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MS 092, Mandel Center
(781) 736-5240

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There are many wonderful options for South Asian Studies minors to study abroad. This page contains information that will assist South Asian Studies minors in determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Generally, students who study abroad for one semester or an academic year find the experience an extremely valuable part of their the South Asian Studies minor.

| FAQs | Sample of Approved Programs | Study Abroad Liaison | Receiving Credit in South Asian Studies | Funding Information |

FAQs

1. Can I receive South Asian Studies credit for courses taken overseas?

Yes, provided that the courses offered by your chosen study abroad program are closely related to South Asian Studies requirements.

2. Is there a maximum amount of South Asian Studies credits I can take abroad?

Students may count up to three study abroad courses for the minor in South Asian Studies.

3.  What kinds of courses can count for South Asian Studies credit for study abroad courses?

Any course taken abroad that focuses on South Asian (or Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, etc.) culture, society, politics, history, literature, art, religion, economics, public health, business, etc. will count toward the minor. In addition, most students who conduct an intensive independent study project abroad for which they receive Brandeis course credit may also count this course as one of their required SAS minor courses. Most study abroad programs in the region require language study (in Hindu/Urdu, Nepali or Tibetan), and generally one semester of language study can count as one of the five courses for the SAS minor.

There are exceptions to these guidelines. It is important to discuss your courses with the South Asian Studies study abroad liaison.

Sample of Approved Programs with South Asian Studies Coursework

For a list of programs with South Asian Studies coursework visit this Approved Program List. Additional approved programs located in India and Nepal may also have acceptable coursework and can be found on this Approved Progam List.

Study Abroad Liaison

Each academic department and program has a study abroad liaison who can answer questions about receiving major/minor credit and help you make choices about your study abroad program. You should speak with this faculty member before you go abroad, and again once you have returned. 

The liaison for South Asian Studies is Professor Harleen Singh.

Requesting Credit in South Asian Studies

The Office of Study Abroad and the Office of the Registrar decide whether a course may be counted as Brandeis credit, and how much credit a course might receive. If you have questions about course credit, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the South Asian Studies study abroad liaison receives copies of all official paperwork regarding your study abroad. Please keep all materials (syllabi, handouts, exercises, quizzes, exams, papers) from each course for which you hope to receive credit in case questions arise.

Students wishing to receive South Asian Studies credit for work done off campus during the academic year should discuss their desired coursework with their study abroad liaison for South Asian Studies. After returning from abroad, complete the electronic Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

Funding Information

The South Asian Studies Program would like to announce the inaugural Brandeis-India Initiative Fellows Program, a new funding opportunity for students who wish to pursue research in India. 

The Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage International Scholarship supports students wishing to study abroad in a developing country outside of the U.S., Canada or western Europe.

Boren Scholarships, The National Security Education Program (NSEP)
 Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad are available for students receiving need-based financial aid. Application materials are available online and in our office.

Visit the Study Abroad Financial Information page to read more about funding your study abroad experience. 

We welcome your feedback. If you have concerns or are looking for more information on a topic, please let us know!