Best Semester Introduces India Studies Program
The study abroad organization Best Semester has implemented an India Studies Program (ISP), which will host its first group of students in Fall 2011. Ken Bussema, Vice President of Student Programs at ISP, said that the mission of ISP, like all Best Semester programs, is to give students an opportunity to learn and “to do it in a way that is Christ-centered, academically creditable, and filled with experience.”
ISP students will take two core classes, India’s Religious Landscape and Contemporary India: Culture, Society and Challenges, and will also get to choose from a number of elective courses, all of which are taken through a Christian college in India that Best Semester has partnered with. During the 10-12 weeks of studying, students will have the opportunity to go on weekend explorations. The program culminates with a 10-14 day trip from the South of India to the North where students will depart for the U.S. from New Delhi.
Bussema described the program as being suited for “student[s] who are eager to explore a cultural setting significantly different from their own.” He went on to say that ISP students are ones that are “trying to understand how [to] be an effective witness for Christ in a context in which you are in the minority.”
Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more about ISP and Best Semester.