IFSA-Summer in India

Program Details

Program Location Pune, India
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34023
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/28/23 to 07/21/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-Summer in India
Study the largest democracy in the world as you live and learn in Pune, a thriving city where you’ll find the combination of the spiritual and entrepreneurial fascinating. With opportunities to study public health, economics, gender studies, and more, you’ll find Pune the perfect backdrop for your academic endeavors. At the end of eight or twelve weeks of exploration with your IFSA cohort, you can let your new knowledge of India’s distinct and varied cultures shine in your future endeavors. 

Don’t just study contemporary India – live it! Immerse yourself in the cultural capital of Maharashtra, with a thriving university scene and active development community leading the next generation of Indian innovation.

This program has several summer sessions and Purdue students are required to do 2 sessions, by choosing one of the following options:

Session I + Session II (8 week program, 6 credits)

Internship + Class (8 week program, 6 credits). Students will do an internship, plus take one class from Session I or Session II. Option to take a class in both sessions for extra credits (additional fee applies).

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-Summer in India

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

IFSA offers one class during sessions I & II and students must take one class during each session, or do the the internship option and take one class in either session I or II.

Session I Class:

Contemporary India

Session II Class:

Food Culture and Indian Society

Internship Option:

Students can earn 3 Purdue credits and enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with an eight-week Summer Internship in India. Read more about the internship option here.


IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability.
  • Velhe Day Trip: Travel to the nearby village of Velhe to experience life in India. You will visit the Primary Health Care Center, interact with women and girls’ empowerment projects, lend a hand with agricultural initiatives at the local technical school, and learn about the traditional craft of making musical drums. 
  • Sinhagad Day Trip: Enjoy a morning trek to the ruins of an ancient fortress in the Sahyadri Mountains overlooking Pune. Literally “lion fort,” this historic hilltop features a memorial to 17th-century Maratha emperors and a temple to the goddess Kali.


You will stay in an Indian guesthouse, hotel, or serviced apartment in Pune. You may have a single and/or shared bedroom and bathroom. An electric kettle and hot plate are available. Most weekday meals will be provided by the IFSA program center. You will purchase your remaining meals or cook for yourself.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs are based on participation in Sessions I & II, students opting to do Session I + Internship will have higher costs and should expect to pay an additional $3,595 in tuition/housing for an additional 4 weeks, plus additional costs for food/transportation.

The Program & Housing Fees include: tuition, housing, on-site orientation and support, some meals, and cultural activities. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2021

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $4,220.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.00
Housing $1,975.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,400.00
Local Transportation $320.00
Visa $265.00
Meals $320.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $415.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
IFSA-Summer in Pune Deadline Mar 1

Returnees Information

IFSA-Summer in India

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.