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  • Locations: Chennai, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 10/07/2018
Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/12/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Amanda Whelan
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Ramesh Raghavan
Program Description:
GMH Challenges in India - SSW
The Program
  • Study how poverty, social ecology, and culture affect mental healthcare delivery to a rapidly developing urban society.
  • Learn about ways individuals achieve recovery from mental illness, and how these strategies and challenges differ from mental health practices in the United States.
  • Experience life in the heart of one of India's bustling metropolises, from colonial history to the contemporary arts and culture.
  • This program was featured in the School of Social Work's Spring 2018 publication Partnering for Change
Your Host Country: Chennai, India
Chennai, a former British military outpost, is a now large metropolis of over 4 million inhabitants on India's eastern coast.  Tamil Nadu, the state of which Chennai is the capital, has numerous sites of cultural and historical interest, with settlements dating back to the Stone Age. Students will be exposed to the rich culture of Tamil Nadu during their visit.

Faculty Director Profile:
Ramesh Raghavan

Dr. Ramesh Raghavan is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Social Work at Rutgers. Dr Raghavan conducts mental health services research on the needs of vulnerable children, with a specific interest in children in the child welfare system. He also chairs the National Institute of Mental Health's Mental Health Services Research review committee (SERV).  He is a native of Chennai, India, and has taught short-term study abroad courses there for his previous institution, Washington University in St. Louis.

This course is open to Master's and Doctoral-level students in the School of Social Work.  Graduate level students with demonstrated interest in psychology, mental health services, area studies, or social development may also apply.

To view the program’s tentative 2018 syllabus, please click here . Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

If you'd like to read the experiences of past students, please look through the public Facebook group Dr. Raghavan created. 

Students on this program will examine how persons with severe mental illnesses can achieve recovery.  Students will learn about the structural barriers to achieving mental health recovery, including poverty, violence, social exclusion, stigma, the intersections of class and caste, homelessness, and how these hamper or help individuals with severe mental illness.  The course is designed to be experiential and comparative, exposing students in the field to real-life practices and challenges of caring for individuals with mental illness in India's poorest social strata. 
Coursework and field assignments will be overseen by professors from Rutgers as well as experts from the Tata Institute of the Social Sciences/Banyan Academy of Leadership and Management (TISS-BALM).

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in double rooms in the Oriental Inn hotel, central Chennai near the TISS/BALM campus.  Breakfasts will be provided by the hotel, and lunch will be provided on weekdays at program field sites.  Students will be responsible for dinners and for all meals on the weekend during the program.

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 from 2018, 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 exist, please visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.