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Global Service Learning: Global Health/ILR, India Summer Program
Mysore, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:
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Program Description:

The ILR School has partnered with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Karnataka state, India to develop the India SVYM GSL/Global Health Program. SVYM is a community development, non-religious, non-political organization working for the benefit of indigenous and rural people in southern India through effective education, accessible healthcare and sustainable empowerment initiatives. 

ILR students and Global Health Minor students will participate in 2 weeks of courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies to prepare for work in their service-learning placements. For more information about the courses of study, visit the Courses page. Students will then participate in a 6-week service learning projects in SVYM project sites that are both interesting to the students and beneficial for the organization. For more information about the service-learning component of the program, visit the Service-Learning page.

Description of Project Component:

Following the initial 2-week Learning component, students will be placed in either 4-week (ILR students) or 6-week (GH students) service projects at an SVYM site. Projects will be selected during spring semester before going to India, and an attempt will be made to match the students' top choices and interests with the needs and desires of SVYM

The program is split into 2 parts.

Part 1. During the first two weeks in India, students will take courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), an arm of SVYM, in Mysore, Karnataka state, India ( The courses are:

• Indian Civilization and Culture
• Gender in India
• Global Health in the Indian Context (depending on program track)
• Kannada (official language of Karnataka)

Part 2. After 2 weeks of courses, students will take part in 6-week service projects at one of SVYM’s field sites in Mysore, Bangalore or Hyderabad. The service project sites will be determined during the spring semester, prior to the students’ departure. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Summer 2016 10/19/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.