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MSASS in India: Global Issues, Health & Sustainability (SASS 375/575 & EECS 342I)
Bangalore, India; Kerala, India; Mysore, India; Tamil Nadu, India
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 1 2014-2015 09/05/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Debby Jacobson, MSASS
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences, General Engineering Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Engineering Tech Elective, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Deposit: $200
 Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: All meals, Flights, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance Not Included in Program Costs: Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
*Please note:  Although the application deadline for this program is September 5, it may fill up before the deadline.  Therefore, to reserve your spot, it's important that you complete your application (including payment of the $200 deposit) as early as possible.*

India: MSASS 575/375 and EECS 342I – Global Issues, Health, & Sustainability

Travel Dates: Dec 27, 2014 – Jan 9, 2015
Seminars: Nov 1, Dec 13, Jan 31

Faculty: Debby Jacobson, PhD and Sree Sreenath, PhD

Approved for:
• Global and Cultural Diversity Credit
• Engineering Tech Elective
• Social Science credit for Engineering students
• Social Work Minor or take as
• Elective Course

Visit MSASS 3 credit study abroad courses and contact Dr. Debby Jacobson,

Contact Nancy Issa  for Financial Aid Eligibility for travel costs

See last year:

Travel to southern India for two weeks to explore natural and scenic beauty, experiencing Historic temples, Ayurveda spa, house boat cruise, elephant safari, tiger reserve and visiting the southernmost tip of Indian peninsula. Visit a super-specialty, 1400-bed hospital, state of the art, serving the poor, as well as learn about tribal health, University for Yoga Sciences, visit traditional Indian school, a home for child-trafficked victims, renewable energy project among many other projects.
The 3-hour experiential course is an engineering, health and social work collaboration, which includes a short-term cross-cultural immersion. This course brings together a social work perspective of knowledge, values and skills, to the understanding of technical project assessment, selection, planning and implementation in India. The course is also designed to help students understand culturally relevant community engagement strategies to ensure project acceptance in under-served and developing communities.  Many field sites will be visited to observe first-hand the community assessment and development of projects that engineers implement. An example of these projects could include infrastructure to support energy, water and sanitation, health agriculture, human rights, child welfare, women empowerment, and tribal welfare. Our focus trip will be to Southern India, starting with the Silicon City of India Bangalore. Some of the projects we will visit include the following:

Bangalore, Karnataka
Nele – A loving home for child-trafficked victims
Akshaya Patra – A modern process control manufacturing marvel that produces half a million hot meals per day for needy school children
• Industry visits – GE R&D, Software Campuses of Oracle or Infosys
SVYASA- International University for Yoga Sciences
Aruna Chetana – a school for children with special needs
• Mysore Palace Visit – A cultural marvel in the city of Mysore 90 miles from Bangalore
Rural Solar Energy Project – A renewable energy project
Probhodini Gurukula - an elite revived traditional Indian school in Hariharapura, Karnataka, featuring water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure projects

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences – 2 million sq. ft. built up super-specialty, 1400-bed hospital, state of the art, serving the poor
• 800-year-old Synagogue – Built in 1344 this is a historic marvel, Kochi
Vivekananda Medical Mission – Tribal health in Wynad area of Kerala
House Boat Cruise – Scenic backwaters of Kerala in house boats through an environmentally friendly landscape
Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari – Southernmost tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet
National Tiger Reserve at Periyar – The biggest tiger reserve with elephant rides, featuring environmental, water, and biodiversity projects
• Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Richest individual temple where recently $20 billion-worth of treasure in gold and precious stones was discovered

Cost:  $4,950.00

Program includes: International airfare, in-country travel, accommodations, all meals,  facilitators, translation, international/regional staff to guide the trip, all program fees, agency visits, guest lecturers, and insurance abroad.
Program does not include: Passport, visas, vaccinations, transportation to and from Case to the airport.

NOTE: There is a $200 deposit required with the application, due to the Office of Education Abroad.  More information available upon applying.