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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
Program Description:

Cornell-Int'l Course: Hindi Service Learning (HINIDI 2215)
Program Overview Location
Academic Overview Calendar
Housing At a Glance
Faculty Information

Program Overview

A Short-Course Hindi Immersion Service Learning Course : A six week community-based, service learning Hindi immersion course will be offered in late Fall of 2015. The students enrolled in this course will acquire all four skills - speaking, reading, writing and listening in Hindi from volunteering in the local community-in India, and daily Hindi language instruction. Three weeks of Hindi  instruction on Cornell campus will bookend three weeks of community engaged intensive Hindi immersion in India. It will be open to students from diverse disciplines across Cornell University and the course will be designed to accommodate students from all levels.

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Location: Varanasi, India

About Varanasi: Varanasi, also known as Benares, or Kashi is a North Indian city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the state capital, Lucknow and 121 kilometres (75 mi) east of Allahabad. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The spiritual capital of India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Varanasi grew as an important industrial centre, famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. Buddha is believed to have founded Buddhism here around 528 BC when he gave his first sermon, "The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma", at nearby Sarnath. Varanasi is a culturally rich and ethnically, religiously and linguistically diverse. It has a great balance of ancient and modern India. Unlike some other larger cities, the vast majority of the city is Hindi speakers that speak less English. Varanasi  will prove an incredible opportunity to make many relationships for students that will last them for the rest of their lives. Students will find themselves connected with many scholars, learners, philosophers, artists, and spiritual people
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Academic Overview

  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Preparatory Hindi classes
  • 15th October -4th December
  • Time and Location: TBA 
  • On-site volunteering services in Varanasi NGOs
  • Daily Hindi classes
  • Yoga, Field trips, Excursions, Guest Lectures, Independent Study Project, and Concerts 
  • 1st January -20th January meditation_india



1st January -20th January 

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Housing: Homestays with Indian host families. 

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At a glance

Application Deadline: 20th October, 2015

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Cornell students
  • Undergraduates and Graduate students
  • Students from all levels can enroll in Hindi 2215

Costs: $1,575 (not including airfare)

Costs include:
  • Tuition
  • Shared apartment housing.
  • Daily yoga.
  • Two meals a day
  • Private concerts
  • Orientation
  • Study tour
  • Group field trips
  • Transportation to and from four site excursions.
  • Required excursions.
For a current budget of total estimated costs, please contact Cornell Abroad.

Faculty Admin

Faculty: Sujata Singh  SujataSingh

About faculty: I have been teaching Hindi at Cornell for the past eight years. Prior to teaching at Cornell, I taught Hindi to individuals and groups in India and abroad, from single lessons to yearlong courses. I have taught post-high school exchange programs, classes at University of Leipzig, Germany, and Intensive courses for diplomats in British High Commission in New Delhi. For me, teaching Hindi is rooted in family tradition. I sat with my father in my childhood as he taught Hindi to students from around the world. He was beloved by his students who became my friends and part of our family. Teaching and learning Hindi were subjects that brought us joy, purpose, and provided a bond. In 1999, I began teaching under my father's guidance. Since then, I have taught individuals and groups in India and abroad, from single lessons to yearlong courses. I have taught post-high school exchange programs, classes at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and intensive courses for diplomats in the American Embassy and British High Commission in New Delhi. Teaching Hindi still brings me joy, and now it is an honor for me to continue my family tradition here at Cornell.

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More Info

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Name: Sujata Singh
Phone : 6072554352

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.