South Asian Studies

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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.

    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 Program List. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where SAS courses may be available.

    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 Prof. Hannah Muller (fall 2017) and Prof. Jonathan Sapiro Anjaria (spring 2018).

    Requesting Credit in South Asian Studies

    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 Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

    Scholarships

    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.

    FAQs

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.