Dharamsala, India (Outgoing Program)
Loyola Himalaya Adventure Program in India 2017
The Loyola Program in India offers students the opportunity for summer study in regions of North India that are striking for their cultural diversity, natural beauty, and historical richness. The program will be based in Dharamsala, located in the Kangra Valley in the shadow of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.
The Summer Program in Dharamsala, India, is open to all students in good standing at Loyola or their home university. Students will take the courses, Religious Ecologies of South Asia and Cultures of North India and Tibet. Lodging in Dharamsala will be in comfortable double rooms in a Tibetan guesthouse. In Delhi, we will explore the Pahar Ganj (old bazaar), visit the Digambar Jain Temple, and the Nizam ud-Din Dargah (tomb and shrine for a famous Sufi saint). A day trip to Agra will take us to see the Taj Mahal. On the trip to Tso Pema, we will visit cave-dwelling Tibetan nuns, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, and a Sikh gurudwara. In Mandi we will see Hindu temples and have clothes made by Indian tailors. In and around Dharamsala, we will visit the Main Temple of the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Children’s Village, and take an optional trek up Triund mountain to spend two nights in a rustic lodge in an alpine meadow.
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Class ScheduleThere will usually be 75 minutes of class time each day for each course. The schedule will vary according to the demands of the travel itinerary.
There will be two mandatory meetings with the students accepted for the program on March 9 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and on April 27 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m (location to be announced) to discuss courses and trip information.
The program costs $5,200, which covers health insurance, airfare, lodging, group meals, transportation in India, and credit for two Loyola advanced common curriculum courses. A deposit of $520 along with the on-line application, including a one-page personal statement, are due on February 17. Participants selected for the program and those on the waiting list will be announced by February 24. The balance of $4,680 is due by April 10. The deposit will be refunded to students not selected for the program. Checks should be made out to Loyola University New Orleans.
Loyola’s general academic policies apply to study abroad programs. Students must attend all classes and trips (except in case of illness) to fulfill the requirements for the courses. Communications with the mutual learning partner before and during the trip are part of the learning experience and are required. There will be written assignments that are graded.
All program applicants must provide the Center for International Education (CIE) a photocopy of their passport on or before February 17. Students accepted into the program are responsible for obtaining a 30 day e-tourist visa which can be applied for online within 30 days of departure.
Apply online: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
The Center for International Education (CIE) will be happy to discuss health care concerns you may have related to study abroad. Integration into a new culture and learning environment creates particular challenges, both mental and physical, for an individual. For this reason, if you are currently receiving treatment for any chronic illness it is strongly recommended that you talk with the CIE director or your doctor about plans to manage your health condition abroad.
FacultyAnne Daniell is an instructor of religious studies. She received her Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from Drew University, where she focused on Ecological and Feminist theologies, and her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied Christianity and world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism.
Michael Smith, instructor and program coordinator, has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University. He speaks fluent Tibetan and Hindi, and has conducted ethnographic research in Nepal on a Fulbright Scholarship.