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India Winterim

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Various cities in India


Resident, 3 hours

Program Features

UI Faculty-Led


• Clear interest and commitment

• Demonstrated preparedness/maturity

• Good academic/disciplinary standing

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

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

• Passport valid through July 17, 2020 at time of application

• Physical activity requirements (accommodations and alternative activities possible)

• Additional requirements per course description/syllabus

Application Due:

• Priority Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019

• Regular Deadline: Sept. 6, 2019

Program Cost:

• Refer to 'Costs' section under the 'Application' tab

India Winterim is an intensive, three-week, field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. The entire coursework will be set in the context of language-learning and cultural experiences unique to the program sites. Each course in the program is based in one of several locations throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students.

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Pongal Festival, Pondicherry

Academic Credit

Each India Winterim course provides 3 s.h. of University of Iowa resident credit.

2019-2020 Sections

Finalized syllabi will be posted as soon as program dates are determined.

Water Poverty in Rural India: A Freshwater Crisis Case Study
PDF Syllabus Winter 2019-20

Prof. Marian Muste, Hydroscience and Engineering
Prof. Allen Bradley, Hydroscience and Engineering

Pain and Palliative Care
PDF Syllabus Winter 2019-20

Prof. Stephanie Gilbertson-White, Nursing

Sustainable Development
PDF Syllabus Winter 2019-20

Prof. Jerry Anthony, Urban & Regional Planning

Cultural Activities

Excursions are a central part of the academic component of this program. Participants visit a variety of community organizations, temples, and other sites of historical, cultural, and environmental significance.

Program Dates

This program takes place during the University of Iowa's winter session. Specific dates vary by year.

The tentative program dates for the 2019-2020 session are December 28 - January 15.

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

Contact for more information about the program.

To set up an appointment with an India Winterim advisor, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad is not able to take same-day appointments.


India’s astounding diversity of religions, languages, and cultures is unique and unparalleled. The society of vast subcontinent, varied and complex in its rich heritage, is among the oldest in the world.

Culturally diverse and complex, with mainly rural, traditional, and agrarian population, India now is also a major industrial power experiencing rapid urban growth and rural-urban migration. It is a nation undergoing significant political, economic, and social change, while at the same time struggling to maintain many of its traditions and customs. India today is unfolding a story of a billion plus people, or more precisely, one sixth of the world’s population, on a big move as India's large and complex systems rapidly moving top-down and the country emerge as one of the fastest growing economies of the world.

Safety Abroad

Female student drinking from coconut

Visiting other countries can be a great experience. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, solo or in a group, staying for a few days or several years, planning ahead can help ensure your time abroad is both enjoyable and safe.

The first step to an international trip is to read the Department of State's Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to India's safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region. Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad. If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Travel Arrangements



After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place in 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. 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.

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

Independent Flight Itineraries

For safety and logistical reasons, we strongly recommend that students fly on the suggested group flight. If you choose to purchase your tickets separately from the suggested group flight, it is essential that you arrive in India on the same day as the group flight and arrive at the same airport and as close as possible to the arrival time of the group flight.

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. It may also be necessary for you to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time before the host organization can pick you up. 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.

If you plan to arrive separately from the group flight, please send a copy of your flight itinerary to India Winterim at so that Study Abroad can communicate with the host organization about your arrival.

Independent Travel Before or After the Program

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.

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 for those extra days, you will need to make arrangements for that additional insurance coverage independently. Please visit our CISI health insurance information site for more details.

Accommodations & Meals

Participants are housed in double occupancy rooms in mid-range hotels and/or guesthouses. Lodging is included in the program fee, but participants cover the cost of their own meals. Meals are sometimes arranged onsite 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.



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 U.S. 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.
  • Passport valid through July 2020: If you are applying for the priority deadline of Aug. 1, 2019, you have the option of indicating in the application that you are applying for a passport. If you are applying for the regular deadline of Sept 6, 2019, you must already have a passport at the time of application, and the passport must be valid through July 2020.
  • Physical activity requirements: Some scheduled activities may require the ability to traverse rough terrain in warm or hot weather (approximately 70-95 degrees and sometimes in direct sun). To discuss these requirements, as well as reasonable accommodations or alternative activities, please contact
  • Additional requirements: Some India Winterim courses have additional eligibility requirements, which are listed in the course syllabi posted on the Program tab above. Please review course syllabi and contact with questions or to request additional 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.

Participants who are enrolled at institutions other than the University of Iowa

Students who attend institutions other than the University of Iowa must also contact their home school study abroad office to review any additional study abroad requirements.

Additional notes on eligibility

  • Some courses may attract a greater number of applicants than the course is able to accommodate.
  • Students at other U.S. universities may also apply. Please note the additional fees for non-UI students listed in the Costs heading below.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is August 1, 2019. Students are encouraged to apply by this date to speed up the application review and formal acceptance process, and to facilitate early purchase of plane tickets. Additional note: Some courses reach capacity by the priority deadline.

The final application deadline is September 6, 2019.

You can find more information about each of this year’s courses under the Program tab above.

How to Apply

University of Iowa Students

The online application form will be available beginning July 1, 2019 until September 6, 2019.

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.

