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India Studies Program

Explore India: the land of “Unity in Diversity.” Students study at Bishop Appasamy University and are immersed in Indian culture by interacting with local citizens in Coimbatore, by program-sponsored travel throughout India, and by participating in service projects and internships. The program offers special options for social work students who can take a course in their discipline as well as participate in social work internships.


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  • Junior and seniors; the program will consider sophomores
  • 2.75 GPA or higher to qualify for the program.


  • Courses may meet general education or major requirements.
  • Courses will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.


Costs: 2014 - 2015

Messiah tuition, room, partial board plus $1,200 off-campus study fee. 

Fee covers:

  • tuition, housing, some meals
  • educational excursions
  • pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  

Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from India.


Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


India Studies Program Deadlines

Spring 2015 - October 15, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early


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