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UW in India: Varanasi

Traveling Seminar to Other Cities

Your 4-day Traveling Seminar takes learning on the road. Journey to Amritsar and visit the Golden Temple, the most holy site in the Sikh faith, to discuss religious practices with local experts. Or visit Khajuraho to gaze up at monument after monument while learning about religion, esoteric practices, and the effects of tourism.

Orientation in Delhi

Your semester starts with a quick orientation in Delhi. You’ll have sessions on essentials like Indian culture, gender and safety, and basic health precautions. We’ll also help you sort out your local SIM card and register with the necessary government offices. But it’s not all work! You’ll get to know your peers during visits to historic sites in New Delhi—you’ll tour the glorious Jama Masjid, explore the Red Fort, and see Qutb Minar.

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Unwind in Varanasi

Bring your camera on a sunrise walk along the Ganges River. Check out an art exhibit or a lecture at the host university. Visit temples and monasteries in Sarnath, a destination for Buddhists from all over the world. Stumble on a festival you didn’t even know was happening. Or just lose your way in the hidden alleys near your house…you never know what street food you’ll discover.