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Program Description

Overview


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   Quick Facts

  • Explore a diverse landscape, varied food, unparalleled architectural monuments, World Heritage Sites, and colorful festivals
  • Live in the “Garden City,” the hub of India’s technology and business outsourcing revolution
  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities for service learning and volunteering with the Center for Social Action, a student-run service organization
  • Study at one of the finest educational institutions in India, Christ University, located in a trendy and pleasant suburb
  • A multiplex cinema, cappuccino bars, supermarket, discount shopping center and mall are all a five- to ten-minute walk from campus
  • Enjoy cultural immersion activities such volunteer in a local village or help in a nearby hospital
  • USAC students are also paired with Indian “buddies” to help orient them to the university and surrounding areas.
  • NOTE: USAC students are required to follow the dress code of Christ University.

Location


USAC Bangalore
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Location Details

Bengaluru (Bangalore) is the capital of the state of Karnataka and one of India’s most modern cities with malls, bargain shopping centers, espresso shops, nightclubs, and multi-cuisine restaurants. Its abundance of parks and gardens, many built by the British Raj, has earned it the nickname "Garden City." It also is endowed with a pleasant sub-tropical climate (55°-80°F). March through May is the warmest season and most of the rain falls between June and September, leaving the air clean and fresh.

Bangalore's location is an ideal place from which to explore southern India. Within a few hours you can be wandering through the Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore, sunbathing on the beaches of Goa, visiting World Heritage Sites such as Hampi, and taking in one of the world's tallest waterfalls, Jog Falls.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa*. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. 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 Withdrawal Policy

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.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Curriculum
Students will take 12 credit hours (minimum).  All students are required to take Indian Culture and Traditions.

Courses are taught in English. Examples of fields of study include history, sociology, dance, religion, Hindi, and anthropology.  

Courses will be held at Christ University. USAC students are issued a Christ University student ID which allows them full access to all campus facilities and events, as well as access to student discounts in and around Bengaluru. 

Academic Opportunities

USAC Course List  Click here
USAC Course Syllabi  Email syllabus@usac.edu
Submit a USAC Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study) Click here
Non-credit workshops
  • Bollywood Dance
  • Indian Cuisine (additional fee)
  • Yoga 
 
Course Levels, Credits & Grades
  USAC Program ASU
Course Levels 1000-2000 Lower division
3000-4000 Upper division
Credit  3 credits *  3 credits*
Grades USAC programs follow U.S. grading and credit standards.  All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
 
USAC Bangalore


USAC Bangalore
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Housing

USAC Bangalore

USAC Bangalore
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Program Housing

Students can choose the following housing options:

Apartments
Students are placed in co-ed, shared apartments. Each apartment typically consists of two bathrooms, two double rooms, a kitchen, washing machine (no dryer), common area, and small patio. Single rooms are available for an additional cost. The apartments are located in Koramagala; an IT, shopping, and residential hub within a 30- to 45-minute commute to campus by walking or auto-rickshaw. Students live near many local residents.

Residence Hall
The on-campus residence hall is a great opportunity for female students to integrate with locals. The residence hall includes a study room, small gym, washing machines (no dryer), and a TV/entertainment room. All rooms are single occupancy with private bathrooms, refrigerator, and microwave.

Non-USAC-Arranged Housing
If you choose to opt out of USAC-arranged housing--or are thinking about choosing this option--contact your USAC Program Advisor for more details. You are required to have your housing secured prior to arrival as your housing information (including address) will be required at the time of police registration. You must register with the police within 14 days of your arrival in India and you must register in Bengaluru.

More information about housing can be found on the USAC page here.

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

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet,  for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.

Funding

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. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 10/15/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/11/2020 05/08/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed