Study Abroad Opportunities

Syracuse University offers a number of options

In the spirit of the rich tradition of South Asian studies at Syracuse, the University offers a number of options for students who wish to study in India. SUAbroad works through their World Partners, Pitt in the Himalayas and South India Term Abroad (SITA), and SIT to allow students to study for a semester in India. Those students who do not want to spend an entire semester in India have several shorter programs from which to choose. Please see below for more details.

Studying in the Himalayas

Pitt in the Himalayas offers Syracuse students the opportunity to study and live in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, one of the most geographically diverse and culturally rich areas of the Indian subcontinent. With the academic leadership of experienced Pitt faculty, students will spend a semester in India taking up to 15 credits in anthropology, with extensive academic excursions to contextualize course content and make the most of this program's spectacular setting.

A Semester in South India

Syracuse students have the opportunity to study in Madurai, Tamil Nadu through the South India Term Abroad (SITA) program run through the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As part of the program, students will take two required courses and two elective courses which include courses such as "Media, Culture and Urban Identity", "Myth, Religion and Art" and courses on environment and development.

Choose from Two SIT Programs

The SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action program explores the links between public health, policy advocacy, and community with a focus on women, children, tribal communities, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations in India. You will explore the city of New Delhi, visit rural and tribal communities, take seminars on topics such as health tourism and mental health in India, work with an Indian NGO, and learn Hindi. You will also work on an Independent Study Project to critically examine a topic, situation, or community relevant to the topic of health and human rights in India.


You could also examine socioeconomic and development trends in Northern India as well as the tensions and challenges shaping India today. Located in Jaipur, a city of 3 million people, the SIT India: Sustainable Development and Social Change program allows you to focus on sustainability and development in an emerging global city.

Short Term Programs

Students who would like to study in India for a shorter period can chose from short term programs that run for two weeks to a month. In 2010-2011,  SUAbroad offered a month long program, "A Path to Water," in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In 2012, students will have the opportunity to intern at the Whistling Woods International film studios in Mumbai as part of the popular ‘Bollywood Snapshots’ program. For other programs, please check the SUAbroad website.   

Language Learning Opportunities

In addition to semester-long and short term programs, there are also opportunities to study language in India through the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). AIIS has summer, academic year-long and semester programs in Hindi, Urdu, Panjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam,  among others. Please look under Funding for more information on these programs.