Religions of India
This course will explore the major religious traditions of India: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism through their sacred cities, monuments, archaeological sites, texts, iconography, performance, and rituals. The 3-week journey begins in New Delhi, home to many religions, museums, and monuments. We then continue on to the ancient holy city of Varanasi/Benares and the village of Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon. In Sarnath we will visit a Buddhist monastery and engage with Buddhist teachers and pilgrims from all over the world. Our last stop will be Mumbai (Bombay), the multicultural city by the sea. Side trips will include the Taj Mahal, the island of Elephanta, Ajanta, Ellora, and the Jama Masjid Mosque.
Additional discussions will include Christianity (believed to have been brought to Kerala in South India by the Apostle Thomas), Judaism (several migrations to India beginning circa 500 BCE), and Zoroastrianism (migrations to India in the 10th century CE).
Location: New Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai
NY departure and return dates: January 1-23, 2014
Arrive in New Delhi morning of January 2nd
Course: 3 credits, History 160 /Religion 260 /or East Asian Studies 290
Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3172
CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $735
Travel insurance: $37
Consolidated fee (housing, excursions, field trips): $2400
Total cost with airfare: $4772
Airfare: $1600 (estimate)
Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $ 500)
Application Deadline: November 4, 2013
Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.
Education Abroad Office
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Email: Education Abroad