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SAO Faculty Led Program: GLBL 298: Cultural Diversity and Transitional Economy of Globalizing India (winter)
Delhi, India; Jabalpur, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Winter Break
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
GLBL 298 India

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Office present
a Fall/Winter Faculty-Led Program:

Global Studies 298: Cultural Diversity and Transitional Economy of Globalizing India
Delhi & Jabalpur, India

On-campus meetings:  Begin second half of Fall 2016 semester, Wednesdays 6 - 7:20pm, location TBD
Program Dates Abroad: December 26, 2016 - January 13, 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2016


Course Description
Syllabus - GLBL India Syllabus WB16-17.pdf

You will study and experience the cultural and linguistic diversities of India and understand how a multicultural and multilingual India is being impacted by globalization, both economically and culturally. The course will enable you to experience the three distinct realities of India – rural/tribal, urban, and metropolitan. While in India, you will get opportunities to interact with local students, people, officials, and professionals from diverse fields.

Students interested in or pursuing research on specific topics related to linguistic, cultural and economic changes in India will be encouraged to focus on their chosen interest or research in their required paper and poster for this course. 

Faculty Leader Bios
Mithilesh Mishra

Dr. Mithilesh Mishra is the Director and Language Coordinator of Hindi and Urdu, the Advisor for the Minor in Hindi Studies and the Senior Lecturer of Hindi. 

Tanu Kohli
Dr. Tanu Kohli is a Lecturer and Academic Adviser in the LAS Program Global Studies. She specializes in the impact of globalization in transition economies. 

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the SAO will organize a group flight for this course, as long as there are more than 10 participants. All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
All of the application process can be completed online.
All faculty-led program applications require at minimum:
  • 5 short answer personal essay questions (max of 200 words each)
  • Passport photocopy OR receipt as proof of application for a new or renewed passport (passport must be valid)
  • Unofficial Illinois transcript (not required for first semester freshmen)
  • A few short questionnaires and signature documents 
*It is at the program leader’s discretion to require an interview as part of the application process. 
Program Academics & Eligibility

Classes carry three hours of college credit and are taught by U of I faculty.  All Global Studies Courses Abroad are designated as GLBL 298.  The courses begin during the second eight weeks of the Fall 2014 term, and include two weeks "in the field" abroad.

Application Requirements:  Illinois undergraduates  
Languages of Instruction:  English

*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

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Housing & Meals

Housing: Hotels or private guest houses

Meals:  In Delhi students will buy their own means from a variety of sources on a recommended list. 

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Program Fee

If the Illinois Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, you will have 1 week to change your status of accepted to committed. If you withdraw after committing to the program, there is a non-refundable $300 withdrawal fee. Depending on when you withdraw, there could also be additional non-refundable fees. 

2016-17 estimated PROGRAM FEE: TBD
2015-16 estimated PROGRAM FEE: $3,235 (based on 15 committed students-see below for overall total cost)

*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants. 

Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Program Fee Includes: International airfare, on-site transportation, housing and meals, orientation programs, program excursions, and international health insurance.

Program Fee Does Not Include: Personal expenses while abroad (est. $150) and visa costs (est. $100) if applicable. These are off-budget costs that are estimated and will be expenses that come out of your own pocket.  

2016-17 estimated TOTAL COST including Program Fee and off-budget costs: TBD
2015-16 estimated TOTAL COST including Program Fee and off-budget costs: $3,485 (based on 15 committed students)

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Scholarship Opportunities

LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship:
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination. 

Other scholarships:
You should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship AND the Charles Wert India-Illinois Scholarship (which is an International Programs and Studies Scholarship).  For more information on both of these scholarships and more, click here.  If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.

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Contact Information

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the faculty leader, Professor Mithilesh Mishra or Professor Tanu Kohli or a Program Assistant in the Office of Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (IAGE).  The Office of IAGE is located at:

910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2016-2017 09/15/2016 09/16/2016 12/26/2016 01/13/2017
Winter Break 2017-2018 09/10/2017 09/10/2017 TBA TBA