Study Abroad in India 2015
Exploring Sacred Places
May 24 - June 17, 2015
Dr. Derek Maher in India
|Dr. Derek Maher, professor of Religious Studies, will lead this program for the 10th year in a row. Students will earn 6 semester hours of
RELI 2500, and graduate credit is also possible. Mandatory pre-departure meetings will take place in March and April, 2015. Program costs include tuition, application fee, hotels, intercity transportation within India, tours, entry fees, performances, health insurance, course readings, and some group meals. The course satisfies Foundations Curriculum: Humanities credit.
The 26 day program will include visits to Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Amritsar. Students will be instructed in basic yoga and meditation techniques; they will study with Indian religious teachers; they will attend musical performances, museums, and locations that are sacred to Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious communities. The itinerary also includes visits to the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, Mughal Forts, the Ganges River, and hikes in the natural landscapes.
"India is, simply put, the single most fascinating place on the face of the earth," Maher said. "This country that values contemplative silence in its religious traditions is also rife with great busyness and delightful chaos." In addition to the information students will learn about different cultures and countries, Maher hopes a study abroad experience will help students learn a thing or two about themselves and the world in which they live. "I hope and anticipate each student will come back with a much broader view of what is on the menu of possibilities for being human," Maher said. "That's one lesson I hope they learn.
[ECU "Pieces of Eight" article May 12, 2006]