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Program Description


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Quick Facts

A ten-day leadership workshop “in the field” of urban New Delhi and rural Rajasthan, India –  the program fee is fully covered for students enrolled in at least one CEL course in Spring 2021. Students will pay all non-billable costs out of pocket.

Program components include:
  • December 31 - January 10, 2021

  • Three days of seminars in New Delhi with leaders in India's cultural, religious, political, and economic sectors. 

  • Peer-to-peer workshops with students at Delhi University and Mayo College in Ajmer, Rajasthan. 

  • Leadership practicum through development, from October to December, of a service project that ASU student teams will implement in March (in the field) with a partner NGO in rural Rajasthan – with the goal of embodying Mahatma Gandhi's exhortation to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

  • Travel with global education experts to iconic sites in northern India, including the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid in Delhi and the old city of Jaipur. 

  • Trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra. 

  • Pre-trip readings and discussion of the history, culture, and politics of India.  Post-trip reflection on global leadership and citizenship, and on this leadership workshop in India as a springboard for further service and learning.

    Your application is due on September 15.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information.



Location Details

Immersion in the legacies of colonialism in India at Delhi’s Connaught Place and Gandhi’s tomb, in India’s diverse religious heritage at the Jama Masjid and in various Hindu shrines.  In this cosmopolitan city that serves as the seat of India’s national government, we will meet and discuss leadership with India’s economic, political, and cultural leaders.  These meetings will be followed by peer-to-peer critical issues leadership workshop with Delhi University students at Fulbright House.

This desert setting will give us the opportunity to visit the Barefoot College, an NGO run by and for villagers, as well as to engage Indian students at Ajmer’s storied Mayo College. 

Amid the sandstone of the “Pink City,” we’ll experience India’s rich artisanal tradition, learn the history of Hindu princes in northern India, and interview Rajasthanis working to improve the condition of rural Indians.

Before returning to the USA from Delhi, the group will take a day-trip to India’s iconic Taj Mahal, to reflect on “greatness” ancient, medieval, and modern.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in at least one course with the CEL prefix in spring 2021. 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Students must complete a written application and will be interviewed by SCETL faculty.  This is a competitive program; twelve students will be selected from the applicant pool for this program.
Students will be notified by SCETL within a week of the submission deadline if they are selected for an interview, and interviews will take place in the middle of September.  Selections will be finalized by September 25, 2020, and students will be notified via SCETL and through their online study abroad applications.  

Selected students will be required to attend five pre-program orientation meetings.  At the same time, they will work in student teams to develop a service project with the help of a local NGO in Rajasthan.  They will make presentations on their progress at pre-program meetings.  Post-program, students will complete an analysis of their project’s successes and failures, to include reflection on themselves as project leaders and cultural integrators, and on the entire international experience.


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:
  • CEL 394: Leadership and Service GIE: India (3 credits)*
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

This is a Global Intensive Experience pre-spring course.  Students will participate in pre-program class meetings during the fall semester (times and dates to be determined by the selected group, on the Tempe campus).  Students will return to campus and complete a post-program debrief and service leadership reflection. 

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Faculty Directors

Dr. Susan Carrese
Clinical Assistant Professor and SCETL Experiential Education Coordinator
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Discovery Hall 2013 (Tempe Campus)
Phone: 719-238-7892

Dr. Paul Carrese
SCETL School Director and Professor
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Office: Coor Hall, Tempe Campus

Dr. Susan Carrese




Program Housing

Students will be staying in double rooms in simple but clean hotels or guest houses.  All meals will be in hotels or restaurants.  Students must be capable of walking up to three miles per day on rough roads or sidewalks.  All transport will be in a private bus.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in India, public transportation and most public and private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in India, same-sex sexual activity is criminalized, and societal discrimination based on sexual orientation is common.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in India, attitudes towards women are conservative in regards to behavioral expectations, including dress. Most women dress conservatively in India, even in urban areas. Female students are advised to bring light, loose, layered clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. Violence towards women is known to occur, and students may find a lack of meaningful response to incidents from local police; community support and understanding may also be different from the U.S. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in India, students should be aware that visible tourists may be more aggressively approached by merchants, taxi drivers, etc, and may encounter quoted price inflations for goods and services. Additionally, due to the territorial conflict between India and China, prejudices towards Asian-Americans may be experienced, depending on the region of the country.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Spring 2021 is $0.  

All program costs will be covered by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership for accepted students.  Students will be responsible for all non-billable costs, which are outlined below in the "not included" section and which can be found in the cost sheet.*

Program Fee includes: Housing, meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: tuition for one credit, round trip airfare to and from India, passport & visa fees, travel clinic screening and immunizations, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*If a student withdraws after confirming to the program, the student will owe all withdrawal fees.  The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will not cover cancellation fees.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.