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India: Social Entrepreneurship & Development

Pune & Jaipur, India


Engage with a city that's been at the forefront of social reforms in India since the 18th century. Discover the value of social entrepreneurship when you intern with a local community organization, and learn about Indian culture by living with a host family.


  • Spring semester (early January–late April)
  • Winter quarter/trimester (early January–mid-March)

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Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university

Living arrangements

Homestay with an Indian host family

Courses & credits

Recommended credit for the semester program is 16 semester credits or the equivalent. Recommended credit for the winter quarter/trimester is equivalent to a similar term on the home campus. See course descriptions

  • Development Studies Internship
  • Development Economics
  • Contemporary India
  • Hindi Language
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Language requirement

No prerequisites. Except for the required Hindi language study, all classes are conducted in English.


Program brochure
Program handbook - Winter/spring 2019

Application deadlines

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Explore the program

Analyze development and economics in India

India is a compelling case study for understanding the relationship between a growing economy and disparities in socioeconomic classes, available infrastructure, public health, and education. You will study these concepts every day, whether you are in the classroom, on program excursions, or traveling through the city.

Adopt a new worldview

Jump out of your comfort zone and experience daily life in a new culture. As you explore India, take courses, and meet new people every day, your understanding of India, the world, and yourself will be transformed over the semester.

Gain internship experience

Intern with a local organization whose services and advocacy align with your academic interests. This experience will show you how the Indian government and the non-profit sector work together to advance the nation's economic and social development. 

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Alosha Southern
Grinnell College

The course topics enhanced my understanding of cultural and social nuances in India, and it was very rewarding to feel as if I was able to understand and communicate in Hindi by the end of the semester.

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