Daily Life in Varanasi
Of course Varanasi has arts, culture, and history, but it’s the city’s sacred position on the Ganges River that makes it perfect for study abroad. People from all over India come here on pilgrimage to practice, to practice, to purify. Simply by living here for one short summer, you’ll be able to gain an understanding of India that most outsiders never do.
The Program House
The program’s home base is known as The Program House—it is used by UW in India staff and students alone. Here is where you’ll take classes, use wifi, or hang out with peers in the lounge.
Housing & Meals
You’ll live in a homestay with a local family. Your host family will soon become your friends and your keys to the city. Watch Bollywood movies with your host sister. Ask your host brother for help buying train tickets. As for meals, get ready to write home raving about 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 or head out to local eateries.