This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.
Learning Hindi, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, provides opportunities to contribute to the growing connections between the U.S. and India and engage with the worldwide Indian diaspora. Through this program, you will develop practical Hindi language skills, as well as an appreciation of the culture and society in which it is embedded.
After taking an online language placement test, you will be placed into the appropriate level group for your Hindi studies. Both the online and in-person components of this intensive Hindi language course will introduce level-specific grammatical forms and essential vocabulary to establish a solid foundation in all four key language skill areas—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Daily instruction, practice sessions, and assignments will improve your ability to express yourself and engage in conversation in Hindi. During the online course, instructors will draw materials from variety of formal and informal sources, including audio-visual materials.
The in-country component in Jaipur, India, will provide individualized instruction and opportunities to practice your language skills in real-world settings. You will also explore one of Jaipur’s local crafts, such as kite-making, block printing, or tie-dying fabric, to learn hands-on skills and related vocabulary, which you will share through a written paper and class presentation.
- Build Hindi language skills with small group sessions and individualized tutoring.
- Learn from native language teachers, with experience in both online and in-person language instruction.
- Live with a homestay family in Jaipur and learn about India’s diverse communities and cultures. (J-term)
- Explore a local craft and develop new skills and vocabulary through hands-on learning activities. (J-term)
In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.