Pack your bags and head to the monumental, exotic, bustling, and historic city of Delhi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. See for yourself the Raj-era bungalows, beautiful parks, sprawling cityscapes, elegant shops, and chaotic bazaars that characterize this multi-faceted city.
As the seat of the modern Indian government and the historic capital of the Mughal Empire and of British India after 1911, Delhi is the ideal city to explore both contemporary India and its cultural traditions. IES Abroad Delhi offers a rigorous academic program that focuses on contemporary India in its cultural and historical context. You can pursue your own academic interests through a broad range of IES Abroad courses and by taking courses at local universities in Delhi.
The program’s many focused courses offer a thorough immersion into Indian culture: The Cities of Delhi course introduces you to the diverse layers in the environment where you live and study and provides
you with an opportunity for individualized field research in an area of your interest.
In addition, the Hindi language courses give you the chance to practice your language skills, allowing you to better experience the Indian culture. Other courses integrate local course-related excursions into their syllabi to expand your academic experience in Delhi and surrounding parts of north India.
Delhi will be your classroom. Sample Indian fare, including kababs and biryanis, from local eateries. Try your hand at bargaining for artisans’ crafts at one of the city’s bustling open air markets. And don’t miss visiting awe-inspiring monuments, mosques, and architectural wonders like the Red Fort, one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi.
We want you to feel at home in India, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Delhi. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Deepen your understanding of Indian life through an internship, service learning opportunity, or volunteer placement in the local community. Gain valuable cultural insight, meet residents, and learn more about the complex socioeconomic issues in India by volunteering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer a wide variety of services, ranging from health care to environmental projects.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible— which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore Indian language, history, and culture with an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors and course options at the prestigious Kamala Nehru College, part of Delhi University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You must take 15–19 credit hours per semester. All IES Abroad courses are taught in English (except Hindi language courses) and are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following highly recommended program components:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhiwww.kamalanehrucollege.org/knc
Kamala Nehru College was founded in 1964 and was then known as the "Government College for Women," and was housed in Defence Colony. Initially, the college only offered courses in the arts, but today offers a full spectrum of courses in the disciplines of English, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. It is one of the colleges that comprise the University of Delhi (DU), a federally-funded University founded in 1922 and based off of the British University model with over eighty different colleges, institutions, and post-graduate departments. DU is one of the top universities in India and is known for high level instruction and research.
Offering both undergraduate and graduate courses, DU is one of the largest universities in the world with a student population over 300,000. More than 30 libraries, located across all campuses, provide required research and reference materials.
Enrollment is limited to certain classes, primarily in Indian Studies, and course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester on-site.
Location & Commute Time
Kamala Nehru College is located in the heart of South Delhi, about 20 minutes away from the IES Abroad Center. The campus is small, with a student body nearing 1,000. Even though Kamala Nehru College is a women's liberal arts college, the institution accepts male students.
University Clubs & Events
Kamala Nehru College has an active and welcoming extra-curricular life, and students have found that joining societies, clubs and organized events is a great way to make Indian friends.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)www.jnu.ac.in
Rated by Asia Week as the top general university in India, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is primarily a graduate institution and offers courses appropriate for advanced third- and fourth-year U.S. college students.
JNU has an attractive modern campus in a park setting in south Delhi. The 1,000 acre campus, in addition to university halls, is also comprised of large swaths of forest home to over 200 species of birds and various other forms of wildlife.
You should choose courses at JNU in your major or closely related fields. IES Abroad will assist you with the application process, but admission to courses is contingent on your having fulfilled the appropriate prerequisites and is determined by department. Final admission decisions rest with JNU. An early application deadline applies.
General course offerings include the following:
Location & Commute Time
Located in South Delhi on the Aravali Hill Range, JNU is a short commute away from Delhi’s three main railway stations and the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The commute time from JNU to the IES Abroad Delhi Center is between 30 and 60 minutes by auto rickshaw (a popular inexpensive three-wheeled taxi). Homestay commuting times will vary based on the location of the homestay.
University Clubs & Events
If you are accepted into JNU, you have the opportunity to take part in clubs and events at the University.
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.
Participating in a service learning experience in Delhi is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Delhi, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.
A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community.
These organizations typically focus on environmental issues, social and child welfare, economic development, health, housing, rural development, nutrition, cultural heritage, and animal welfare.
IES Abroad Delhi organizes multiple course-related excursions trips that complement our courses, and contribute to a general knowledge of Indian culture and society. The Cities of Delhi course includes structured classroom teaching and six specially designed course-related excursions. Required trips for class are included in the program fee.
Past course-related excursions include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Delhi, it will feel like home.
Live in a homestay in South Delhi. This is an ideal way to experience day-to-day Indian life and the culture that shapes it. In your homestay, you have a single room and may share a bath. You receive breakfast and one other meal per day.
Live in a group homestay in South Delhi with approximately five other IES Abroad students. In the group homestay, you have a double room and share a bathroom. You receive breakfast and one other meal per day. This option is best for students who prefer to live with a group of students in a secure and friendly environment.
Guest House Room (formerly called Single/Shared Room Accommodations)
These accommodations are a typical way for both Indian and international students to live in Delhi. They are family houses in South Delhi where separate and independent rooms are rented to short- and long-term guests. You live in a single or double room with a shared bath and access to simple kitchenettes. Breakfast and dinner is provided on weekdays; and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekends. This option is best for students who are more comfortable living independently.
Part of making you feel at home in Delhi is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
You have a personal IES Abroad advisor who works directly with you to prepare you for your study abroad experience. Upon your admission, you are sent preliminary predeparture information and shortly before the program begins, you receive information that familiarizes you with the structure of the program (such as course registration and what to expect), inoculations and health precautions, packing tips, and cultural challenges (suggested dress, climate, and homestay).
Once in Delhi, the program begins with an orientation introducing you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, and Indian life and customs. You explore Delhi with a peer guide to learn how to navigate public transportation and other essential information about the city of Delhi. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during that time.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Orientation also includes a general introductory lecture series on historical and contemporary India, as well as visits to some of Delhi’s famous neighborhood markets to help you become familiar with the city and the many communities that constitute Delhi’s unique milieu.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Delhi through our cultural events, such as:
IES Delhi Cooking Course
Our Student Affiars Coordinator, Sunita Kewalramani, also teaches a cooking course (non-credit) that many of our students enjoy!
Although your adventure begins in Delhi, our field trips take you to other great cities and sights in India to expand your Indian experience. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
Agra, Taj Mahal & Khajuraho2 DAYS
Take a look into India’s past during explorations of Agra and its fort, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the magnificent Taj Mahal, its recently rediscovered gardens, and the palace at Fatehpur Sikri.
Varanasi or Goa3-4 DAYS
Journey to locations such as Varanasi to visit the sacred site of Hindu religion, or to Goa for a look at the fusion between Portuguese and Indian culture. This longer field trip is planned in conjunction with courses taught during the term.
Gain insights into village life in India and visit the national forest that is home to the largest population of tigers on the planet.
A special focus of this trip is on the integration of conservation efforts
into the traditional rural village society of the area.
Visit the Golden Temple, the most holy gurudwara (place of worship) for the Sikh faith. Learn about the Sikhs from senior members of the gurudwara committee, witness significant rituals, and dine and volunteer at the gurudwara’s free kitchens, which feed up to 100,000 people every Sunday. Go to Jallianwala Bagh, the site of a tragic attack on peaceful protestors, as well as Wagah, at the border between India and Pakistan, to witness the daily border-closing ceremony at sunset.
NOTE: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Maria Stallone has been the Center Director in Delhi since 2011. She has been developing and directing study abroad programs in South and Southeast Asia for more than 13 years. Maria studied abroad in Sweden for a year as a Rotary Exchange student and went on to spend a year at Regent’s College in London as part of her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she earned a B.S.
She first traveled to Varanasi, India in 1993 with a prestigious Rotary Foundation Fellowship, where she began her study of Indian classical music. She completed her graduate work at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, achieving an Award of Merit in Ethnomusicology and Urdu. Her other academic distinctions include a diploma in Indian classical music and Hindi from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, and most recently, graduate work in Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Maria speaks four languages and has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships promoting her interests and research.
Housed in an independent bungalow, the IES Abroad Delhi Center is located within walking distance of the neighborhood’s central market, well-known in Delhi for its great restaurants. The Center provides easy access to local transportation, to partner universities, and your accommodations.
Pramod JamesOffice Assistant
Shobhit BhattAccounts and Administrative Coordinator
Sunita KewalramaniStudent Affairs & Administrative Coordinator