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Short-Term Summer Program in India


Mumbai, Vadodara, Agra, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, India

Program Description

This program is intended to provide intensive exposure to students in three different geographic regions of India. This summer program takes the students from the east coast to the west coast of India with a break to visit Delhi and Taj Mahal in north India.  We will start in Bhubaneswar (Eastern India on the coast of Bay of Bengal) where students will experience India via on-site lectures, day trips, and service learning activities at local organizations. The program also includes cultural trips to various locations in Bhubaneswar (a modern city fast emerging as a hub of education and information technology), Puri (ancient coastal city with beautiful beaches, and one of the main sites of Hinduism, the main religion of India), and Chandaka Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary (Overnight stay at lodges to watch wild elephants). During the second half of the trip we will explore Vadodara, in Western India, experience the local flavor and make connection with the faculty and students at the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Baroda. we will also travel to Ahmedabad the home of the Gandhi Ashram and Manav Sadhna a not-for- profit which works to strengthen underprivileged communities through a range of community programs.

The course is an opportunity to gain both academic and experience in the application of community building as an equalizing factor in social justice. This course is designed to serve JMU majors from different disciplines and it offers a unique opportunity to learn about peoples (specially young children), cultural diversity, and dynamic society of modern India with its remarkable coexistence of the ancient past and current modern society.  

Location Description

Gujarat, the western-most state of the Indian Republic, has its own 2,000-year history and language, and the longest coastline of any province. Immigration of people to this region and the rich diversity of cultural expression in Gujarat makes it possibly the most diverse of Indian provinces, hosting more religions and ethnic groups than others. and it is the land of Mahatma Gandhi, whose doctrine of non-violent protest came out of earlier indigenous forms of social action. More Indians living in the United States come from the province of Gujarat than from any other region of India.


Ayasakanta Rout | | Communication Sciences and Disorders
Gary Race | | Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence


Accommodations to be announced.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


IPE 490: Education and Healthcare for Children in India (3 credits)

CDS 401: Community Service as a Practice of Nonviolence: Intercultural Practicum (3 credits)