This program is designed to put emphasis on spreading education among the underprivileged rural children in villages in West Bengal, India. The program partners with St. Xavier’s College of Kolkata, which has an ongoing and structural outreach and service project in nearby villages. Students will be exposed to and immersed in cultural, historical, and social aspects of contemporary Indian society. Other sessions will be on Yoga Education, Indian Art and Culture, Indian History, Education Policies of India; Literary works of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda as an educator and Jesuit Values, along with Life in Kolkata (the City of Joy). During the program, the students will stay in the village school for two days and for the rest they will attend specially-designed sessions at St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata (SXC) to understand better the cultural and societal context.
Students will be offered opportunities to learn about an issue of their interest in the host country, contribute to an existing “Adopt a Village project, Kolkata, India,” reflect and examine the factors contributing to the creation of the issue and its continuation, and apply the solution to their topic of interest in a respectful and culturally informed way. The course can provide an “academic jump start” to students interested in pursuing independent research and projects overseas in countries such as India or be a valuable project and trip unto itself designed to address some of the grand challenges of our time.
Additional Trip Information: Students will join their Oswego professor for two days of cultural exploration in Delhi and Agra including visiting the Taj Mahal.
Course Meeting Time
Travel Itinerary (Tentative Dates - may change)
|Saturday, January 4
||Departure from the U.S.
|Sunday, January 5
||Arrive in New Delhi, India and go to the hotel.
|Monday, January 6
||Trips include Aakshardham Temple, Delhi Haat, Lotus temple, Qutab Minar. Overnight in New Delhi.
|Tuesday, January 7
||Early morning train to Agra. Visits to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight in New Delhi.
| Wednesday, January 8
||Leave for Kolkata from New Delhi by plane.
||Kolkata and West Bengal village program.
|Friday, January 19
||Return from Kolkata to New Delhi and from New Delhi to the US.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed at a residence and eat meals provided by St. Xavier’s College.
Program Costs (Budget Sheets)
The cost information (with details of included and additional costs) can be found by clicking the link below.
- September 25th: $250 deposit due
- October 15th: Program Balance due
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. Contact the Financial Aid office (206 Culkin) for information.
Course Enrollment & Requirements
Participants must be matriculated Oswego students. Interested students will be registered for "GLS 402 Palaces to Villages in India" during course registration by the Office of International Education and Programs. A course syllabus can be found here. Prerequisite: GLS 200 or instructor permission. No special requirements related to language proficiency.