India is the world´s most populous country, following China, with the size, cultural and geographical diversity of a whole continent. While we can´t promise that three months will be enough to get to know the world´s biggest democracy, we do believe you will want to return and learn more.
The study center is located in Pondicherry, in the south eastern state Tamil Nadu. Pondicherry, or Puducherry, is situated roughly 150 km south of India´s fourth largest city, Chennai (Madras). The majority of the ethnic population is tamil, and Hinduism is the most widespread religion. Pondicherry has the population of a million, making it an average sized Indian city. It is located on the coast, and it is easy to go for a swim just outside the city. Pondicherry is a former French colony, and the town itself is divided into an Indian part and a French part. The architecture and the atmosphere in the French part are reminiscent of the French influence, while the Indian section is more like other towns in southern India – pulsating, colorful and more densely populated. A large part of the population speaks English.
The study centre is located in an old villa near the beach promenade of Pondicherry. Within walking distance from the student houses.
The programme fee includes accommodation and breakfast and lunch all school days. The student houses are located in close proximity to each other in the centre of Pondicherry city. The students mainly stay in double or quadruple rooms. It is however possible to pay more and stay in a single room. You can also choose to arrange your own accommodation and get a deduction in the fee.
The food in Pondicherry is in general both delicious and cheap, reflecting both old and new trade routes.
Travel in India
Many students take the opportunity to explore the region before and after the study period. The studies and life in Pondicherry will be the natural focus during the semester, but there will be opportunities for short weekend trips. Our collection of travel stories from previous students might awake the explorer in you.
Culture in India
Is there a special Indian way of thinking? Yes, says the Indian writer and researcher A. K. Ramanujan. You can make up your own mind after living and travelling in India.
The climate in Pondicherry is tropical. During the spring semester temperatures will rise steadily from comfortable to really hot, with little rain. The autumn semester offers comfortable warmth, but a more humid climate and occasional rain. Sometimes the monsoon coincides with the semester bringing days of hard rain. Click on the link below to see average temperature and yearly rainfall.
For those who are interested it is possible to do volunteer work for local NGOs before or after the semester in Pondicherry.
Kulturstudier means new perspectives
—Studying with scholarship students is a great asset. They contribute with extremely good insight in class and when doing fieldwork, and they always know something the other students cannot read in their books. But the best part is how they contribute culturally and socially, and you really get to connect with the social surroundings and society through them, says previous student Mia Strand.
You book your own flight tickets. Our travel agent Kilroy travels offer both joint arrivals with fellow students and individual travel.
To ensure that all our students are correctly insured throughout the semester, Kulturstudier arranges a group insurance with Gouda Travel Insurance. This insurance is mandatory for Nordic and German students. Students of other nationalities must buy equivalent insurance in their home country.
With Kulturstudier you can study in Argentina, with fully transferable credits (ECTS - European Credit Transfer System), which will qualify for financing from many European state educational loan funds.
In addition to the programme fee (that includes accommodation) you will need at least 3000 Euro for travel, books, pocket money and other expenses.
Facts on India
1,2 billion (January 2012)
New Delhi (22 mill.)
The largest religions are Hinduism (80,5%), Islam (13,4%), Christianity (2.3%), Sikh (1.99%), Buddism (0.77%) og Jainism (0.41%)
3,28 mill km². The world’s 7th largest country consisting of 28 states and 6 territories.
18 official languages where hindi, urdu, punjabi, tamil and telugu are the most spoken.
GDP per capita:
USD 1075 per capita
Rupee (100 rupees equals USD 1,64) (April 2014)
Time difference to central Europe:
Winter: 4,5 hours; Summer: 3,5 hours.
Average living age:
Population living below poverty line: