University of Minnesota
Global Future Physician Program is an exclusive program designed for the pre- medical students of the University of Minnesota. This program involves two intense weeks of learning together both in the classroom and on the road. Students who take part in this course gain a greater understanding of health care and public health in the context of a rapidly developing economy. Special emphasis is laid on a comparative review of health care in India and the United States. In addition, students travel to the rural, tribal communities south of Mysore to explore regional development and region specific health challenges.
University of South Carolina
This is a two week ‘Health and Development’ study abroad program in India focusing on Public health, Health and Development, Cultural immersion, Gender and non Profit Leadership in Indian context. During this period, they will also be introduced to various aspects of Indian Philosophy, and the classroom sessions are complemented by field visits related to Public health.
University of IOWA and Our Lady of Lake College
Summer Study abroad program is designed as a flexible elective for a small group of clinical or advanced health science students and, with special permission, liberal arts students with an interest in global health. Participants learn about South Indian health care issues and practice, including strategies to develop culturally congruent health care. Students also participate in activities appropriate to their specific disciplines and tailored learning objectives.The group arrives at VIIS after attending virtual classes during the spring semester. At VIIS they attend a week long orientation on the history, culture, politics and languages of Southern India. Students then proceed to participate in the clinical activities of the community program of SVYM at Sargur. Students learn about community outreach that serves different populations and offers programs such as amputation prevention, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS awareness, eye care, and water sanitation and hygiene services. The students participate in community assessments, programming and/or evaluation, attending seminars and clinical discussions.
University of Northern IOWA
This study broad program of Northern Iowa University focuses on education, technology and society of India. This course emphasizes technologies and strategies used to provide access to safe, drinkable water, as well as environmental management and sustainability practices as they relate to air, soil and water quality in developing communities. In addition, the students visit tribal communities where such sustainable practices are being implemented and gather feedback from residents and local leadership. Students gain hands-on experience with a number of service activities, including rainwater harvesting, eco-sanitation, community development, women’s self-help groups, youth education and public health. This course draws a comparison between US and India environmental policy as it relates to the role of the NGO, industry, and the private citizen.
University of Michigan
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance participates in an annual program, bringing students to Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies. Cal Poly Pomona University joins in this program. This program is unique as they come to learn Indian performing arts, Music(Vocal, Instrumental in Carnatic style), Mridhangam, Tabla, Veena and Bharathanatyam. Further the program is unique because they follow Indian “Guru Kula Parampara” i.e., the disciples going to the teacher's house to learn the art. All this is done in the course of two months and our Gurus excel in imparting the knowledge to their disciples in such a way that the students will give a final performance of what they learn in such a short time.
University of Mount Allison
University of Mt.Allison has a short term program of 8 weeks for three courses, normally between June and July. They study Culture and Civilization of India, Gender in India, Science & Technology and Sustainable Development in Post independent India. Besides the above three courses they also learn Hindi or Sanskrit or Kannada. In seven weeks of time they also learn Music, Indian Dance (Bharathanatyam) in Carnatic style. Its amazing that students give a performance at the end of the term. The program concludes with a one week tour of North Karnataka, showcasing Culture Heritage of Karnataka, represented at Badami, Bijapur and Hampi (Vijayanagara). The last site always excites the students.
Cornell University –ILR School
Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies is implementing a unique program entitled “Global Service Learning program” for Cornell School of Industrial and Labour Relations. The specific content area covered include cultural education, non profit leadership, labour issues, Health care system in India, Gender and secure service learning for each student for a period ranging from 4 to 6 weeks. following their class room based program at Mysore.
Follow the link for Dr. Balu’s visit to Cornell University:
Global Service Learning Program 2013
More on the Program
University of Iowa - Semester in South India Program
Other customized courses through SVYM Programs
Other courses offered include Indian Languages, Yoga, Fine Arts, Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Education and schooling network, Appropriate Rural Technologies, Non-Profit Management and Leadership Development.
Apart from the structured courses mentioned above the Organization also provides ample opportunities for volunteering, either as an individual or in groups to explore, experience and contribute their time and expertise in sectors of health, education, socio-economic development, Non-profits, behavioral change, communication strategies, research and governance.
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