• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students at US institutions.


South Asian languages, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Classroom Language

Sanskrit, Urdu, English, Hindi


Home stays or apartments

Program Duration

Academic year: late August - late April

Fall semester: late August - late December

Spring semester: Late December - late April

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  10/3/2014
Extended Deadline: 10/24/2014
Fall 2015-16  3/13/2015
Extended Deadline: 4/10/2015
Year 2015-16  3/13/2015
Extended Deadline: 4/10/2015

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. You will study Hindi language and enroll in an integrative core culture course that surveys the sites and resources of the Varanasi community. The 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.