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India Winterim

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

Various cities in India

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Good Academic/Disciplinary Standing

• Completion of one semester of college-level study at the time of application

• Additional requirements per course description

• Preferred: at least two prior semester of college-level study at time of application

Application Due:

Priority: August 1, 2016

Regular: September 21, 2016

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 2016-2017 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 2015-2016, 104 students participated in 6 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.


2016-2017 India Winterim Courses:

Study Abroad is currently in the process of finalizing details for these course offerings. Additional information will be posted here when it is available.

Cultural Exploration, Rural Development & Social Justice in South India
(Section 0005)
Professor Amy Butler, School of Social Work
Professor H. John Yack, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Professor Motiér Haskins, School of Social Work
Karla Alvarez, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Pondicherry
PDFCourse Flyer
PDFCourse Syllabus

Diagnosing Diseases: Patient History and Physical Examination
(Section 0006)
Professor Harald Stauss, Health and Human Physiology
Rebecca Kuehn, PA
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
This course has been approved to convert to HHP:4490 on students' UI transcripts when final grades are processed.
PDFCourse Flyer
PDFCourse Syllabus

Art and Architecture of India: Tradition, Social Practice and the Contemporary
(Section 0007)
Professor Anita Jung, Art and Art History
Professor Serina Sulentic, Design
New Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Jaipur, and Tilonia
This course has been approved to convert to DRAW:3310 on students' UI transcripts when final grades are processed.
PDFCourse Flyer
PDFCourse Syllabus

Pain, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice Care: Learning from Each Other
(Section 0008)
Professor Joann Eland, College of Nursing
Professor Ann Broderick, Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine
Trivandrum, Kerala
This course has been approved to count as an elective for Nursing students.
PDFCourse Flyer
PDFCourse Syllabus

Observational Learning in Educational Settings in India
(Section 0009)
Professor Mitchell Kelly, College of Education
Bangalore, Karnataka
PDFCourse Flyer
PDFCourse Syllabus

Youth, Nutrition, and Foods of India
Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness (NOE) II
(Section 0010)
Professor Jill Smith, Management & Organizations, Tippie College of Business
Chef Matt Laux
Bangalore, Karnataka
This course has been approved to convert to MGMT:3600 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness (NOE) II and meets the Tippie College of Business RISE requirement.
PDFCourse Flyer

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 2016-2017 session are Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – Sunday, January 15, 2017.

These dates do include time for air travel between the U.S. and India. See the "Logistics" tab above 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.

Course Locations

campus

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

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

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. Do not purchase tickets until you receive this information from the Study Abroad office.

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 are strongly discouraged from using an alternative travel itinerary. If you would like to use an alternative travel itinerary, please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu

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 will 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.

During the program 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.


Policy on Independent Travel To/From India

For safety and logistical reasons, we strongly recommend that students fly on the suggested group flight. If you choose to make your own plans and purchase your tickets separately from the suggested group flight, you are certainly free to do so. If you do make your own plans, it is important that you arrive in India on the same day as the group flight, and arrange to arrive as close as possible to the time that the group flight arrives. It is absolutely essential that you arrive at the same airport as the group flight.

If you do arrive separately from the group flight, you will be responsible for any additional costs associated with having the Indian host organization pick you up at the airport and transport you to the program site.  Depending on your arrival time, these additional costs can be significant. If you plan to arrive separately from the group flight, please send a copy of your flight itinerary to Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu so that Study Abroad can make arrangements for your separate arrival.

Arriving Early or Staying Late for Independent Travel

For safety reasons we do not recommend that students undertake solo travel while in India, especially in a location they are unfamiliar with. In addition, we want to be clear that the Study Abroad office is helping to facilitate the visa, financial aid, health insurance, and other aspects of travel strictly for program participation, not for independent vacation travel.

We expect students to arrive with the group or make alternate travel plans to meet up with the group at the same arrival time. Students who arrive separately will need to make alternate arrangements to meet up with the group, which will include covering expenses such as additional nights of hotel stay and/or additional fees for transportation to and from the airport. Students who arrive late for the program could also receive a reduced grade if the course instructor determines that the student missed academic components of the program.

Finally, it is important to note that the international health insurance policy provided by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) will only provide coverage for the time period between the official program start and end dates. If you plan to arrive early or stay after the end of the program and would like insurance coverage, you will need to make arrangements for that additional insurance coverage independently. If you are interested, please visit our CISI health insurance information site for more details.

Study Abroad encourages all India Winterim students to arrive close to the time that the designated group flight will arrive at its destination airport, and to meet up with the group as soon as possible. This is the only recommendation our office can give to seek to protect both students' personal safety and our office’s liability for your safety.

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

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Required and Preferred Selection Criteria

The India Winterim program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa, or at another US college or university where the applicant is enrolled in a degree program. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of the India Winterim program.
  • Completion of at least one semester of college level study prior to the start of the program - First-year student applicants should be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.
  • Additional requirements - Some India Winterim courses have additional eligibility requirements. Please refer to your course’s syllabus for more information on the specific requirements related to your course. You can find your syllabus in the Academic Program section of our website, or contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu for more information.

In addition to the requirements above, preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have completed at least two prior semesters of college-level study- Students who have already completed at least two semesters of college-level study at the time of submitting their India Winterim application are preferred.

