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  • Locations: Agra, India; Chennai, India; Delhi, India; Hyderabad, India; Jaipur, India; Kerala, India; Mahabalipuram, India; Pondicherry, India
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, 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:
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.

One of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, named Thomas, is also connected to Chennai. He is believed to have visited India as an evangelist and died in the area that is now Chennai. Santhome and St. Thomas Mount are two suburbs that are named after him.  In addition, Fort St. George was built by the British and was completed on St. George’s Day on April 23rd, 1640. This is why the fort was named after Britain’s patron saint. It now serves as the state’s legislative and administrative seat.

Madras Christian College (MCC) was founded in 1837 by Scottish missionaries. The College is known as much for its academic standing and leadership building as it is for social commitment. It is one of the oldest institutes of higher education in the Indian subcontinent and was affiliated with the University of Madras, although it is autonomous. In fact, the college was among the first institutions in India to be granted autonomy in 1978.

Today, the College has approximately 7,000 students and more than 220 faculty members serving in 33 departments. Ranked among the Top Ten Liberal Arts and Science Colleges in India, MCC has a rating of A+ (equivalent to 90-95%) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The college has 16 departments that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various disciplines such as liberal arts, humanities, science and business.  As a BCA Chennai student, you can enroll in courses in the following departments:  The Department of Social Work, The Department of History, The Department of Political Science, The Department of Business Administration, The Department of Philosophy and The Institute for Advanced Christian Studies.

Madras Christian College also boasts of a long list of famous alumni that include the former president of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan; the former Finance Minister of India, P Chidambaram; and tennis star Leander Paes.

The BCA student can also participate in an internship that is tailored to their 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 student interns.  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.

Student Life
Madras Christian College attracts students from all over the world. This diverse student body adds to your intercultural experience and provides more opportunities for you to learn.There are several clubs and student organizations at Madras Christian College that BCA students can join based on your interests.

BCA students live on campus in student housing in air conditioned rooms that are furnished with a single bed, closet, desk and chair. Women are housed in Martin and Margaret Hall while men are housed in Thomas Hall.  Each Hall has a Warden who is in charge of the hall.  Students take their meals in the common dining room at each Hall. They will also have a small kitchenette to use as needed.

Educational Excursions
Discover India with BCA! You will travel with your fellow BCA students and resident director to many amazing locations in India and enjoy opportunities to learn about India’s rich culture, history and traditions. Academic excursion include:
  • Delhi, India’s capital and a visit to one of the world’s largest mosques
  • The city of Agra, where you will learn the history of the world famous Taj Mahal and its unique architecture
  • Hyderabad: a glimpse into the history of the main southern Muslim kingdom and its modern day metamorphosis.
  • Other possible cities you may visit include Madurai where some of India’s famous temples are located, Mamallapuram, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and Pondicherry, a former French colony.