Is this Program Right for You?
Administered by IFSA, the Contemporary India Program
in the city of Pune aims to introduce undergraduate students to some of key areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. Environmental issues, development, social justice, economics and public health are areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions. Students on the program will have the opportunity to intensively study these areas while doing a related internship and immersing themselves in Indian culture.
The program is designed for students from a wide variety of majors and academic interests, with a curriculum that spans development studies, economics, public health, environmental studies, international affairs, political science, film and media studies, anthropology, history, and women's studies.
In addition to elective course options in Environmental Issues, Public Health, Indian Film, Development Economics, Social Justice and Hindi language, among others, the program featuers a required core course on Contemporary India and a required Internship or Directed Research Project, which act as key components of the program. Information on the courses can be found at the IFSA website.
For students who wish to pursue internships, this includes potential placements within Pune's most exciting NGOs, multi-national businesses, IT companies, cultural organizations, research institutes and think tanks. Students who choose to pursue directed field research are paired with a faculty member or other expert in the area of their interest, including but not limited to: performing arts; photojournalism or documentary film-making; tribal, environmental or women's issues, public health, or text-based historical research.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Pune (pronounced Poona), a vibrant, dynamic center of both traditional and modern India with a wide and varied array of academic, cultural, professional offerings, has been chosen as our location for this program. On the program, students will have access to the best of Pune's academic institutions and research facilities, its rich cultural life, its thriving student scene, and its leading NGOs and multi-nationals. The IFSA Contemporary India program is based at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, one of the oldest and most prestigious research and training institutes in economics in India. Founded in 1930 by the Servants of India Society, and renowned Nationalist Leader, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the Gokhale Institute occupies a beautiful green campus in the thriving, centrally-located Deccan Gymkhana neighborhood. IFSA students enjoy the best of campus life while utilizing a welcoming program office and modern classrooms dedicated to IFSA courses and activities.
Housing and Meals
The program offers a range of housing options in Pune: from apartments shared with Indian roommates, to semi-independent homestay living arrangements with Indian families. Meal arrangements vary according to housing arrangements, but students are responsible for most of their meals. Breakfasts are provided on weekdays at the program center, and there are plentiful inexpensive eateries around the Gokhale Institute neighborhood, bustling with Pune's vibrant student population.
For more information on the program, students should visit the IFSA Pune program website.