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SASS India: Global Health and Social Development in India (SASS 375G/575)
Bandipur, India; Bangalore, India; Coimbatore, India; Mysore, India; Ooty, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
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Winter Break 1 2018-2019 09/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/27/2018 01/09/2019

** 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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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences, Social Work Program Director/Assistant Director: Dr. David B. Miller, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
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Remainder of Program Fee:
$3195 Included in Program Cost: All meals, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance
Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
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Program Description:
SASS India 2
Course Dates: December 27, 2018 (Thursday) to January 9, 2019 (Wednesday)
Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Saturday Seminars: November 3rd, December 1st, and January 26th
Faculty Leaders:  Dr. Debby Jacobson ( and Dr. Tej Pareek (

This 3-credit experiential course will focus on multiple aspects of public health and socio-economic issues of development in a fast-changing India, with a focus on southern India. This course will familiarize students with social development in India and policy issues with multicultural aspects of healthcare, yoga, Ayurveda (Indian herbal medicine), poverty alleviation, and non-formal education. The course includes a yoga and Ayurveda workshop at the world-renowned Swami Vivekananda Yoga University (SVYASA) and ISHA Yoga Center, where students will participate in a yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda workshop to learn about alternative healthcare models.
Students will also have an opportunity to explore the scenic southern Indian wildlife through guided tours and site visits focusing on environment, health, social, economic, and educational development. Workshops and lectures by practicing social workers, yoga gurus, healthcare professionals, policy advocates, field workers, government officials, and eminent Indian scholars will further enhance students’ understanding of these topics. Students will also become acquainted with the history and culture of India, its social, political, and economic development and their effect on the delivery of social services.
Possible project sites include (subject to change):
  • Three-day yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation workshop at Swami Vivekananda Yoga University (SVYASA) and ISHA Yoga Center
  • Examine India’s environmental and ecological issues in scenic Ooty and Bandipur Tiger Reserve
  • Visit Akshay Patra, the world’s largest mid-day meal program for school children, to learn how this NGO tackles issues of hunger, malnutrition, and education
  • Explore the Silicon Valley of India in Bangalore and visit the Infosys headquarters, India’s second largest IT company
  • Visit Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, a unique development organization engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy level action in health, education, community development, and training sectors
Program Fee: $3,395 (billed to student account minus deposit) covers accommodations, in-country transportation, all meals, workshops, agency visits, guest lectures, and emergency medical insurance abroad
Out of Pocket Expenses: airfare, personal spending money, vaccinations, visa fees, and passport fees (if applicable). Program fees are separate from tuition charges.
Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director of International Education Programs at the Mandel School, or Dr. David B. Miller (, Director of International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for financial aid eligibility.

SASS India 1

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