FALL SEMESTER IN INDIA WITH DAVIDSON COLLEGE
FALL SEMESTER 2017
Established in 1981, and conducting its twenty-third consecutive program in fall 2017, Davidson’s Semester-in-India program has a proven record of efficiency and consistency. The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation. The group, which usually includes a few selected students from other colleges/universities, will then leave for India. The program will conclude in mid-December. The Semester-in-India features lectures and discussions in courses based at Madras Christian College (MCC) in Chennai and other institutions in South India, combined with guided travels and experiential learning throughout India.
In addition to providing a very stimulating academic experience the program provides extensive travel opportunities and affords the student the special pleasure of living with a group of students drawn from various backgrounds in an atmosphere of trust, goodwill, and mutual care. The program will include travel to places such as: Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Delhi, Agra, Goa, and more, with many short excursions to historical, natural, and culturally significant sites.
Please keep in mind that you will be required to submit two applications for this program: one through Furman and one through Davidson. Visit Davidson’s Study Abroad website (www.davidson.edu/studyabroad) and click on the “Application Process” link for more information.
Students enroll in four courses, coordinated by faculty at MCC and Women's Christian College and include lectures, demonstrations, tours and discussions by academics, journalists, practitioners, and other experts. The Davidson director, Dr. Chris Paradise, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, will offer lectures and discussions in some of these courses as well. The courses will transfer as follows:
AST-GNC: India Past and Present (Davidson SOU-310)
GER: WC (World Cultures) & HA (Historical Analysis)
A general course on the cultures, arts, religions, and history of India from ancient times through the independence movement and to the present. 4 credits.
UST-GNC: Urban India (Davidson SOU-375)
This course will explore a diverse array of issues facing cities in India, including rapid transformation, waste, transport, poverty, migration, and more. It will address topics such as urban-rural relationship; labor flows; cultural diversity; mass media; the making of the new urban Indian middle class; gender and public space; development organizations and NGOs; the relationship of the state to city planning of transportation, building, and housing. 4 credits.
BIO-430: Conservation of India's Biodiversity and Natural Resources (Davidson BIO-265)
This course will explore the fields of conservation biology and natural resource management, with focus on conservation of biodiversity in India. 4 credits.
EES-GNC: Indian Environment and Ecology (Davidson ENV-240)
GER: NE (Natural Environment); NW (Natural World)
Introduction to and comparative analysis of ecosystems and environmental issues in India, including human interaction with the environment and sustainability. 4 credits.
This program is open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The Davidson faculty director of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA)
to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.
Students will pay Furman's 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.
This fee covers:
Tuition for a four-course academic load
Lodging and meals during the program and the pre-departure orientation in Davidson
Museum and monument entry fees (for programmed visits)
Round-trip airfare from Charlotte, NC to India
Transportation between Davidson College and the Charlotte airport
During travels, when necessary, students will be given an allowance for food
*All travel arrangements and accommodations are made with student safety and comfort as a primary focus. Long distances are covered by air travel or overnight distances by rail, while short trips are by chartered bus.
This fee does not cover:
Domestic transportation to and from Davidson
Passport fees (if applicable)
Immunizations (if applicable) - check CDC website for recommendations and talk with your doctor about prices
NOTE: If a student wishes to alter their return ticket, they can request a rerouting before the group tickets are purchased. If the rerouted ticket costs more than the group ticket, the student needs to cover the difference. If a student wishes to make changes after their ticket has been purchased, they are responsible for all fees and extra costs.
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The deposit and final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.
STUDY AWAY NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
Need-based study away scholarships are available from the Rinker Center. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.