Due to the current world health situation, field trips are subject to change during Fall 2020. Please contact your Program Advisor 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.
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 Ranganthaswamy 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 hte 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 Omkarashwar Temple, and take a hike to wath 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.
Minimum 2.5 GPA and sophomore standing or higher