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  • Locations: New Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
WI GI Benefits Eligible: Yes Program Type: *UWL-Faculty-Led Program*
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Communication Studies
UWL Course(s): CST332 Credits: 3
Program Description:

  • Travel to India with fellow UWL students and UWL Professor Ayesha Patnaik over the winter to beautiful India where we will get the chance to immerse ourselves in various cultural locales and settings!
  • We will spend time in 5 different locations (mostly northern and western India): Delhi, Jaipur, Chandelao, Varanasi and Mumbai.
  • In each of these locations, we will visit various sites of cultural, historical and spiritual significance. We will meet students, local academicians, members of NGO’s and have a home stay with a local family.
  • Our goal is to explore and discover new communicative paradigms within a specific historical, cultural and political context, stimulating introspection about the world and our role in it.
  • Using the work of researchers Florence Kluckhohn and Fred Strodtbeck, and social psychologist Geert Hofstede, you will view and make sense of diverse and alternative communicative styles and cultural patterns through exposure to a variety of authentic situations.


Do you want to spend your winter break away from the frigid Midwest AND earn credit? Look no further! The Intercultural Communication in India program is the answer to your winter woes and is one of the most unique opportunities UWL has to offer when it comes to faculty-led programs.

Overall, we will examine the very nature of culture, as well as how communication functions within the Indian cultural milieu. Cultural, socio-cultural, psycho-cultural, and environmental influences will be explored in terms of how they affect the communication process. We will use on-location site visits, course readings, active discussions, and photography in order to better understand how human communication both influences, and is influenced by, various aspects of culture.

Enjoy the pleasant weather in India during our winter months, with lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. This program is great for students studying Communication Studies (CST) however, it is open to ANY major and it's also open to non-UWL students. We are looking to take 10-16 students on this once in a lifetime opportunity where we will explore 5 cities over the course of 3 weeks.
CST 332: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
  • The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the study of cultures and their effects on communication. Cultural, socio-cultural, psychocultural and environmental influences will be explored in terms of how they affect the communication process. Communication behavior (both verbal and nonverbal) will be examined to determine its role in other cultures. Students will learn to communicate more competently with people from other cultures and ethnic groups.
Prerequisite: CST 190 or CST 230 or instructor permission.

Tentative Syllabus: India-J term 2019 Syllabus.PDF

Ayesha Patnaik - Communication Studies Lecturer
Date Schedule Accommodations Meals Provided
Dec 30 Depart the U.S. for India
Jan 1 Arrive into New Delhi, India
Welcome & Orientation
Guided bus tour of Delhi
YWCA Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner @ YWCA
Jan 2 Guest Lecture
Site visits to:
  • Guild of Service Delhi,
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • NAZ Foundation
Free Evening
YWCA Breakfast @ YWCA
Jan 3 Site visits to:
  • St. Stephens College/National Museum
  • Work of Pratham NGO
YWCA Lunch @ Dilli Haat
Dinner @ Home of Mr. Kishan Dass
Jan 4 Drive to Agra
Site visits to:
  • Guild of Service Campus near Mathura
  • Stone Workers in Agra
Overnight stay
Hotel Mansingh Dinner
Jan 5 Morning guided tour/visit to TAJ MAHAL
Site visits:
  • Fatehpur Sekri
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Overnight in Bharatpur
TBD Breakfast @ Hotel Mansingh
Jan 6 Guided tour of Bird Sanctuary
Site visit:
Lupin Himan Welfare Society - view field projects
Drive to Jaipur
Hotel Saneer Lunch
Jan 7 Interaction on Idea of Rajasthan
Sight-seeing day in Jaipur
Site visits to: 
  • Amer Palace (Optional Elephant Rides)
  • Jaigarh & Nahargarh Forts
Spend time in the "Old City"
Hotel Saneer Lunch
Jan 8 Site visit:
  • Kalakar Basti
Interaction with students at University of Rajasthan
Interaction with students and faculty at
Institute of Development Studies
Hotel Saneer Lunch
Jan 9 Homestay Orientation
Homestay drops
(with a local family)
Meals provided
Jan 10 Homestays  Homestay 
(with a local family)
Meals provided
Jan 11 Pickup from Homestays
Drive to Shekhawati
Overnight at Desert Resort
Site visit:
  • Painted  Havelis of Shekhawati
Desert Resort
Jan 12 Lecture/interaction
Site visits:
  • Small organic farm
  • Dundlodh Castle
Drive to Chandelao
Overnight in Chandelao
Jan 13 Explore Chandelao TBD Lunch
Jan 14 Drive to Jaipur and fly to Varanasi
Arrive at host families: Lehar Tara homestay, tea/snacks.
Orientation talk on the city of Varanasi, by Naval Krishna
Boat ride on the Ganga, observe Aarti
(with a local family)
Dinner w/host family
Jan 15 Walk on the Ghats
Guided visit to Buddhist Monument of Sarnath
Site visits:
  • Benaras Hindu University
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan
Interaction with faculty and students
(with a local family)
Jan 16 Fly to Mumbai
Relax, walk on Marine Drive
Site visit:
  • Gateway of India
Royal Bombay
Yacht Club
Jan 17 Site visits:
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Stock Exchange/Lintas Advertising Agency
Royal Bombay 
Yacht Club
Jan 18 Rest, relax, pack and explore Mumbai Royal Bombay 
Yacht Club
Jan 19 Depart from Mumbai back to the U.S.

PROGRAM COST: $5,400 - $5,960 (Based on an enrollment of 8-12 Students)

  • 3 Credits of Tuition & Fees
  • ROUND TRIP AIRFARE! (likely out of ORD or MSP - Students will be responsible for transport to and from ORD or MSP)
  • Accommodations
  • Most Meals
  • In-Country Ground Transportation
  • Excursions
  • Site Visits
  • CISI Health Insurance
Out-Of-Pocket Expenses:
  • Airfare for StopOver Flights within India (est $100)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Meals not included ($300)
Confirmation Deposit:
A $500 confirmation deposit is due at commitment. This goes towards your program cost and is NOT in addition to the billable program cost.
Important Flight Information:
  • All students on Faculty-led Programs are required to book through Fox World Travel (FWT) - UW System Mandate for University Sponsored Programs for flights to and from the U.S. to the program site location.
  • This program will book all students on a Group Block on the same flight with identical itineraries so that group is able to travel together
  • Airline miles can be used when booking with FWT
  • FWT ensures "duty of care" for UW System students
    • FWT will provide itineraries to faculty leaders and IEE
    • FWT will opt-in all students to "Altitude Alert" notifications
    • FWT will be student's primary point of contact for any flight disruptions or cancellations
  • Students will be encouraged to fly out of either MSP or ORD so that students can travel in together in groups
    • NOTE: Faculty Leaders are encouraged to fly with the students but are not required to

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.