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  • Locations: Vrindavan, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lloyd Pearson
Language of Instruction:
Minimum 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

Proper financial planning is crucial as winter financial aid does not exist like it does for Fall, Spring or Summer. 
If planned properly students might apply for additional loans (federal or private) during the fall semester; possibly generating a refund check that you would use to pay the winter term bill. We advise you to talk to Financial Aid and our office about this process. We also suggest students attend one of our online financial advising sessions ASAP. Online advising sessions occur throughout the academic semester. Dates and registration information are available here:

There are limited winter scholarships available and are not guaranteed to all who apply. However we ask that you aren't discourage by this information.
With proper financial planning most students are able to fund their winter study abroad experience!
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. The winter term sees fewer scholarship opportunities outside of the Rutgers Global--Study Abroad scholarship and/or any opportunities through academic departments (if applicable). To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.