India: Health and Human Rights

By living with Indian host families, students have an excellent opportunity to practice language skills and share daily life, including many memorable meals. Students may also experience special cultural activities, including religious ceremonies and weddings.

New Delhi
Students live with a carefully selected homestay family in New Delhi for approximately nine weeks. Families are typically middle class and of various sizes and religious backgrounds. A majority of host families have multiple generations living under one roof and are typically located in residential neighborhoods where transportation, shopping, and Internet resources are easily accessible. Most homestay families are at a distance of 20 minutes’ commute by Delhi Metro — known for its punctuality and comfort. The program center is located a walkable distance from the metro station.

In addition to providing unique living experiences for our students, homestay families are trained by our program staff to understand SIT program policies and procedures with regard to student health and safety. Furthermore, the program has a policy of putting two students of the same gender in one home. Two students living in one home and traveling to and from program activities together helps enhance the safety of students. In the event of an emergency, families are equipped to respond. Over the course of the semester, the homestay coordinator and academic director check in regularly with students and homestay families.

Rural homestay
Some of the students opting for rural workshops have an opportunity to live for a few days with local Himalayan communities in the remote villages of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand state.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: New Delhi

Language Study: Hindi

Prerequisites: None


View Student Evaluations for this program:

About the Evaluations (PDF)

Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Spring 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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