Additional notes on eligibility

  • 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 the waitlist procedures that apply for each course.
  • Students at other U.S. universities and community members may also apply. Please note the additional fees for non-UI students listed in the Costs heading below.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for 2016-2017 is Monday, August 1, 2016. We encourage students to apply by this date because all courses have a maximum capacity and may fill up very quickly, so applying early can help secure a spot your chosen course. Applying early can also facilitate lower airfare prices.

The regular application deadline is Wednesday, September 21, 2016 .

How to Apply

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 June 1st - September 21st.

In order to submit a complete application, you will also need to submit the following supplemental documents:

  • One academic reference, using the form provided within the UI student online application portal. We prefer to receive this by the deadline with the rest of your application. 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 MyUI. First-Year Graduate Students only: In addition to your Completed Grades from ISIS, please also upload a scan of your undergraduate transcript(s). An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  • ID photo (For section 0006 only): Upload one digital passport-style photo of yourself. Staff at the MMHRC host organization in India will use this to create an ID badge which you will be required to wear during all course activities in the hospital.
  • 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 15, 2017 (see explanation below under 'Next Steps').

UI students who will graduate immediately before participating in the program (at the end of the fall semester) must follow the Non-Degree Student application process, including the $200 additional fee. Non-degree students are generally ineligible to receive UI financial aid and scholarships. Please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu if you have questions.

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 within a few weeks, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course.

The confirmation deadline is 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th. By submitting the 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. The withdrawal penalty fees cover expenses for instructors, staff, 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.


What happens if my course fills up?

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.

An additional note for students without a valid passport:

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 15, 2017. If your passport is not valid through July 15, 2017 you will need to renew your passport before applying for the Tourist Visa you will need 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:

The program fee for the 2015-2016 sessions were as follows:

For UI Participants: $3500

For non-UI Participants: $3700

We expect a modest increase in price from year to year, perhaps $200 to $500 more. This summer, negotiations are underway to try to keep the cost increase as low as possible. We’re hopeful that this year’s increase will be no more than $200. The final course fees for the 2016-2017 session will be finalized in the coming weeks and we hope to make the final cost available on this website by mid-August.

The program fee includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, all educational and on-site 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.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

  • Application fee ($50)
  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids (approximately $1775)
  • Required travel insurance (approx. $75)
  • Food (approx. $350)
  • Passport (approx. $135)
  • Tourist Visa- e-TV (approx. $60)
  • Passport-sized photos for Tourist Visa (approx. $20)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (variable, but typically$200)
  • CISI health insurance (approx. $27)
  • Laundry (variable, but typically $50)
  • Personal expenses (approx. $300+)

Total estimated cost of participation: $5995


Program Cost Sheet

The 2015-2016 cost sheet can be found below.

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. An updated cost sheet for the 2016-2017 session will be available by late fall 2016.

PDFIndia Winterim program cost sheet (2015-2016)

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- this amount will automatically charged to your Ubill on the date you withdraw from the program.

Please note that the amounts listed below apply to the 2015-2016 session of the India Winterim session. These fees may change during future sessions.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between the confirmation date and October 21, 2016 Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fees: $100
Between October 22, 2016 and October 31, 2016 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 50% ($1478)
Between November 1, 2016 and November 25, 2016 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 75% ($2217)
On or after November 26, 2016 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fees: 100% ($2956)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

University of Iowa 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.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should contact their home school study abroad office for information on financial aid options.

Study Abroad Awards

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- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)

3- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

4- Iowa Abroad Scholarship(For Iowa resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)


Other UI-affiliated awards

5- Other University of Iowa awards

6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)


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 finder

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 of Participation in Program for 2016-17

Once you have received your acceptance email you need to print and complete the following documents. Completed documents need to be turned in to Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should mail their documents (by the September 1 deadline) to Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5500.

India Winterim Confirmation and Withdrawal SchedulePDF

Medical Self AssessmentPDF

Healthcare Provider Evaluation (only required if student has an ongoing medical condition requiring medical care/medication, or would like to request Continuation of Care or Disability Accommodation.) PDF

In addition, students need to read all of the information below:

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 2017:

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 15, 2017. 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.

Please note that visas are issued by the Indian government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, India's immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the India Winterim program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu for more information.

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.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should contact their home school study abroad office for information on financial aid options.   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).

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for your course to be applied toward a specific major, minor, or certificate requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.  If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your India Winterim course to a major, minor, or certificate requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu and he will walk you through the necessary steps.  India Winterim courses cannot be applied to General Education Program (GEP) requirements.

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

As part of the India Winterim program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page. If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan.  If you would like to make arrangements for care while you are in India, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at india-winterim@uiowa.edu.

Transportation to India

Study Abroad will be arranging a suggested group flight that program faculty will be flying on.  Students are strongly encouraged to take part in this flight and not make their own, independent flight arrangements.  We will send information about the flights as soon as the courses are confirmed in late-October.  DO NOT purchase plane tickets until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.   

Orientation

There will be two India Winterim orientation sessions prior to departure to India.  Attendance at one session is required for all University of Iowa students.  We will address any logistical questions students have at these meetings.  We are still working out the date and time for these meetings, but the plan will be to hold them in late October or early November- we will be in touch in the coming weeks with details on these meetings.  Your instructor may also schedule additional meetings as well. 

Registration

You will need to register for your India Winterim course in MyUI 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 safe place, unfortunately 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.

OSAC - India: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.