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Religious Studies

Study Abroad in India 2014

Taj Mahal

Study Abroad in India 2014
Exploring Sacred Places
May 22 - June 14, 2014

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    Dr. Derek Maher in India
Dr. Derek Maher, professor of Religious Studies, will lead this program for the 9th 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, 2014. 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 25 day program will include visits to Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, 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 Bahai's, 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.

When Dr. Maher led a group of 16 students to India's sacred sites in May and June, 2006, a reporter, Erica Lazure, joined the group. As a consequence, there was significant media coverage:

"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]

Trip details:

ECU program costs: $2,950 Space is limited.
Airline ticket, approximately: $1,150 Applications are being accepted
Personal Expenses - $250
Total Cost - $4,350 For more information, please contact:
Dr. Maher 252.328.5332
$75 application fee due with application maherd@ecu.edu || Religion Program
$200 deposit due: January 31, 2014
50% of cost due: February 28, 2014
Balance due: March 29, 2014

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