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  • Locations: New Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Applications for Summer/Fall/Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
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Area of study: Anthropology, Asian studies, Global studies, Hindi, Journalism, Journalism and mass communication, Media & Journalism, Religious studies, South Asian studies, Urdu Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: Yes Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English, Hindi, Urdu
Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

UNC Summer in India

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
UNC-CH is proud to offer students the opportunity to study Indian culture and Hindi language in this summer immersion program that travels to several cities! Led by UNC Department of Asian Studies faculty members Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, this program allows students to explore a variety of fascinating and contrasting cultures and regions. Three weeks are based in New Delhi, the vibrant political and cultural capital of India, along with excursions to Agra, Aligarh, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. The group will also travel together to Jaipur (The Pink City) for an extended excursion before returning to New Delhi.

This program is also open to non-UNC students! Duke students are also eligible to apply to the Phillips Ambassador scholarship. 


As the political capital of an enormous and very diverse nation, New Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with world-class shopping, restaurants, parks, and historical monuments. Located in the heart of northern India, Delhi is said to encompass seven previous cities, surviving monuments of which may still be seen amid the wide, tree-lined avenues. New Delhi, designed by British architects during the colonial period, contrasts with Old Delhi, the Mughal Walled City, containing the Red Fort and mazes of narrow streets where life continues as it has for centuries. Students will take various modes of local transportation and enjoy many group meals.

Courses & Credits

Students are required to study Hindi, Hindi/Urdu throughout their stay. However, the remaining courses will be taught in English.

All students are required to take three courses:
  • ASIA 228: Contested Souls: Introduction to Indian Literature and Culture (3 credits, fulfills LA and BN)
  • ASIA 243: Journalism and Society in India (3 credits, fulfills SS and BN)
  • ASIA 490: Hindi Conversation and Script (1 credit)
The Hindi Conversation and Script course will be catered to all levels of language learners, from beginner to advanced, allowing beginners basic conversation skills and an introduction to the writing system, and advanced students tutorials on pronunciation, writing, reading, vocabulary, or other topics on a individualized basis. All courses will begin on the day after arrival, and continue for the duration of the program. The courses will be fully integrated with the program excursions and site visits. Upon successful completion, students will receive UNC graded credit for each of the three courses. Like all UNC Study Abroad programs, participation on this program also fulfills the EE general education requirement!

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.


In New Delhi, the group will stay at air conditioned guest houses in central New Delhi or similar accommodation. While on the excursions, students will stay in double or triple rooms in hotels or guesthouses.

Program Costs

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad

Application Process

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Applications for Summer/Fall/Academic Year open December 1