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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. 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. Additionally, internships and field experiences are available for students in business, communication, and education. Explore first-hand how another culture approaches your discipline.


Follow Gretchen to India. Browse her blog to get a glimpse of life as a student in Coimbatore!


Here is a link from Spring 2012 Semester's blog about a visit to a fair trade tea company.


Goals and Objectives

“India Studies Program will help students with the basic process of learning from people of another culture by involving them in experiential learning opportunities of service and social interaction with Indian people. Students will be educated on the global dimensions of India as it grows as a world power as well as give students a vision for future involvement in India.”


Students must have completed two full years of college and have at least s 2.75 GPA or higher to qualify for the program. Will consider second semester sophomores.  Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.


The sixteen credits earned may meet general education or major requirements. See reverse side to explore courses that have already been approved to meet Messiah requirements.


Costs: 2014 - 2015

Messiah tuition, room, 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.  A $425 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance.


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

Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!




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