Study in India

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India, the home of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, has forged and maintained a sense of national unity in a country unique for its religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. In the last decade, the Indian economy has taken off and the country has come to play an increasingly important role in the world economy.

With its new economic strength and technological know-how, India is also an increasingly important player on the world stage. The Indian film industry, for example, centered in Mumbai, has come to rival Hollywood as an exporter of films.

Programs in India

Quick Facts

CITY: Delhi
PROGRAM CREDITS: 15-19 per semester (4-5 courses)

Pack your bags and head to the monumental, exotic, bustling, and historic city of Delhi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. See for yourself the Raj-era bungalows, beautiful parks, sprawling cityscapes, elegant shops, and chaotic bazaars that characterize this multi-faceted city.

As the seat of the modern Indian government and the historic capital of the Mughal Empire and of British India after 1911, Delhi is the ideal city to explore both contemporary India and its cultural traditions. IES Abroad Delhi offers a rigorous academic program that focuses on contemporary India in its cultural and historical context. You can pursue your own academic interests through a broad range of IES Abroad courses and by taking courses at local universities in Delhi.

The program’s many focused courses offer a thorough immersion into Indian culture: The Cities of Delhi course introduces you to the diverse layers in the environment where you live and study and provides
you with an opportunity for individualized field research in an area of your interest.

In addition, the Hindi language courses give you the chance to practice your language skills, allowing you to better experience the Indian culture. Other courses integrate local course-related excursions into their syllabi to expand your academic experience in Delhi and surrounding parts of north India.

Delhi will be your classroom. Sample Indian fare, including kababs and biryanis, from local eateries. Try your hand at bargaining for artisans’ crafts at one of the city’s bustling open air markets. And don’t miss visiting awe-inspiring monuments, mosques, and architectural wonders like the Red Fort, one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi.

We want you to feel at home in India, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Delhi. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Deepen your understanding of Indian life through an internship, service learning opportunity, or volunteer placement in the local community. Gain valuable cultural insight, meet residents, and learn more about the complex socioeconomic issues in India by volunteering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer a wide variety of services, ranging from health care to environmental projects.

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in  the email we would send to you.


US/HS/AN 301 – Cities Of Delhi (Fall, Spring)
Business Administration

BS/IN 395 – Internships in Entrepreneurship (Fall, Spring)

SO/EC 321 – Indian Socio-Economic Development (Fall, Spring)
SO/EC/SL 395 – Service Learning (Fall, Spring)
Film Studies

WS/LT/FS 383 – Indian Women In Fiction And Cinema (Fall, Spring)

HN 101 – Beginning Hindi (Fall, Spring)
HN 201 – Intermediate Hindi (Fall, Spring)

HS 334 – India Since Independence (Fall)
US/HS/AN 301 – Cities Of Delhi (Fall, Spring)
Independent Study

MS/ID 170 – Independent Study In Indian Performing Arts ()
Internship Seminar

BS/IN 395 – Internships in Entrepreneurship (Fall, Spring)

WS/LT/FS 383 – Indian Women In Fiction And Cinema (Fall, Spring)

MS 295 – Indian Classical Performing Arts (Fall, Spring)
MS/ID 170 – Independent Study In Indian Performing Arts ()
Physical Education, Recreation

PH/PE 200 – Yoga Philosophy And Practice (Fall, Spring)

PH/PE 200 – Yoga Philosophy And Practice (Fall, Spring)
Religious Studies

RL 269 – Sacred Spaces & Ritual Practices: Perspectives on Faith in India (Fall, Spring)
Service Learning

SO/EC/SL 395 – Service Learning (Fall, Spring)

SO/EC 321 – Indian Socio-Economic Development (Fall, Spring)
SO/EC/SL 395 – Service Learning (Fall, Spring)
Urban Studies

US/HS/AN 301 – Cities Of Delhi (Fall, Spring)
Women’s Studies

WS/LT/FS 383 – Indian Women In Fiction And Cinema (Fall, Spring)


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  1. Add international work experience to your résumé
  2. Gain real work experience and skills
  3. Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Available Fields
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Media, Business
  • Education
  • Health

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Delhi is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Delhi, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community.

These organizations typically focus on environmental issues, social and child welfare, economic development, health, housing, rural development, nutrition, cultural heritage, and animal welfare.

Placement Examples:

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Social, Women and Child Welfare

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