Study Abroad

Short-term Academic Year Programs

Following feedback that Penn students were seeking shorter-term options overseas, the South Asia Center has designed an innovative new programfor undergraduates: the C.U. in India program is a hybrid, domestic/overseas course series featuring yearlong, 2-credit unit (C.U.) courses in which students meet weekly at Penn in the fall and spring terms, and travel to India with their instructor for 2 weeks over the winter break to engage course topics on the ground.

Professors in the Business, Social Work, Nursing, and Engineering Schools also lead seminars with travel components to South Asia. 

Semester or Full Academic Year Programs

The Penn Abroad office helps to arrange semester-long study abroad opportunities for undergraduates at various higher education institutions in India and Nepal, including the pre-approved Alliance for Global Education: Contemporary India in Pune program and the SIT India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy and Community Program (BHH) and accepts petitions for credit for a wide range of other institutions’ programs such as the SIT Study Abroad programs.

CASI awards competitive summer internship placements and summer research travel funds to Penn undergraduates.

Summer Language Study

There are a number of excellent summer language study opportunities for Penn students, both overseas and in the US: 

·         The Hindi-Urdu Summer STARTALK Institute is an intensive 3-week program on Penn’s campus for high school students and Penn undergraduates.  This program is contingent upon grant funding.

·         The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) is an intensive eight-week program featuring a variety of South Asian languages.  Open to undergraduate and graduate students nationwide, it is held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

·         The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) offers intensive, immersion-based training in modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India.  Summer (8 weeks), semester, and full academic year programs are available.

 Other India study abroad options

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