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Winter Learning Community in India

Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed.  If you wish to be added to an alternate list for this program please contact the IOP Director at

Study on campus winter term, then spend spring break in Delhi and Jaipur, India.

This Learning Community ties together the fields of women's and gender studies, literature, fine arts and public health. India is an ideal place to combine these areas, and students will have the opportunity to learn about, witness and participate in grass-roots activism by women in a way not often experienced in America. 

Students will spend winter term on campus with a three-credit women's and gender studies course which combines study of women's literature and the representation of issues such as public health, education and the environment with preparations to engage with activism in India. 

During spring break 2019, the class will visit Delhi and Jaipur, with a stopover in Agra for a visit to the Taj Majal. With visits to NGOs, guest lectures from local activists and faculty from the Universities in Delhi and Jaipur, students will get first-hand knowledge of how Indian women are engaging in the issues of their times. 

Upon their return to campus, program participants will complete the learning community program with a one-credit course offered spring term, which asks students to engage with local non-profits that deal with similar issues to those students witnessed in India.

Program dates: Travel conducted over spring break 2019.  Exact dates will be available soon. 

Faculty contacts: Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi (English, WGST) and Dr. Jennifer Popple (theatre, WGST)

Eligibility: This program is open to all students in solid academic standing (2.0 GPA) and will be of particular interest to students of literature, theatre, social work, sociology, women's  and gender studies, or any student with an interest in non-profit organizations or grass-roots activism.

Recommended for: This program is open to all majors. In addition to the previously mentioned areas of study, students in the fields of history, Asian studies, economics, religion and political science may find this program particularly rewarding. 

Anticipated program cap: 24 students


The 2018-19 Winter LC in India has three equally important academic components. This includes two on-campus courses and the two-week travel component. The program is divided between a three-credit winter-term course and a one-credit spring term course, with the travel component held between the two. 

The two courses for this program are:

  • WGST 380: Special Topics: Women, Identity & Feminist Activism in India  (three credits, winter term)
  • WGST 381:  Local & Global Activism (one credit, spring term)

Program Cost

Augustana estimates 2019 program fee will be similar to the 2017 program fee of $2,400.

Cost includes: Roundtrip airfare from Chicago, accommodations, group meals, ground transportation, group excursions and entry fees and health insurance.

Cost does not include: Some meals and all discretionary spending.

Financial aid

As a program with travel over break, the India LC is not eligible for standard academic year financial aid. It is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible. IOP Grants of $1,000 are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is eligible for a $2,000 Augie Choice grant for all students with junior or senior standing (six terms at Augustana or 60 credits completed by the end of winter term 2018).  Students in their second year during 2018-2019 are not eligible for Augie Choice funds for this program. 

Application process: Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November. The online application for this and all 2018-2019 programs will open in November 2017. 

Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by Jan. 15, 2018 in order for full consideration. If the program is over-enrolled, a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list. If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.