Established in 1981, and conducting its twenty-second consecutive program in fall 2016, Davidson’s Semester-in-India program has a proven record of safety, efficiency, and consistency. The Semester-in-India features lectures and discussions in courses based in Chennai through various institutions in South India, combined with guided travels throughout India. The resident director for fall 2016 will be professor Sarah Waheed of the History Department.
Our program has earned respect for academic integrity, high caliber of participants, extensive travel opportunities and sound execution. The success of our program has been demonstrated by the return to India by nearly half of our past participants. Several participants have considered their semester in India to be a life-changing experience. In addition to providing a very stimulating academic experience the program provides extensive travel opportunities and affords the student the special pleasure of living with a group of students drawn from various college backgrounds in an atmosphere of trust, goodwill, and mutual care.
The Davidson College program is an undergraduate program that strives to provide a comprehensive as well as safe exposure to India through a well-defined academic program.
This academic program consists of four course modules. Three of the courses will be taught consistently year to year: SOU 310 – India Past and Present; ENV 240 – Indian Environment and Ecology; and SOU 375 – Urban India. The fourth course is taught in the area of expertise of the resident director. Resident Directors vary from year to year, but are always drawn from the Davidson College faculty.