Varanasi is a small town with a big heart. If you’re looking for community, there’s nowhere better to start.
As for meals, get ready to love the food! Breakfasts (our chef’s specialty is the masala omelette) and traditional Indian lunches are provided at the Program House. For dinners, you’ll eat with your host family, cook in your apartment, or head out to local eateries.
“Living with my host family was one of the best parts of study abroad. I loved coming home, saying hi to my dadi ji and dada ji, whom I would often see sitting at the nearby chai stall, or stopping by Seema’s room to watch Bollywood music videos. Not only was my host mom happy to chat with me after school, she also included me in going to weddings, shopping trips, or classical music concerts.” – Raina Langevin, University of Rochester, Spring 2016