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  • Locations: Mumbai, India
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What You Need to Know

Bollywood Practicum is a 3-credit 3-week hands-on production course and offers students an intensive experience studying HD production in Bollywood (the popular commercial Hindi cinema made in Mumbai, India). Students will be introduced to the history, aesthetics, language, business, and process of filmmaking in India, and incorporate these into their own media project. Cultural outings, film screenings and other experiences will be used to supplement the classroom activities in order to deepen the understanding of the experience abroad. 
This program is supported by and run in conjunction with Whistling Woods International Institute for Film, Television, and Media Arts. Field visits to film sets, production facilities, along with a tour of South Bombay and nearby sites of cultural importance are included. Students will work collaboratively with Indian film professionals in an advanced level film workshop at Whistling Woods International ( and have the opportunity to implement their technical and cultural learning into a creative project over the course of the visit. At the end of the trip, students will get an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra.

*Group trips in India are covered by the program fee.  Schedule is subject to change.

Travel and Living

Students will arrange and pay for their own round-trip transportation to Mumbai on the designated group flight. Transportation for course-related field trips is arranged by Syracuse Abroad and covered by the program fee. Students will be housed at a TBD hotel.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, if you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.
*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Students need to be of junior standing by Summer 2018 and need to have completed COM 117 and TRF 205 (or equivalent 2nd year production courses).


Bollywood Practicum
TRF 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate or Graduate
In this course, students will critically understand and appreciate filmmaking and filmmakers in Bollywood by working directly with them. Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand the social and business contexts these films are made, and will develop an understanding of the Bollywood film language and its aesthetics, and learn how it is manipulated.

This course will count towards the Global Experience requirement for all Newhouse majors and as an intermediate production course for Television, Radio, and Film students.
*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.



Tula Goenka is a filmmaker, author, human rights activist and professor. She teaches courses in multimedia storytelling, film production and Indian cinema, and started her filmmaking career as an editor for Spike Lee, James Ivory and Mira Nair, among others. She now produces and edits her own documentaries, including the award-winning PBS film "Dancing On Mother Earth," about singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, "El Charango," about the musical instrument from Bolivia, and “Likhiya: Writing Stories With Mithila Art” a series of short films on artists from Madhubani, Bihar in India. Goenka is the author of “Not Just Bollywood: Indian Directors Speak” 
To read more about Professor Goenka, click here.


 Program begins:  May 19, 2018 
 Program ends:  June 13, 2018
 Application Deadline   February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,603(2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $2,200 (estimated) 
 Total  $5,803 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:
Air travel: $1,500 (Newark-Mumbai-Newark. Domestic USA flights will be extra)
Personal: $500
Lunches and other meals: $400
Books & Supplies: $100
These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.