ACM in Pune — Culture, Traditions, and Globalization
The Indian subcontinent provides a rich and complex background for the study of a non-Western civilization. The fall semester ACM India Studies program allows participants live with Indian host families in Pune, a city that is at once both traditional and highly industrialized, offering students an excellent opportunity to observe the interaction of tradition and modernity that characterizes contemporary India. While there, students enroll at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth for an academic session, where they have language instruction, take a foundations course, choose an elective from three other courses, and complete their independent-study projects. Additionally, students enjoy field trips, which can include nearby cultural sites such as the Ajanta and Ellora caves and the pilgrimage to Pandharpur. A variety of extracurricular activities and private lessons in areas such as music, dance, yoga, weaving, and batik, can be arranged. Students travel to other parts of India during holidays and the two-week program break.
Length of Program: Mid-August to Early-December.
Enrollment: 20 students.
Eligibility: Any currently enrolled student may apply, though priority is given to those who will be juniors or seniors.
Credit: 4 units.
Application Deadline: March 10.
Campus Advisor: Tracy Coleman.