Type of Program: Semester Program
City: Jaipur, India
When Offered: Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

Namaste! This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, that have shaped India's past, present, and future development strategies. Students gain foundational knowledge in topics of study that include: political trends and a pluralist state; caste, class, gender, and religion in India; colonial rule and Gandhi; the economy of New India and global governance; urban and rural challenges; climate change and development; alternative modes of development; as well as agents of change, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, community based organizations, and civil society.

Jaipur presents itself as a wealthy and regal city containing stately, tree-lined, and clean streets, contemporary architecture, palaces and forts, five-star hotels, and a thriving tourism industry. However, the largely rural and agricultural state of Rajasthan is one of the most underdeveloped regions in India, and Jaipur, the state's capital city, reflects this reality. Rural and urban youth throughout the region struggle with problems ranging from life-threatening droughts to admission to prestigious universities. Organizations supported by concerned urban citizens are seeking innovative ways to address issues of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development in Rajasthan's rural areas as well as among the urban poor. Students spend five - seven days engaged with a professional academic and research institution or NGO working in the field of development and social change. Diverse workshop sites are offered in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and the Sikkim Himalayas. A special feature of the program, the workshop is designed to give students practical and hands-on experience in development efforts. Additionally, travel outside Jaipur is an essential component of the program and offers students real-life contexts in which to evaluate development trends while becoming immersed in Indian culture. Excursions typically include visiting Bikaner and Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, and Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. To further facilitate cultural immersion, students receive intensive daily language instruction in Hindi in a small-group format and take part in a six-week homestay in Jaipur.

Click here to learn more about whether this Sustainable Development and Social Change in Jaipur is the perfect place for your study abroad experience by following a current Goucher student in her adventurous semester in Jaipur as she travels through the country filled with color and spicey scents.

Students will study abroad in India through the SIT study abroad program. SIT provides 24/7 onsite student support and services.

2015 Academic Dates

Spring 2015: February 2 - May 17

Fall 2015: This semester program runs from Late August through mid December. 

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses. Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply. 

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines

DueFor Study in Spring 2014For Study in Fall 2014
Application and $500 deposit September 26, 2014 February 27, 2015

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.