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Summer Hindi Language and Culture of India Study Abroad - HNDI 210/ HNDI 310 (3), HNDI 220/ HNDI 320, HNDI 301 (3). This 6-week FLAS approved Study Abroad in central India covers Intermediate OR Advanced Hindi along with a 3 credit course in Experiencing Central India.  Prerequisite for Intermediate Hindi is HNDI 120; Prerequisite for Advanced Hindi is HNDI 220. (Instructor: Geetanjali Tiwari; Summer 2015).


Landour is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand and in Lower Western Himalayas.  It is situated in the Mussoorie Range, the second of the five parallel folds of the Himalayas, offers striking views of the Garhwal Himalayas. Adjacent to the erstwhile British hill station is the quiet and quaint town of Landour.  Together are widely known as the "Queen of the Hills".  Landour is an idyllic town, dotted with old country homes, and lies at an altitude of 6,600 to 7800 ft. The altitude differential, aided by Landour being partly Tibet-facing, has a marked effect on the temperature with highs only reaching 85°F just before the rains begin in June, and warm clothing is recommended even in the summer, especially at night or if it rains. Summer is monsoon season, and Landour receives almost daily heavy rainfall during this time.

The town was established in the 1800’s as a convalescent depot for British troops is today the preferred getaway of artists, writers and nature lovers. The seclusion and verdant mountain scenery are perfect to spend some quiet time and commune with nature. The area has long winding roads that are lined on one side by majestic deodar and pine groves.  Once the group arrives in Landour, students should be able to walk anywhere they need to go.  However, students should be prepared for walking along steep inclines daily within Landour and also for heavy amounts of hiking during excursions around the mountains of Landour. The location is small and safe, and during free times, students can walk around Landour and Sister's Bazaar to find some pretty magnificent views, then enjoy endless cups of chai and a grilled cheese sandwich at chardukhan. The Landour Language School, where the group will be attending daily classes, is situated in the premises of the Kellogg Memorial Church, that was built in 1903.

Program Director

Dr. Geetanjali Tiwari was born in the heart of the Hindi belt of central India.  With her roots in India and as a native speaker of Hindi she also started the Hindi Program at KU.  The Hindi program has flourished and Dr. Tiwari is now the Coordinator of South Asian Studies Program which was also started with her initiatives.  Within the South Asian Studies Program she has introduced culture courses that include guest speakers from India as well as hands on Indian cooking classes.  She opened the student organization SPIC-MACAY at KU and has brought internationally renowned Indian artists to campus with very successful educational and intimate concerts.  She is enjoys singing and story telling and ran “Culture of India” at the Lawrence Public Library.  Dr. Tiwari has created other study abroad programs to India.  Her Environmental Studies program to south India is unique and gets much publicity.  She has a Masters in Wildlife Biology from the Wildlife institute of India, situated in the region that this study abroad program is located.  Her PhD in Cultural Anthropology is from The Pennsylvania State University based on her research on the practice of polyandry in the higher Himalayas near Tibet.

Academic Program

Indian women with cows

Primary language instruction will be provided by the Landour Language School. The school is under the administration of the North India Institute of Language Study Society, which is a non-profit cooperation organization established for the express purpose of teaching Hindi as a second language. The school has been in existence for over 100 years, and in this time it has taught over 20,000 students one or more North Indian Languages. The teachers are carefully selected and trained by a system of examinations and supervisor's reports. The present facilities and courses are based on these years of experience and time-tested methods.

Students enroll in 2-3 courses appropriate to their skill level for a total of 9-10 hours of credit awarded upon completion of the program. Students will receive a total of 90 contact hours of formal language instruction and 45 contact hours for their culture course (mostly during the 1st week of the program).  Outside of class, students are encouraged to practice speaking Hindi for all everyday purposes, including meals, excursions, etc.

Intermediate-level Track = 9 credits
HNDI 210 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi I
HNDI 220 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi II
HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature

Advanced-level Track = 9 credits
HNDI 310 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi I
HNDI 320 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi II
HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature

Beginner-level Track** = 10 credits
HNDI 110 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi I
HNDI 120 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi Il
**This track is allowed only for students with special permission from the instructor.


Students stay in a small hotel in Landour within a short walking distance from the school.  Breakfasts, dinners, meals during excursions, and two group meals will be provided by the program.   Students will be responsible for all other meals on their own in the town and during travel days to and from the program site.


The Program will begin in Mumbai with participation in the country's most comprehensive arts and cultural gathering where India’s legendary and leading artists assemble to teach, demonstrate and perform their art. Over 300 artists come to represent fine arts, music, dance, sculpture, films, yoga, indigenous arts and crafts and more. This gathering encourages informal conversations with various artists, and also all participants learn directly from an artist they choose for 4-5 days. The cultural immersion will end with a field trip to a World Heritage Site on an island off Mumbai.

On weekends in Landour students will be taken to various destinations such as natural parks, cultural heritage towns or cities and some rural villages. Local excursion options include Rishikesh town, an important spiritual destination though out India's past and Rajaji National Park for a wildlife safari. The group will do some day-hikes in and around Landour that are beautiful. Be prepared to walk steep inclines in the lap of the Himalayas. At the end of the program the last trip will take the students to the Taj Mahal in Agra before returning to the US.

All other weekends, students will have the opportunity to visit nearby villages, hamlets, temples, monasteries for the cultural experience and language practice with different populations of all ages.


Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have completed two semesters of college-level Hindi or the equivalent.  Students may apply who have not taken any Hindi (beginning) previously, but must seek special permission from the KU faculty director and will be charged additional tuition. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Financial Aid

KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for this Summer program. More information at: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/ScholarshipsFinancialAid

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Unofficial Transcript or 
Advising Report
        d. Two Online Recommendations
        e. Authorization to Release Student Information
        f. Student Conduct Verification

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/application-process

For more information

Dr. Geetanjali Tiwari 
email: gtiwari@ku.edu

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