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  • Locations: Agra, India; Chennai, India; Delhi, India; Hyderabad, India; Jaipur, India; Kerala, India; Mahabalipuram, India; Pondicherry, India
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Dorm
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits: 12-16 Internships: Yes
Field Placement: Yes Service learning: Yes
Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:
India Organization

Three credits never felt more physically earned than they have here in India. Completing an Internship in the subcontinent is a test of will, temperature tolerance, and cultural understanding...As months turn to weeks, I look back on my fulfilling internship role with humility and appreciation. Even if my time there only lasted three months, the connections and the experience gained will continue with me long after I step onto the return flight. To anyone who is studying abroad or thinking about working away from the US, I highly recommend looking into an internship while away. The international community embraces young minds with an eagerness to learn and willingness to work. 

... Continue reading the full story on our blog!

Marc Unger: Chennai, India 2017

Why BCA Chennai?
  • Study in Southern India – an off-the-beaten track location for study abroad! Learn about the history, culture and food that make Chennai, and Southern India, unique.
  • Stand out by adding an international internship or placement to your resume! Work with a local non-profit or community-based organization, business or research center.
  • Retreat from bustling Chennai, India’s fourth-largest city, by living and studying on the college’s gated and quiet campus. It’s a majestic forest full of trees and wildlife, including bird varieties, geckos, porcupines, toads, spotted deer and a mongoose family.   

Study at one of the top 10 liberal arts and science colleges in India, Madras Christian College, which offers a variety of courses in the liberal arts, humanities, science and business. All BCA students enroll in an Indian culture and society course, which introduces you to Indian culture, the social system and Tamil, the local language. Internships are available in business, religious studies, education, history, international relations, occupational therapy, political science and philosophy. The Social Work Department offers 200-hour placements, but placements for additional hours may be available upon request.  

You can also participate in an internship that is tailored to your needs with a local non-profit or community-based organization, business house or research center. These internships, which can be in Business, Education, History, Political Science & International Relations, Philosophy & Advanced Christian Studies, Occupational Therapy or Social Work, can range from 3 to 6 credits and will be supervised by the relevant faculty in conjunction with a supervisor at the local agency or business where the you intern. Social work majors can complete their field internship earning 6 credits and 200 hours. Offered by MCC’s Department of Social Work, the social work internship is supervised by a professor (MSW), who will handle your bi-weekly reviews, assessments and reports.

Community Connections
As a BCA student, you have a profound opportunity to connect with locals through your internship with an organization or business in the city. This experience, along with the guidance provided by your BCA Resident Director and your internship coordinator, will allow you to form relationships with locals and an appreciation for Indian culture that will last long past your time studying abroad. Outside of your internship, you will engage with Indian students in your classes, cafeteria, on-campus housing, and through campus activities that highlight the vibrant culture, music, theater and sports scene that Chennai offers.  

Cultural Activities & Excursions
BCA’s Resident Director in India acts as your cultural guide as you dive into the cultural hotspots of Chennai and helps you to gain the confidence and knowledge you need to navigate the city on your own. You also travel through India together to better understand the country’s vast historical and cultural diversity. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included the world-renowned Taj Mahal, the cave sanctuaries and ornate rock engravings at Mahabalipuram and the picturesque seaside city of Pondicherry.

About Chennai
Chennai is the fourth-largest city in India and is known for its culture, music and film. It’s also a well-known city for the automotive, technology, healthcare and hardware manufacturing industries. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is 367 years old — the city was previously known as Madras, one of the first outposts for the British East India Company. Its exciting theatre sector heavily influences the classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. Visitors who enjoy both the arts and business worlds enjoy the historic city of Chennai.  The city is home to the Tamil film industry, one of India's largest, and hosts Madras Music Season, an annual music event that welcomes hundreds of artists.
Program Quick Facts
Application Deadlines
Spring semester: October 15

GPA Requirement: 2.6
Language of Instruction: English
University Partner: Madras Christian College (MCC)
Housing: University dormitories 

Meals: Meals in campus cafeteria
Program Dates:
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April