The College | Courses | Housing and Meals | Dress Code | Orientation and Excursions | Service Learning | Visa Information | Costs | Program dates | Insurance | Financial Aid | Applications
St. Xavier's is a graduate and undergraduate college located in Kolkata, India. It is a Christian Minority Higher Educational Institution that was founded in 1860 by a Catholic Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. In 2006, it became the first autonomous college in West Bengal, India, and is still affiliated with the University of Calcutta. The newly formed exchange with St. Xavier's College (SXC) is open to all SUNY students.
All participants must take a minimum on 12 credit hours. Students will take 2 mandatory courses, along with two additional courses in either the Arts or Business departments.
- Ethnology of Selected Areas: Indian History, Society, and Politics (4 credits)
- Bengali Language Course (2 credits)
Service Learning Requirement
As is required for all SXC students, exchange students will be required to participate in a number of service learning opportunities for a total of about 2 hours per week (30 hours/semester). More details about the opportunities will be provided once in country.
Housing and Meals
Student are provided housing and meals at the College Hostel, which is about 10 minutes walking distance from the main campus. Meals are provided three times a day in the Hostel cafeteria.
Students at SXC must conform to the dress code. Details on that dress code will be provided prior to departure.
Orientation and Excursions
Students in this program will have a two part in-country orientation. Students will arrive into India's capital city, New Delhi, where they will spend a few days learning about the city and India in general. From there, the students will complete a tour of India's Golden Triangle with excursions to sites in Agra and Jaipur, including the Taj Majal.
Jesuits and Education in India
The Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of Education throughout the world since its origin. In India The Society of Jesus has founded 118 Primary & Middle Schools, 149 High Schools, 41 University Colleges, 22 Technical Institutes and 11 Business Administration Institutes with 11,225 teachers, educating over 300,000 students, belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group. This Institutions are part of the Catholic Church's effort to share in the country's educational undertaking.
The Jesuit College aims at the integral, personal formation of youth. To accomplish this, special efforts are made:
|To help the students become mature, spiritually oriented men and women of character;
|To encourage them to continuously strive for excellence in every field;
|To value and judiciously use their freedom;
|To be clear and firm on principals and courageous in action;
|To be unselfish in the service of their fellowmen; and
|To become agents of needed social change in their country.
The Jesuit College thus aims at making its own contribution towards a transformation of the present-day social condition so that principles of social justice, equality of opportunity, genuine freedom, and respect for religious and moral values, enshrined in the constitution of India, may prevail, and the possibility of living a fully human existence may be available to all.
All participants on this program must apply for a visa in order to study in India. This process will begin once students are accepted into the program. View the Visa Information for more details on this process.
Fall semester: July - early December
Spring Semester: January - early June
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.