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  • Locations: Chennai, India; Mumbai, India; New Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Fall - Short Term
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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What You Need to Know

The purpose of this course is to introduce students involved in health care and education related professional programs to the South Asian culture, family, food and healthcare systems. The primary objectives are to broaden students' global perspectives, enhance their cultural competence and expand their critical and comparative thinking skills. Students will sample and experience the regional and religious diversity of this culture through lectures, films/documentaries, readings, and a cultural immersion trip to India.

The first part of the course will consist of online instruction, assigned and recommended readings, online discussion, online student presentations and webinars presented by faculty from India on community based projects and traditional food and healthcare systems. Pre-departure programming will be part of the online instruction module. The second part will encompass the cultural immersion trip to India. Students and faculty will visit New Delhi in North India, the city of Agra where Taj Mahal is situated and Mumbai and Chennai. During the visit to India, students will have an opportunity to visit schools, community program sites, NGOs, educational institutions, traditional and modern healthcare facilities, go on Food Walks and learn about the South Asian culture by interacting with families and communities in both rural and urban areas.

Travel and Living

A group flight to and from India out of New York City is included in the program fee. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by SU Abroad and are included in the program fee. You'll be housed in shared rooms in guest houses and hotels booked by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Students will receive some meals (included in the program fee), but will be responsible for a majority of meals. The program fee includes all professionally guided tours from MagicTours (Tripadvisor certificate of excellence including a trip to the Taj Mahal.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


South Asia Culture: Family, Food, and Health Care Systems
CFS/NSD/SAS 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

*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.


Dr. Sudha Raj, Dr. Raj holds a B.Sc. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University and M.Sc. degree from Bombay University in India. She subsequently completed her M.S and PhD degrees in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University. Dr. Raj is also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Raj is interested in exploring the role of acculturative factors as they impact the health and well-being of Asian Indian immigrants specifically from India. Since 1994, she has developed dietetics related educational resources, written book chapters and given presentations highlighting the unique Asian Indian culture, food habits and role of food as delineated in the traditional medical system of Ayurveda. She was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the first pilot studies to investigate dietary acculturation patterns in Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. Recently she was one of two academy members responsible for the inception of the Member interest group for Asian Indians in Dietetics.


Online course begins: TBD
Depart for India December 31, 2019
Arrive in India January 1, 2020
Program ends January 11, 2020
Application deadline: May 8, 2019


Students register for this 3-credit class during the Fall Semester. This means that SU undergraduates pay no additional tuition charge for the overseas program's tuition
as long as they have not exceeded the 19-credit limit for the semester. Graduate students pay the per-credit tuition charge for this three credit class.

All students will pay a program fee (estimated between  $3,850 and $4,000) for the travel portion of the course, which includes housing, some group meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees. It also includes all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once expenses have been confirmed. Please note: The fee does not include airfare to and from JFK. 

Application, Selection & Payment Procedures

A completed online application and a $70 non-refundable application fee are due to Syracuse Abroad by May 8, 2019. An admissions committee made up of Professors Raj and Ramadoss and an Syracuse Abroad representative will review all applications. Students will be notified of their acceptance shortly after the due date. Upon acceptance, a $575 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation in the program. The full program fee will be posted to accepted students' bursar accounts  and billed alongside Fall 2019 semester charges.

For more information, please contact Myles Chalue: 315-443-9420 or 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.