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  • Locations: Jaipur, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Union applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

India, home to a dizzying tapestry of rich cultural traditions, is the second most populous country in the world, an emerging economic superpower and the world’s largest democracy. India is also at the frontlines of struggles for human rights and poverty alleviation. The term is based in the picturesque city of Jaipur, “the pink city.” Professor Jeffrey Witsoe, an anthropologist who has been doing research in India for more than fifteen years, will lead the term. Through cultural immersion and individualized internships with organizations focused on human rights and the struggle against poverty, students will have life transforming experiences.

Course of Study

The term will introduce students to the process of doing anthropological research, and the cultures of India. This will be done through a hands-on internship experience in an organization working on the struggle for human rights and poverty alleviation. While there is a great deal of spoken English in Jaipur, Hindi instruction will enable students to take their interactions to another level.

Through immersion in the local culture, students will conduct hands-on 'ethnographic' research. Anthropologists feel that it is important to live with members of another culture and to be actively involved in their day-to-day life, ideally through participating in a venture of common interest together. Students will learn this method both through living with an Indian family and through their internship experience to gain a thorough appreciation of the social and cultural forces that shape everyday life in India. They will also learn about the challenges of human rights and anti-poverty efforts.

The three courses offered in India are Hindi (TAB 109T), Culture and Work (ANT 255T) and Independent Study in Anthropology (ANT 490T). Students will meet with the faculty leader two days a week for classes. Readings focus on India’s rich cultures and on human rights and development. Students will devise an original longer project in the second half of the term.


The Taj Mahal, lake resort town of Udaipur, white water rafting and hiking in the Himalayas, a camel safari, and the ancient village of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Successful completion of at least one anthropology course, such as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 110) or Qualitative Methods (ANT 363), before going on the term abroad.


After an initial orientation week in full-service apartments, students live with individual host families in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.


The India term abroad is offered in winter of odd-numbered years.

(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)

  • April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
  • May: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation 
  • Spring term: Orientation meetings
  • January: Program begins
  • March: Program ends

For More Information

Students may email Professor Jeff Witsoe or contact him at 518-388-8376.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.