Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) - India's third largest city - is a bustling metropolis where the population exceeds 15 million. Calcutta is known equally for its revolutionary history and its rich literary and artistic heritage.  India defies description in a single paragraph. The diversity of cultures, religions, classes and castes is immense. One of the most ancient of civilizations, India struggles today with all the issues and concerns of the contemporary world.  Studying the evolution of India, as one empire succeeded another, and the blending or separation of cultural traditions makes a fascinating and instructive experience in human social and intellectual history.  Students experiences in Kolkata provide new challenges and life-long rewards, including profound opportunities to experience life and humanity from an Indian perspective. 

Program Highlights

  • India is quite possibly one of the most interesting and at the same time the most challenging places you may ever visit.  It is a wealth of history, learning, food, art, natural beauty and music.  At the same time it offers a contradiction in poverty, pollution and population density.  It has been described as "one of the hardest places that I have ever visited and the one which most draws me back".
  • You can be a pioneer... The Spring 2013 program to Kolkata will be the 3rd time CSB/SJU will embark on an international experience to India. 
  • Participate in exciting excursions to locations such as Agra (Taj Mahal)  or Kerala that solidify classroom learning through first-hand experience and cultural immersion.


Calcutta is home to St. Xavier's College (SXCC), one of India's premier educational institutions. It was founded by the Jesuit order in 1860 and offers high quality programs in science, arts, commerce, business administration, and mass communication.  

CSB/SJU students will enroll directly at SXCC for one class of their choice in the following disciplines: Environmental Studies, Sociology,  Mass Communications, or Political Science. In addition, students will take courses in Bengali language, culture, arts and the history of India. Finally, all students will take the Study Abroad Seminar course from their faculty director. 

CSB/SJU students will have access to computer laboratories, an on-campus library, and recreational facilities through SXCC.

Experiential Learning and Activities

In addition to classes, students are completing a service learning project during the semester.  They volunteer between 6 and 8 hours per week at a local NGO, in addition to an academic course to help them navigate the Indian society and its needs.  The majority of our students are volunteering at Loreto Day School, Sealdah, which was featured with the Under-told Stories with Fred de Sam Lazaro.


Students will live in a home stay experience.  Students will be paired in groups of two to four students per household.  In each homestay, internet is provided along with some meals will be included with the program.  Students have to commute each day for program activities including class or service learning.  The typical commute can average around 45 minutes one way. 

Program Dates

 The program dates for India are from late December to mid-May.

Financial Considerations

 For more information on the "Program Fees" for this program, please refer to the India Program Brochure for specific information.  Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure.  In this brochure, there are estimates of what past participants spent on this program.  Also included in this brochure is information regarding scholarships and financial aid.

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