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India Winterim

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

Various cities in India

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

• Good academic and non-academic standing

• Permission of the faculty director and UI Study Abroad advisor

• Preferred: at least sophomore standing at time of application

Application Due:

September 21, 2015

Program Cost:

Found in the 'Costs' section under the 'Application' tab.

India Winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and academic institutions within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course in the program is based in one of several locations throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students and community members with related interests and experience.

Click to see the PDFIndia Winterim 2015-2016 trifold brochure.

Academic Program

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

The India Winterim program allows students to explore their interests in a variety of settings in India. Each section is led by one or more UI faculty and has its own disciplinary perspective, for example: healthcare, engineering, education, business practices, social work, sustainability of natural resources, art and architecture, and others. Specific courses vary each year, see below for more information. In 2014-2015, 135 students participated in 9 different courses. Students work with Indian partner organizations employing a variety of techniques to address social issues.

The working language for all courses is English although students are sure to come away with a few new phrases in one of several local languages. While each course is different, the weeks in India are devoted to learning about and developing solutions to real-world problems. The courses are taught through a combination of lectures given by University of Iowa professors, local representatives of partner organizations, and invited guest speakers, and most of the teaching/learning occurs outside the traditional classroom.

Graduate student applicants should contact the faculty leader of the course they are applying for to clarify what additional assignments or assessments they will need to complete for graduate level work.


2015-2016 India Winterim Courses (additional information will be available soon):

Sustainable Development: The Kerala Experience
(Section 0001)
Professor Jerry Anthony, Urban & Regional Planning
Kochi and Trivandrum, Kerala

Students Heading to School, Madurai

Students Heading to School, Madurai

PDFMedicine in India: A Hospital Based Experience
(Section 0003)
Professor H. John Yack, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Madurai, Tamil Nadu

PDFHealthcare and Entrepreneurship
(Section 0004)
Professor Bob Walker, Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and Ms. Kristy Walker, Health Care Information Systems
Madurai, Tamil Nadu

PDFServing Children with Disabilities, Empowering Local Women, Assisting Older Adults
(Section 0005)
Professor Motiér Haskins, Social Work
Pondicherry

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PDFPain, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice Care: Learning from Each Other
(Section 0008)
Professor Joann Eland, Nursing, and Professor Ann Broderick, Internal Medicine
Trivandrum, Kerala

PDFDevelopment of Resilient and Sustainable Agricultural Watersheds
(Section 0009)
Professor Marian Muste, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and Professor Allen Bradley, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
Gurgaon, Haryana

Cultural Activities

Excursions are a central part of the academic component of this program. Participants visit a variety of local partner facilities (and engage with their clientele), and nearby hospitals, museums, temples, resorts, and other significant historical, cultural and environmental sites.

Program Dates

This program takes place during the University of Iowa's winter session. Specific dates vary by year. The program dates for the 2015-2016 session are Sunday, December 27, 2015 – Sunday, January 17, 2016.

These dates do include time for air travel between the U.S. and India. See the "Logistics" tab for more details on travel arrangements.

For More Information

Cory Petersen
Advisor & Program Coordinator, Study Abroad
International Programs
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242
india-winterim@uiowa.edu

To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment. Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.

Online Resources

UI Students at the Taj Mahal Gate, Agra

UI Students at the Taj Mahal Gate, Agra

National Portal of India
Tour India
Lonely Planet: India
The Guardian: India
Maps of India

Course Locations

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Program sites vary by year, but each course is typically based in one of the following cities. Take a look at the following links for information about each of the host cities.

Chennai
Delhi
Kochi
Madurai
Pondicherry
Trivandrum

Travel Arrangements

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Auto-Rickshaw

After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, information will be sent out about how to book flights. Please do not purchase tickets until you receive this information.

Students will fly to an airport near their course’s program site. The University of Iowa will help to arrange a suggested group flight. Students may use an alternative travel itinerary if they prefer to do so.

Students participating in the suggested group flight will be picked up from the destination airport and taken to their program site; they will also be taken back to the airport at the end of the program. Students making their own flight arrangements to/from India may be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to their program site from the airport, as well as any additional costs associated with their independent travel.

Local travel is arranged by the program staff and is typically on trains and private buses. The costs for all program-related travel in India are covered by the program fee.


Accommodation

Participants are housed two to a room in medium-range hotels and/or guesthouses of partner organizations. Lodging is included in the program fee, but participants cover the cost of their own meals. Meals are often provided on-site by the program hosts; when this is not feasible, lodging is provided near reasonably-priced restaurants. Internet access is typically available at all program sites, though it can be significantly slower than typical internet speeds in the U.S.

Eligibility

Temple Elephant

Temple Elephant

The India Winterim program is open to students of all majors in good academic and disciplinary standing, and who have a clear interest and commitment to the program's subject matter. Students do not need to have any foreign language background, as courses on this program are taught in English.

