• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate students at a US college or university.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


South Asian languages, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Classroom Language

English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu


Apartments, Local Hosts, Rented Room

Program Duration

Academic Year: Mid-August - Early May

Fall: Mid-August - Mid-December

Spring: Mid-January - Early May

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2018-19  9/21/2018
Fall 2019-20  5/3/2019
Year 2019-20  5/3/2019

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

India, Varanasi
UW in India

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Founded in 1961, this program offers an unparalleled opportunity to live and study in Varanasi, India - a city that highlights India's ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity. UW-Madison works in partnership with CET Academic Programs to offer this exciting opportunity to both UW-Madison students and students from any U.S. university. 

Varanasi (formerly known as Banaras) is located along the Ganges River and is a major Indian pilgrimage center as well as a thriving modern city of approximately 1.3 million inhabitants. As a program participant, you will encounter large Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Buddhist and Christian communities. The city is known for the origin of Jainism and Buddhism and has many religious sculptures, great architecture and a wonderful variety of food.

Taking full advantage of the unique social landscape of Varanasi, the academics of this program provide structure to the learning experience, but also grant you the freedom to explore areas of personal interest as they relate to Indian culture and society. Each semester you will study Hindi language and enroll in an integrative core culture course that surveys the sites and resources of the Varanasi community. The semester and academic year program also blends in a combination of independent learning opportunities, including individual and group tutorials focused on expressed areas of interest and an independent research project.

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Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

The objectives of the semester and academic year programs are:

- To facilitate students' pursuit of their academic interests and understanding of India through an individualized and field-based curriculum;

- To gain competence in Hindi language;

- To hone independent research skills.