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  • Locations: Bengalore, India
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** 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:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Includes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, such as: frequent trips to temples, markets, urban and rural development projects, service experiences and cultural sites.
  • Brings together students from Development & Sustainability studies, Media & Culture studies, and Micro-Enterprise (Business) students.

Your Host City: Bangalore
The Fireflies Intercultural Centre (FIC), thirty kilometers from Bangalore, is in a beautiful grove of fruit trees and flowers on a hill that slopes down to a lake. FIC is concerned with promoting Earth spirituality, the resolution of ethnic violence, and the deepening of democracy and civil society in India. Fireflies hosts international events and seminars on social transformation. Pipal Tree, an organization located at Fireflies, conducts local workshops for the cultural revitalization of religion, myth, folk traditions, dance, arts and crafts, as well as conflict resolution, environmental resources and spirituality. Students will also travel widely in South India as part of their coursework.

Ramapo College has been operating semester-long study abroad programs in India since 2002.  Students register for 4 courses (each worth 4 credits) for a total of 16 credits.  The program is meant to help students draw comparisons between their own culture and that of India, analyze the trends of social movements in South India, examine the effects of sustainability on development and globalization in India, initiate individual research projects including fieldwork, and practice cross-cultural communication.  The academic program is designed as follows:

Required Courses:
Indian Culture & Society (INTD 2xx)
Field Research Project (INTD 409)

Additional Courses (pick 1):
Sustainable Development in India (INTD 301)
Global Indian Media & Culture (COMM 357)

Additional Courses (pick 1):
Human Rights in India (INTD 2xx)
Micro-Enterprise in South India: From the Bottom of the Pyramid (MGMT 3xx)

Students will spend approximately a third of their semester on field trips during the 15-week semester. Trips will include visits to development projects promoting women's literacy and ecological sustainability, ancient temples and palaces, and tribal villages. During the Field Research Project course, students will remain at Fireflies and conduct research in the Bangalore area.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Ramapo College and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take approximately 12- 16 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between Ramapo College and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 4-credit course at Ramapo College will also be a 4-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

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

Academic Calendar
Spring Semester: Early January– Mid April
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Ramapo College web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students live and study at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, thirty kilometers from Bangalore, in a beautiful grove of fruit trees and flowers on a hill that slopes down to a lake.  Students will share comfortable double bedrooms, each with an attached bath. The Fireflies campus has conference halls, meditation centers, walking paths, computers, wireless internet service*, a library and several dining pavilions. During field trips, accommodations will include educational institutions and hotels with roughly equivalent facilities. Leisure activities include pottery, volleyball, carom board, scrabble, swimming in an outdoor pool, and exploring sites in and around Bangalore, such as the Banerghatta tiger reserve.
*Internet service may be intermittent due to local realities.

For more information about housing, please refer to the Ramapo College Accommodations website.

Financial Information

For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.

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 also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.