Course faculty director(s) and the Study Abroad advisor will review all submitted applications. In order for a student to be accepted into the program, faculty directors and the advisor must approve the application and grant permission for the student to participate.

Students who have at least sophomore standing are preferred. First-year students who are highly motivated to participate should contact the faculty director for the specific course they are interested in before applying to discuss whether or not they would be granted permission to participate. First-year student applicants should also be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.

Some courses may attract a greater number of applicants than the course is able to accommodate. Please refer to the course syllabi (posted on the 'Program' tab) for waitlist procedures for each course.

Students at other U.S. universities and community members may also apply. Please note the additional fees for non-UI students.

It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for 2015-2016 is Monday, September 21, 2015.

How to Apply

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University of Iowa students

University of Iowa students should submit their application using the UI student Study Abroad online application system. Select the 'India Winterim' program from the drop down menu, then select the specific course you would like to apply for.

The online application form will be available August 1st - September 21st.

In order to submit a complete online application, you will need to upload the following supplemental documents:
• One academic reference, using the form provided within the UI student online application portal. A professor or TA who has taught the applicant in a college-level course should serve as the referee.
• Statement of Purpose: A 300-word essay outlining your academic and personal objectives for your time abroad.
• A copy of your Completed Grades report from ISIS.
• A scan of your passport, OR indicate that you are applying for a passport. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date to be sure it is valid through July 17, 2016 (see explanation below under 'Next Steps').


Students from outside of the University of Iowa, and non-degree students

Non-UI and non-degree students will complete the PDFNon-UI Student Paper Application Form for India Winterim, attach supplemental materials (including official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; a copy of the information page of your passport OR indicate that you have applied for a passport; one academic reference form - as provided within the application packet - in a signed, sealed envelope; and a 300-word essay outlining your academic and personal objectives for your time abroad), and submit complete applications to the Study Abroad office by mail using the address listed on the application form.


Next Steps

Once your application is received it will be reviewed by the Study Abroad office and your course instructor. If your application is approved, you will be notified of your acceptance status by email shortly after the application deadline, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course. By submitting confirmation documents, you are indicating that you accept full responsibility for any withdrawal penalty fees that may be assessed to your U-Bill if you later decide to withdraw your place in the course for any reason. (Withdrawal penalty fees cover expenses for instructors, hotels, transportation, etc. that have been arranged and paid in advance on your behalf.) Details about flights, obtaining a tourist visa, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation.

If the course you apply for fills you will be contacted to discuss alternate options, including waitlisting or possible placement in another India Winterim course.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2016:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 17, 2016. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying for a Tourist Visa to be able to enter India.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Costs

2015-2016 Program Fees for All Sections:
UI Participants: $3500
Non-UI Participants: $3700

The program fee includes all educational and administrative costs, orientation, accommodation, program-related transportation in India, translators and field guides, excursions, and cultural programs. Higher fees may apply for some sections to reflect higher costs of accommodation and services in certain locations. Additionally, there is also a non-refundable application fee ($50) and a mandatory fee for Iowa Regents CISI Insurance healthcare coverage ($1.22 per day, or approximately $27) charged to participants' U-Bills.

University of Iowa Study Abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

The program fee does not include airfare (approximately $1850), meals (~$400), passport (~$135), Indian tourist visa ($70 plus shipping), immunizations (variable, but typically ~$200), and personal expenses ($300+).


Program Cost Sheet

The 2014-2015 cost sheet can be found below. The 2015-2016 cost sheet will be posted during the fall semester.

The cost sheet reflects the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses. Actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes.

PDFIndia Winterim program cost sheet (2014-2015)

Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which withdrawal fees will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fees: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 50% ($1478)
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 75% ($2217)
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 100% ($2956)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of the India Winterim program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants for Winter session programs. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on the India Winterim program:

1- Merit-based Short-Term study abroad scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)


Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards


Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

5- External Awards

6- NAFSA’s U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship page

9- Fastweb.com

10- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!


Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!


If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Confirmation Materials

Once you have been accepted to the program (after the application deadline) you will find the forms you should complete and return to Study Abroad in order to confirm your place on the program here. An additional document is required for non-UI or non-degree students.

Passport

If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2016:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 17, 2016. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying for a Tourist Visa to be able to enter India.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Visa

Program participants will need to apply for a *Tourist Visa* in order to enter India. After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place on the program, Study Abroad will provide information about the visa application process. Please do not apply for your visa until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the 'Application' tab above and scrolling to the 'Financial Aid & Scholarships' section toward the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Orientation

In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled for late October. Course instructors may also arrange additional orientation meetings specifically for their section.

Registration

You will need to register for your India Winterim course on ISIS late in the fall semester. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Students currently attending other universities will need to take the additional step of enrolling as a non-degree seeking student at the University of Iowa, and will receive more information about this process along with the registration information.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for India-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While India is generally a very safe place, safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

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