Summer 2016: Incredible India: Creating Global Educators
Location: Hyderabad, India

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Department: Education

Leaders: Dr. Kiran Padmaraju; Mrs. Maheshwari; Dr. Dan Carter

: Education

  Terms/Timeframe: July 26-August 10, 2016

Language: English

  Credits: 1-4

Budget: Summer 2016


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 29, 2016
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

Program participants will be going to India for two weeks to experience the culture of a developing country that has made great strides in technology in recent years. They will observe teachers in both private and public schools (where the medium of instruction is English) and will be able to interact with veteran teachers. Apart from seeing the many historical and cultural venues in Hyderabad, they will have the opportunity to see the Taj Mahal before returning to Chicago.

Sample Activities/Itinerary

Program participants will be visiting five different cities in India during the course of two weeks to experience the culture of a developing country that has made great strides in technology in recent years. They will observe teachers in schools (where the medium of instruction is English); interact with veteran teachers; participate in cultural events; get a glimpse of diversity (language, religion, socioeconomic status….) in India; sample the rich culture (cuisines, hospitality, art forms and so on); get a guided tour of the world-renowned Taj Mahal.

Arrival in Delhi, India

Have a tour of the mounuments and religious places in Delhi. One day of Faith tour -  where participants will go to places of worship from different religions to get a sense of the prevelant religious diversity in India.

Go to Amritsar in a train and visit the Golden Temple, the holy place for Sikhs.

Fly to Hyderabad. Have field experiences in Jubilee Hills Public school for 3 days and visit two other schools for a day.

Evening trips in Hyderabad will be planned to Golcondo Fort for a Light and Music show; Buddha gradens where there is a huge statue of the Buddha and there is a street called Eat Street where one can get food from many different cuisines of the world; Charminar (a historic landamrak of the city) and the surrounding markets; Shilpa Ramam (trade fair where artists and craftsmen from across India come and set up stalls and sell their fares)

Fly to Jaipur for sightseeing and cultural experiences. Head to Agra from Jaipur by road and visit the Taj Mahal and other historical places in and around Agra  - 4 days.

Board return flight for Chicago. While returning, you gain a day, so the participants will be back in Chicago the same day as they start.


Undergraduate options (students may select 1 to 4 credits):

STG 4000- Multicultural/Disabilities Practicum (1 cr)

EDF 2555- Diversity of Schools and Societies: Social and Global Perspectives (3 cr)

ELE 3340- Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle School (3 cr)

ELE 4741 or SED 4741 - Independent study 1-3 Credits*

STA 3970 Study Abroad: Faculty-Led

Graduate options:

EDF 5550- Comparative and International Education (3 cr)

ELE 5990 - Independent study (1-3 credits)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Students will stay in hotels.
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At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **