Field trips are subject to change. Please contact us for more information.
You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fees. In addition to the included program field trips, you may also have course field trips and numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.
This walk takes you over 450 years back in time to the rule of Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru. Discover what made the city so prosperous and why the British occupied it. Learn about the battles that took place, and visit the last surviving silk weavers to see them reel, dye, and weave silk yarn. Walk through Bengaluru's oldest market; learn about famous philanthropists, Sufi saints, temples and much more as you explore the oldest part of Bengaluru.
Visit Mysore, the City of Palaces, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore until 1947. You'll visit ancient historical sites such as the Srirangapatna Fort; stop at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple; and visit St. Philomena's Church. That night, you'll see the Maharaja's palace illuminated in lights and you'll visit again during the daytime to explore its exquisite carvings and precious works of art.
Travel to the capital of the Hindu empire, Vijayanagara, which ruled South India from teh 14th to the 16th centuries. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the extensive gian temples, palaces, market streets, aquatic structures, fortifications, and other ancient monuments.
Travel to the mountain region of Coorg, home to the Kodava people. There you will visit Raja's tomb, take a jeep excursion to Abby Falls, visit the Omkareshwar Temple, and take a hike to watch the sunset at Raja's Seat. Visit the Golden Temple, located in one of the largest Tibetan settlements in the world. At the Buddhist temple, you will see monks of all ages in traditional clothing who will speak to you about the temple's Tibetan culture and religion.
Students will explore temples and monuments built by the Hoysala Dynasty from the 11th and 12th Century AD. The Hoysala temples are known for intricate carvings and sculptures with metal-like polishing. The outer walls of one of the temples have 645 unique elephant carvings and it took about 103 years to complete the temple construction. Students will also visit the world's largest monolithic stone statue, 17 meters (58 feet) high of the Lord Gommateshwara, also referred to as Baahubali.
Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
Sophomore standing or higher