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IFSA-Butler Contemporary India
Pune, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options:
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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IFSA-Butler Contemporary India 

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • IFSA application deadline: November 1, 2020

The IFSA-Butler Contemporary India program is a great fit for those students interested in studying in the world's largest democracy and exploring its multi-cultural society. Students participate in directed research in addition to taking courses in the areas of contemporary India, Hindi, Public Health, and more. 

Environmental issues, development, social justice, economics and public health, in particular, are key areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions. By providing a core academic base and allowing progressive specialization though electives, culminating in a directed research project of the student's own choosing, the Contemporary India program takes an interdisciplinary yet focused approach to these timely and provocative issues, both as they apply to India and in their global context.

The Setting

The city of Pune is located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and has an estimated population of roughly 7.5 million people. It has recently become known has one of India's biggest educational hubs, sometimes being called the "Oxford of the East." Originally, the ruling Peshwas made Pune their capital until the British took the city in 1817. Now, you will find a mix of old and new, with some buildings still retaining some colonial-era charm in a city that has seen major growth through globalization. 



Students are required to enroll in five courses for the semester: one core course, one field component, and three electives. The core course is called Contemporary India and deals with politics, history, and social development within India. For the field component, Princeton students are only permitted to participate in the directed research option; the internship and documentary film are not awarded academic credit. The directed research topic should be different from a student's JP.

The elective courses can be found in the areas of Gender Studies, Economics, Public Health, Hindi language, and more. Please review the academics section of the IFSA program website for more details. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to mid December
Spring Semester: late January to mid May

Please refer to the IFSA website for updated calendars


Students will live with host families while in Pune in order to further encourage cultural immersion and allow students more opportunities to engage with their environment. The host families provide dinner every day, and lunches are students' responsibility. The IFSA program center will provide breakfast during the week.  

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students will need a visa to study in India. Please visit the Cox and Kings Global Services website for more information. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the IFSA website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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