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Winter: Rutgers- Hinduism in India
Vrindavan, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Budget Sheets Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Laura Grodewald
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Robert Lindsey
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Vrindavan, and what makes it an incredibly significant Hindu religious site
  • Explore the history and tradition of Hinduism through cultural immersion and textual study
Your Host City: Vrindavan
Vrindavan is located in northern India in the state of Uttar Pradesh, near the New Delhi-Agra road.  The town is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site and is host to hundreds of temples and numerous devotional sites.  In Hinduism, Vrindavan is where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.   Students will have an opportunity to engage with Vrindavan’s rich cultural landscape through music, drama, ritual, pilgrimage sites, and architecture.   

To view the syllabus for this program, please click here.  Please note, this is a sample syllabus, and all contents are subject to change.

This three-credit course is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to Hinduism through textual study and socio-cultural immersion.  Each day features classroom coursework, cultural activity, and independent study.  The program is open to students of all disciplines; prior coursework in Religion is not required.  It satisfies Religion Department requirements and elective requirements for the South Asian Studies Program.  
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay at the Jiva Institute, where they will also attend classes and receive three vegetarian meals daily plus snacks and purified water.  The Jiva Institute is gated and offers 24-hour security.  There is a library and garden on-site.  Housing and all student meals are included in the program fee. 

Financial Information
Winter 2017  
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website. 

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.