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  • Locations: Mussoorie, India
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Pitt in the Himalayas
The University of Pittsburgh's program is located in Mussoorie, India at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. The location provides easy access to forests, rivers, village communities, and views of the spectacular Himalayan peaks. With a population of 26,000, Mussoorie offers the conveniences and resources of contemporary urban living, yet remains small enough to offer students daily opportunities for true engagement with the local culture and community. Located on the outskirts of the city, the Woodstock School and Hanfil Center serves as home base. Pitt's unique program allows students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects in one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the world. Courses taken in the classroom are contextualized as students explore the towns, villages, and environment offered by the Himalayan Mountains.  Excursions to sites of cultural and historical significance allow for understanding of the region in a way that time in a classroom simply cannot provide.  Students will also spend some time living with a host family in a small village, learning yoga at the birthplace of the practice, and trekking along one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the country.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language requirement
  • Spring semester only
Program Calendar
Spring: mid-January to late April

Courses are held at the Hanifl Centre at the Woodstock School in Mussoorie. Students choose from courses with an emphasis on anthropology and geography, which include extensive academic excursions to contextualize course content and make the most of the program’s setting. Grades from Pitt will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, SU Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Dormitory-style housing is provided at a modern residential facility on the campus of the Woodstock School.  Three meals are provided daily.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in India.  Pitt will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study.  Besides tuition, you will be charged a program fee which covers an International Student ID card, pre-departure meetings, room and board, excursions, and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.  

For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: Pitt in the Himalayas budget 2016-2017.pdf

Lou Berends,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and Pitt in the Himalayas application.

Syracuse University
  • Complete SU Abroad application
  • All application material must be submitted by the SU Abroad application deadline
Pitt in the Himalayas
  • Complete Pitt's application here. Check the Pitt in the Himalayas website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from Pitt for supplemental documents
Pitt in the Himalayas

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.