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  • Locations: Agra, India; Aurangabad, India; Delhi, India; Jaipur, India; Mumbai, India; Pune, India
  • Program Terms: December
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Homestay, Hostel
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, RD, SCBI Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Indian Umbrella

DePaul students will have the opportunity to integrate course content with observations of Indian society, conversations with Indians including with students form Symbiosis International University in Pune to broaden their understanding of Indian identities. Click here for a video about the program.

Nila Ginger Hofman is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Community Service Studies. Dr. Hofman studies urban populations, focusing specifically on labor and gender. She is the author of a number of articles that record the lives of urban populations, including undocumented immigrants and injection drug users in Chicago, intellectual elites in Mérida, Mexico and Roma women in Zagreb, Croatia. She has also written about feminist research ethics and methodologies, and has conducted research on women’s working lives in Croatia, India, Mexico and in the United States.
Randall Honold is an Assistant Dean of Academic Services at DePaul.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
Course ANT 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Class meeting times Tuesdays and Thursdays (LPC)
Liberal Studies Domain Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI) or Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Nila Hofman
Course description Using cultural analysis as our framework, we shall enhance our understanding of everyday life in India. Specifically, we will use cultural analysis and anthropological research methods (observing, documenting and reflecting) to address how globalization and neoliberal economics have impacted different aspects of Indian society including dating and marriage, class and caste, youth, gender and consumption patterns. .
Course PHL 234: Philosophy and Modern Society
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Class meeting times Tuesdays and Thursdays (LPC)
Liberal Studies Domain Philosophical Inquiry or Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Randall Honold
Course description This course examines the concept of “modernity” and asks in what ways India is a modern society.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotels and hostels double-occupancy.

We will visit sites of cultural, including religious, significance such as the Taj Mahal, Gandhi’s palace and residence, the Ellora and Ajanta caves, Mumbai beach among many others.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the India's Identities program will need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Important Note: Anyone of Pakistani origin (or with relatives of Pakistani origin) is extremely likely to encounter challenges while attempting to secure a visa to visit India. When applying for an Indian visa, being “of Pakistani origin” applies not only to those who were born in Pakistan themselves, but anyone—irrespective of their current nationality—whose parents or grandparents were born in Pakistan. If this applies to you, we strongly suggest that you consider applying to a different study abroad program outside of India. While some students in this situation have occasionally secured an Indian visa in the past, it was an extremely difficult and unpredictable process. The majority of students in this situation have not been able to secure a visa and have been forced to withdraw from their program at the last minute, resulting in significant financial penalties as outlined in the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy and no way to receive class credit. If you fall into the category “of Pakistani origin” as defined by the Indian government, please contact your Study Abroad Program Manager to discuss your situation before you move forward with applying to a program in India.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Bring medication for all sorts of ailments, just in case.
  • Bring books and journals and things to do, there will be lots of long bus rides and time sitting in airports.
  • Be patient and ask questions.
  • Pack lightly and bring snacks. Do not bring non-necessities.
  • Remember to journal and record your emotions and reactions to your experience while everything is still fresh in your mind!
  • Do research beforehand on India and Indian culture.
  • Stick with a buddy or a small group!
  • Be conscious of what you are consuming and make sure you’re buying and drinking a lot of water.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.