Pitt Summer Study Abroad Programs in Asia
PITT IN INDIA
The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to offer a seven week summer study abroad program which introduces students to the fascinating country of India. The first six weeks of the program will be held at the University of Hyderabad in the culturally rich city of Hyderabad. The remaining week will be spent travelling in a desingated region of India. The Location: The city of Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in India with a history dating from the 14th century. From the 17th through the 19th centuries it was one of the most opulent cities in Asia. Today it is pluralistic, using four languages officially (Telugu, Hindi, Urdu, and English) and is a microcosm of Indian religious and ethnic diversity. The city has a moderate climate and is home to five major universities and several research and cultural institutes. Read More About Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad is a nationally funded university founded in 1974. It is a strong research and teaching university with a computerized library and an internationally connected faculty. It is situated on a 2000 acre campus roughly 15 miles outside of Hyderabad. Recently the University of Hyderabad was designated as one of the top five universities in India. Read More About the University of Hyderabad and SIP Program. The Academic Program: The program will be coordinated by Dr. Aparna Rayaprol, who earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and who is now faculty at the University of Hyderabad. The Pitt in India academic program spans 6 weeks on the University of Hyderabad’s campus (after which, students will spent a week touring North India). Students will take 2 or 3 of the following 4 courses (for a total of either 6 or 9 credits). 1. ANTHRO 1764: Contemporary India (3 credits) 2. ANTHRO 1787: Environmental Movements in India (3 credits) 3. RELST 1500: Religion in India (3 credits) 4. SOC 1414: Ethnography and the Indian Landscape (3 credits)
ANTHRO 1764: Contemporary India (3 credits) This core course is interdisciplinary and seeks to introduce India in its multi-faceted dimensions. The course is structured into two parts - Part A presents an overview of the diversity that exists in India; part B focuses on selected themes/issues that are of current interest/concern in the country today. The aim of this course is to provide a broad understanding of India and to expose the students to the prevailing debates on various issues confronting contemporary India.
ANTHRO 1787: Environmental Movements in India (3 credits) Description coming soon!
RELST 1500: Religion in India (3 credits) Description coming soon!
SOC 1414: Ethnography and the Indian Landscape (3 credits) This course focuses on developing skills in observing and interpreting the contemporary Indian landscape and providing an avenue to meaningful interaction with contemporary India. Students develop ethnographic skills for observing and interpreting the contemporary Indian landscape. Independent research projects will be expected. Topics include: gender issues, human rights, minority issues, development projects, religious pluralism.
Excursion to North India - For the final week of the program, students will journey in North India, seeing the incredible cities of Delhi, Jaipur as well as Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal. Visit the Photo Gallery Page to see the sights that you can see this summer!
Please contact Jeff Whitehead in the Study Abroad office (802 WPU) for further information, tel 412.648.2299 or email at
PITT IN CHINA
The City of Wuhan. Situated in a subtropical climate at the confluence of the Yangtze and Han Rivers in central China, Wuhan is a thriving metropolis of over 8 million people. Although it was founded more than 3500 years ago, today’s Wuhan offers students the resources and amenities of numerous cultural institutions, a major transportation hub, and regional centers of technology and education. Participants in the program may also take advantage of Wuhan’s abundant gardens and natural areas, the annual Dragon Boat Festival, and the numerous museums and historical sites of the East Lake region.
Wuhan University - Wuhan University is a major university under the administration of the Education Ministry of the PRC. Located in Hubei Provence in the capital city of Wuhan, the university is known for its exceptional beauty, lovely lakes and world class gardens. The campus is wooded and green and the buildings are a unique example of Chinese architectural style. Students come from all over the world to study at Wuhan University and the campus is a major hub of a wide range of disciplines including engineering, business, English and literature.
Academic Program - Spoken Chinese is taught in small groups by local professors, based on students' individual levels, from beginning to intermediate. This component of the program is worth 3 credits. Students also participate in a 3 credit course on China’s economic development and current economic environment, consisting of lectures by local faculty and associated in-depth site visits to American and Chinese companies in Wuhan. - Much more on the academic program will follow in the coming weeks! ! ! Please contact Jeff Whitehead in the Study Abroad office (802 WPU) for further information, tel 412.648.2299 or email at email@example.com