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UW in India

Explore Varanasi

Intense. Exhilarating. Complex. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, yet there’s something new around every corner. Explore the labyrinth of neighborhood alleys while sipping a cool lassi. Keep an eye out for the Prime Minister’s entourage…he visits once a month. Observe the daily rituals that take place on the ghats near the Ganges River. What will you find in Varanasi?

Take Intensive Hindi or Urdu

Summer’s the perfect time to focus on language. You’ll take a full load of Hindi or Urdu language classes—nothing but language. The intensive curriculum, combined with all the extra daily practice you’ll get by chatting with your host mom or striking up a conversation with the chai stand owner down the street, means that in 8 weeks, your language skills will be transformed.

Get Project GO Funding

This program is approved for Project GO funding. If you’re a ROTC student who meets the eligibility requirements, you can head to Varanasi with full funding in hand. Project GO requires a different application than the program itself, with an earlier deadline of January 17. So don’t wait…get going on what will be one of the most rewarding summers of your college career.

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Summer 06/07/2017 08/03/2017 8 Weeks 8 None February 1
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Your transcript will come from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW-Madison and CET

CET partners with University of Wisconsin-Madison to operate this program. You get the best of both worlds—UW’s longterm presence in India and exceptional academics + CET’s three decades of experience in study abroad. The best part: you don’t have to be a UW student to attend. Students from all schools are welcome to apply through UW and earn UW credit.

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.

Curriculum & Syllabi

You take one comprehensive course that covers all aspects of Hindi or Urdu language learning.

Intensive Hindi Language

You are placed into one of these courses:

Beginning Hindi
8 credits

Intermediate Hindi
8 credits

Advanced Hindi
8 credits

Intensive Urdu Language

You are placed into one of these courses:

Beginning Urdu
8 credits

Intermediate Urdu
8 credits

Advanced Urdu
8 credits

Faculty Spotlight

Harini Narayanan
Program Director

Harini Narayanan has extensive experience as a faculty member and administrator for study abroad programs in India, having taught courses on Delhi, Modern Indian History and Sacred Geographies for US undergraduates in Delhi before joining the CET-UW program in Varanasi. A journalist and urban geographer by training, she has completed doctoral coursework in Urban Geography and an MS in Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Harini researches and writes about the built environment and urban change, and advises not-for-profit organizations on issues related to urban and social equity. She has lived in India, the US, the UK, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, and is fluent in three languages.

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Program Fees

Program fees are paid directly to UW-Madison. View program fees and estimated out-of-pocket costs on the UW-Madison website.