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Varanasi: the City, the River, the Sacred
A City of Confluence Varanasi is endlessly complex – a place where India’s rich culture and history, varied traditions and beliefs can beobserved in practice through everyday life. Built on the banks of the Ganges River, it is one of the holiest places for Hindusand a fertile locus of academic studies for the aspiring South Asia scholar.
The City as TextOne of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world,Varanasi serves not only as thelocation and focus of study, butthe students’ home, laboratory, and classroom.
Curriculum Three required courses: • City, River, Sacred (core course) • Hindi or Urdu • Culture in Practice (such as internship, directed research or musical, artisanal, or artistic apprenticeship) Electives: • Urban Studies • Environmental Studies • Religious StudiesTotal curriculum yields 15 credits. • History • Yoga Practice and Philosophy
Housing & Meals Students live with Indian families in homestays or in shared apartments associated with an Indian host. Meals are provided at the program center and in the homes, or can be taken at nearby restaurants and cafes.Field Visits Students will participate in site visits in and around Varanasi, as well as excursions to locations such as Lucknow, Agra, Kolkata, and various hill stations in the HimalayasApplication Deadline • Fall 2012: April 1 • Spring 2013: October 15