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

  • Statements of Purpose: A series of short, 100-300 word essays outlining your academic and personal objectives and preparation for your time abroad.
  • A copy of your Completed Grades report from MyUI. (First-year graduate students should also submit a scan of your undergraduate transcript(s). An unofficial copy is acceptable.)
  • A scan of your passport, which must be valid through July 2020. If you are applying for the priority deadline of Aug. 1, 2019, you have the option of indicating in the application that you are applying for a passport. If you are applying for the regular deadline of Sept. 6, 2019, you must already have a passport at the time of application, and the passport must be valid through July 2020. All students must have their passport in Iowa City by September 24, 2019 to ensure that they are ready to apply for their Indian visa.

UI Students Graduating in December 2019

UI students who will graduate immediately before participating in the program (at the end of the Fall 2019 semester) must follow the non-degree student application process, including paying the $200 additional fee. For instructions on submitting a non-degree student application for the India Winterim program, please email

Non-degree students are not eligible to receive UI financial aid and scholarships.

Students from Outside of the University of Iowa

Non-UI students will need to submit a non-degree student application to the University of Iowa first. Once admitted as a non-degree seeking student, you will need to complete the study abroad application for India Winterim. For instructions, please email

Non-UI students are subject to an additional $200 fee, in addition to the program fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and CISI Insurance fee outlined in the cost sheet.

Next Steps

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by the Study Abroad office and your course instructors. You will be notified of your acceptance status by email within a few weeks and, if accepted, will receive information about how to confirm your place in the course. If you are waitlisted, you will receive information about your options, including remaining on the waitlist or possible placement in another India Winterim course.


2019-2020 Course Fee

NOTE:The cost sheets for the other courses will be posted soon.

The course fee includes all educational and onsite administrative costs, orientation, accommodation, program-related transportation in India, translators and field guides, excursions, and cultural programs.

NOTE: Higher fees may apply for some sections to reflect higher costs of accommodation and services in certain locations.

Course fees are charged to the student’s U-Bill shortly before the program begins and are due per the instructions provided by the University of Iowa Billing Office.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

Costs charged to the U-Bill (in addition to the Course Fee)

  • Application fee: $50, charged when the program application is submitted.
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee: $572, charged shortly before the program begins. The Study Abroad Administrative Fee is subject to change; review the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.
  • CISI Health Insurance: Approximately $25; charge may not show up on U-Bill immediately. Be sure to check your UI e-mail regularly for new U-Bill notifications.

Additional Expenses

  • Round trip airfare from Chicago: Approximately $1900-2100, paid by student as instructed in late September
  • Required travel insurance: Approx. $80, paid by student in late September
  • Food: Approx. $350, paid by student at their discretion while abroad
  • Passport: Approx. $145, paid by student when passport application is submitted
  • Visa: Approx. $300, paid by student when visa application is submitted (deadline TBD)
  • Passport-sized photos for visa: Approx. $20, paid by student upon purchase
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations: Variable but typically $200, paid by student as needed by mid-December
  • Laundry: Variable but typically $50, paid by student as needed while abroad
  • Personal expenses: Approx. $300+, paid by student as needed while abroad

Program Cost Sheet

Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a UI Study Abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa via the U-Bill.

Please note that the amounts listed below apply to the 2018-2019 session of the India Winterim program. These fees may change during future sessions.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between the date of submitting Confirmation of Participation
and October 4, 2019  
Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fees: $200
Between October 5, 2019 and October 14, 2019 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 50%
Between October 15, 2019 and November 8, 2019 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 75%
On or after November 9, 2019 Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fees: 100%

Consult with your UI Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for undergraduate study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials Winter 2019-20

After you have received an email from UI Study Abroad indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:

Regular Deadline Students

First, read, download, and complete the Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy and the India Winterim Conduct Agreement for Students document. Sign these documents, and submit it in person to the UI Study Abroad Office by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

NOTE: If the Confirmation of Participation document is not submitted by the confirmation deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.

Health & Safety Planning

In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:

Study Abroad Resources

Passports and Visas

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the PDFHealth Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:UI Financial Aid Information

You can find more information about options for funding your study abroad experience including scholarships on Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. See below for more information.

Program-Specific Orientation

The faculty leaders for each course will facilitate one or more in-person orientation/pre-departure sessions, during which they will present content specific to your program and host country. Your faculty leaders will send you more information about these mandatory in-person sessions.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email



If you are applying for the priority deadline of Aug. 1, 2019, you have the option of indicating in the application that you are applying for a passport. If you are applying for the regular deadline of Sept. 6, 2019, you must already have a passport at the time of application, and the passport must be valid through July 17, 2020. U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.


Program participants will need to apply for a visa in order to enter India. All students must have their passport in Iowa City by September 23, 2019 to ensure that they are ready to apply for their Indian visa. After students have been accepted and have submitted their confirmation documents to secure their place in the program, Study Abroad will provide information about the visa application process. Do not apply for your visa until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, it is important that you contact your Study Abroad advisor at to discuss the visa application process as soon as possible.

Transportation to 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 a suggested airline itinerary. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in this flight and not make their own independent flight arrangements. Do not purchase plane tickets until you receive instructions from Study Abroad.