Programs Sponsored by the South Asia Center:
What is the relationship between textiles and technology, globalization and gabardine, or craftsmanship and class? The “Weaving Stories” program in South India seeks to answer such questions by focusing on Indian weavers who thread together creativity and artistry in sarees, carpets, clothing, and handicrafts, as well as the ways that weaving traditions are embedded in broader cultural, social, and global relationships.
Early Fall 2017
This 3.5 week exploration seminar provides UW students an immersive opportunity to explore some of the ideas and contemporary debates surrounding development as a set of shifting practices and contested ideal that animates contemporary Nepali society; particularly in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes. Highlights include:
- Meeting Nepali students, scholars, and experts;
- Homestay with families in a rural village;
- Visit with Nepali government and NGOs; and
- Seeing local cultural and historical sites.
When: August 21, 2016 – September 13, 2016
Where: Kathmandu, Kavre district
Who: UW undergraduate/graduate students
Courses: 5 credits SIS 392 or GH 490
Explore India’s Himalaya—Yoga, Culture, Politics, Environment (Uttarakhand, India)
OTHER PROGRAMS at UW:
This study abroad course being offered in Early Fall 2016 is designed to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in a developing and resource-poor country (India). Health challenges and the health care system in India, as well as the policies and interventions aimed to reduce inequalities in health, will be explored. This course is expected to provide a rich global experience for students as well as an opportunity to observe health professionals and agencies in a developing nation.
Two clinical placement sites will be used for this program: (1) Christian Medical College in Vellore, India and (2) Sri Ramachandra Medical Center in Chennai, India.
While in India, field trips to health and social agencies, occupational sites, schools, and rural clinics will be scheduled. Lectures by local faculty and professionals in health and human services will be arranged. Discussion groups when in India will be held as well.
Winter and Spring 2017
Spiritual, beautiful, and home to some 1.2 billion people, the vibrancy and sheer scale of India is peerless. And with CIEE study abroad in Hyderabad, it’s yours to discover.
Combining a robust curriculum with genuine intercultural experiences, you’ll earn credit towards your major/minor while exploring the cultural and economic significance of the largest democracy on earth. Situated at the gateway between northern and southern India, Hyderabad’s location give you fascinating insight into the linguistic, culinary, political, religious, and cultural diversity of the region.
UW Tacoma’s Office of International Programs and School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has partnered with Seattle Colleges to offer a new short-term internship abroad program with a focus on healthcare and volunteer service in the developing world: Global Impact. Students join faculty, staff, healthcare professionals and community members, to deliver healthcare and other volunteer services in developing countries during early fall 2017. Students choose from three program location options: India, Peru, or Vietnam.
Service can take many forms on an international service-learning program but it will always involve a meaningful, community-driven project as an essential component of the program. You will develop a new appreciation for the power of partnering to meet community needs. Though, Global Impact programs are focused on delivering healthcare in the developing world, there are always additional placement projects and sites for participants who are not experienced in delivering healthcare. We work in partnership with organizations which are already delivering these services.
Spring Break 2016
UW Bothell Global Initiatives and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer a unique Spring Break 2016 opportunity to explore gender, media and human rights-related issues in India. During two weeks spent in New Delhi, with a weekend trip to Agra and Jaipur, students will have the opportunity to participate in a filmmaking workshop, visit with women-focused organizations, interact with college students and women from urban and rural areas, and read cultural and literary representations of women’s issues. Students will return to the U.S. for the second part of the course, integrating their learning with the UW Bothell curriculum of Global Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. The second portion of the class will involve three class meetings and online work during Spring Quarter.
Business India – “Half the Sky”: Women and Business Making a Difference (Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, and Mumbai, India)
India is the world’s largest democracy. In dollar terms it will have the world’s third largest GDP by 2040. Its domestic economy was growing at about 9% per annum, prior to the current global economic downturn. It has a young, educated and skilled workforce, and is a significant player in the global economy.
At the same time, India retains many of the characteristics of a developing country as its business and legal institutions and infrastructure grow and change. In many ways, its cultural and societal norms continue to reflect those of an agriculture-based society rather than the industrial and economic force the country is becoming. The distinction between the “haves” and the “have-nots” continues to be striking.
These characteristics make India a great destination for UW students interested in learning about business, cultures, and developing countries. India will most certainly impact many – if not most – students in a variety of disciplines as they pursue their post-university careers.
Chandigarh International Collaborative Design Studio (Chandigarh, India)
This Winter Quarter Studio program offers students the unique opportunity to study in Chandigarh India, one of the most renowned modern cities of the world, designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950’s. Students will have an opportunity to use Chandigarh College of Architecture as a base while also being introduced to local professional and academic resources in Chandigarh. Courses include design studio, History of Indian Architecture, and a seminar studying the architecture and urban design of Chandigarh and its environs. 15 credits. Contact: Vikram Prakash.
Nursing India: Health Issues in a Developing Nation (Chennai and Vellore, India)
Early Autumn 2013
This study abroad course being offered in Early Fall 2012 is designed to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in a developing and resource-poor country (India). Health challenges and the health care system in India, as well as the policies and interventions aimed to reduce inequalities in health, will be explored. This course is expected to provide a rich global experience for students as well as an opportunity to observe health professionals and agencies in a developing nation.
Honors/CHID/English India: Social Justice & NGO Activism (Bangalore, India)
Everyone talks about becoming a “global citizen,” but what does this really mean? How do events unfolding across the world–and India in particular– intersect with our lives here in the Pacific Northwest? How do outsourcing and globalization play out in actual people’s lives and livelihoods? Is there such a thing as transnational solidarity and an international movement for social justice? If so, what might that look like?
To help answer some of these questions, we will learn about and explore the current scene of social justice activism in Bangalore through partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGO) throughout the city. We will be introduced to issues of urban dislocation, gender and sexuality issues, traffic and transportation, waste disposal, children’s rights, rural women, and development. Our program in Bangalore will help us learn about the city and its people, and encourage analysis that takes into account history, language politics, gender relations, caste divisions, poverty and affluence. We hope to cultivate an appreciation of the incredible challenges that organizations and activists face in Bangalore, as well as the joys and gifts of doing this work.
Environment and Development in the Indian Himalayas
The 2012 Summer Quarter UW India Himalaya – Development, Environment & Sustainability Study Abroad Program is a nine week opportunity for UW students to study and live in the Kumaun Himalaya in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The academic focus of the program examines the political economy of development in India and considers the dynamics of formal and informal labor, environmental change and integrated rural development.
Half the Sky – Social Entrepreneurship and Making a Difference (Bangalore, India)
This program immerses students in India’s vibrant culture and issues of its emerging economic power with particular emphasis on social entrepreneurship and the astonishing situation of women in business. In some industries like banking, women are assuming leadership positions at a rate far faster than in the U.S., creating inspiring new models for leadership and team building. At the other end of the economic spectrum, illiterate and semi-literate women are forming collectives, taking out small loans, and building networks of micro-enterprises to find prosperity. In the process, they are transforming the way global government and development groups think about fighting poverty. WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM!
UW Affiliated Programs:
CIEE Art and Sciences Program (Hyderabad, India)
SIT Study Abroad India: Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture (New Delhi, India)
SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples (Kathmandu, Nepal)
SIT Study Abroad Nepal: Development and Social Change (Kathmandu, Nepal)