Language and Culture in India
- Immerse yourself in Indian culture with Hindi classes, excursions, and cultural activities
- Take 9-10 credits of Beginner- to Advanced-level Hindi classes
- Visits include Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, national parks, rural villages, and hiking around the city of Landour
- Rosemounts Language School in India is an exciting place for students to study Hindi, English and even French
- Rosemounts is located near New Delhi and is a safe, green and student friendly city
Primary language instruction will be provided by the Landour Language School. The school is under the administration of the North India Institute of Language Study Society, which is a non-profit cooperation organization established for the express purpose of teaching Hindi as a second language. The school has been in existence for over 100 years, and in this time it has taught over 20,000 students one or more North Indian Languages. The teachers are carefully selected and trained by a system of examinations and supervisor’s reports. The present facilities and courses are based on these years of experience and time-tested methods.
Landour is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand and in Lower Western Himalaya. It is situated in the Mussoorie Range, the second of the five parallel folds of the Himalaya, offers striking views of the Garhwal Himalaya. The twin towns of Mussoorie and Landour, together, are widely known as the “Queen of the Hills”. Landour is an idyllic town, dotted with old country homes, and lies at an altitude of 6,600 to 7800 ft. The altitude differential, aided by Landour being partly Tibet-facing, has a marked effect on the temperature with highs only reaching 85°F just before the rains begin in June, and warm clothing is recommended even in the summer. Summer is monsoon season, and Landour receives almost daily heavy rainfall during this time.
The town was established in the 1800’s as a convalescent depot for British troops is today the preferred getaway of artists, writers and nature lovers. The seclusion and verdant mountain scenery are perfect to spend some quiet time and commune with nature. The area has long winding roads that are lined on one side by majestic deodar and pine groves. Once the group arrives in Landour, students should be able to walk anywhere they need to go. However, students should be prepared for heavy amounts of hiking during excursions as well as the hilly walks within Landour they will face. The location is small and safe, and during free times, students can walk around Landour and Sister’s Bazaar to find some pretty magnificent views, then enjoy endless cups of chai and a grilled cheese sandwich at chardukhan. The Landour Language School, where the group will be attending classes, is situated in the “Lal Tibba” area (meaning red mountain top) in Landour cantonment and the classes are held in the premises of the Kellogg Memorial Church, that was built in 1903.
Students enroll in 2-3 courses appropriate to their skill level for a total of 9-10 hours of credit awarded upon completion of the program. Outside of class, students are encouraged to use Hindi for all everyday purposes, including meals, excursions, etc.
Intermediate-level Track = 9 credits
- HNDI 210 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi I
- HNDI 220 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi II
- HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature
Advanced-level Track = 9 credits
- HNDI 310 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi I
- HNDI 320 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi II
- HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature
Beginner-level Track* = 10 credits
- HNDI 110 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi I
- HNDI 120 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi II
*This track is allowed only for students with special permission from the instructor.
Students stay in a small hotel in Landour within a short walking distance from the school. Breakfasts are provided by the hotel in Landour, and most other meals will be provided by the program. Students are responsible for meals during their travel days to/from India as well as any meals they choose to have on their own.
The Program will begin in Mumbai with participation in the country's most comprehensive arts and cultural convention, where India’s leadings artists assemble to teach, demonstrate and perform their art. Over 300 artists come to represent fine arts, music, dance, sculpture, films, yoga, and more. This convention encourages informal conversations with various artists, and also all participants learn from an artist they choose for 4-5 days. The cultural immersion will end with a field trip to a World Heritage Site on an island off Mumbai.
On weekends in Landour students will be taken to various destinations such as natural parks, cultural heritage towns or cities and some rural villages. Local excursion options include Rishikesh town, an important spiritual destination though out India's past and Rajaji National Park for a wildlife safari. The group will do some day hikes in and around Landour that are beautiful. Be prepared to walk steep inclines in the lap of the Himalayas. At the end of the program the last trip will take the students to the Taj Mahal in Agra before returning to the US.
All other weekends, students will have the opportunity to visit nearby villages and schools for language practice with different age groups and populations.
Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have completed two semesters of college-level Hindi or the equivalent. Students may apply who have not taken any Hindi (beginning) previously, but must seek special permission from the KU faculty director and will be charged additional tuition. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).
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Dr. Geetanjali Tiwari was born in the heart of the Hindi belt of central India. With her roots in India and as a native speaker of Hindi she also started the Hindi Program at KU. The Hindi program has flourished and Dr. Tiwari is now the Coordinator of South Asian Studies Program which was also started with her initiatives. Within the South Asian Studies Program she has introduced culture courses that include guest speakers from India as well as hands on Indian cooking classes. She opened the student organization SPIC-MACAY at KU and has brought internationally renowned Indian artists to campus with very successful educational and intimate concerts. She is enjoys singing and story telling and ran “Culture of India” at the Lawrence Public Library. Dr. Tiwari has created other study abroad programs to India. Her Environmental Studies program to south India is unique and gets much publicity. She has a Masters in Wildlife Biology from the Wildlife institute of India, situated in the region that this study abroad program will be located.
Her PhD in Cultural Anthropology is from The Pennsylvania State University based on her research in the higher Himalayas near Tibet.