This program examines
the rich textual and visual cultures of India with a specific focus on
South India. Students will stay in the French colonial sea-side city of
Pondicherry, the home of a cosmopolitan and international population. As
India can be overwhelming for the first time visitor, Pondicherry
presents a happy medium, a fact reflected in the city's urban planning.
The French Quarter is European in architecture and urban design, while
the Tamil quarter, like most Indian cities, is busy, crowded and noisy.
Activities include several field trips to some of the most important and
earliest archaeological sites in India. Many of these monuments are
UNESCO world heritage sites. Students will be accompanied on field
trips by world-renowned South Indian classical musician Sikkil Gurucharan. Please visit the program page for more information.
Past participant feedback:
- "I left a bit of my heart in Pondicherry."
- "India is very
challenging to the body, mind, and spirit, and I feel like I learned a
lot. I couldn't imagine doing this trip without a program."
Venkatesan] was engaging and excited about what she taught us, so in
turn, it had the same effect on us about learning."
- "This was the most raw, personal, and intriguing experience. My experience was so eye opening! I am changed forever."
- "[Professor Venkatesan] takes care of each need, and is very open and has a big heart. Good storyteller!"
- "I loved the program and feel I've grown tremendously from it."
Venkatesan] was open to discussions (both privately and in the
classroom) and words cannot express how helpful she was in this foreign
place. She engaged us in intellectual conversations and we learned so
much from her! She is extremely organized and knows a lot about the
Venkatesan] is the most incredible person. Invaluable to the trip. More
than prepared, calm, organized, and patient. Attentive, motherly, and a
true friend. Cautious and funny and unforgettable. Amazing."
- "India summer abroad
has exceeded my hopes and dreams. I will forever remember my friends and
professors and experiences on this trip. It's been so much fun, and
Comparative Literature 180S - Selected Topics in Comparative Literature (4 units): Study of selected topics appropriate to student and faculty interests and areas of specialization of the instructor. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs.
Comparative Literature198 - Directed Group Study (4 units): P/NP Grading only.
Middle East/South Asia Studies 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units): Prerequisite - MSA 100. P/NP Grading only.
Religious Studies 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units): Prerequisite - Upper division standing and consent of instructor. P/NP Grading only.
Find a full course description in the UC Davis General Catalog. For more information on prerequisites for UC Davis Summer Abroad courses, visit the Academics section of the Summer Abroad website.