UIndia is based at Manipal University in the southern Indian college town of Manipal. This UM semester on location program is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of India’s culture, traditions, and growing role in world affairs and the global economy. Prof. Sanjeev Chatterjee, award winning documentarian from UM’s School of Communication, will join Manipal University faculty in teaching the “India as an Idea” foundation course to UM students as part of the UIndia program.

Manipal is India’s only University town. Sixty kilometers north of the city of Mangalore, this gem of a small town sits ensconced in the typical lush greenery of the Malabar Coast. Founded by the visionary doctor, banker, and educator T.M.A. Pai on a barren plateau in 1953, Manipal University is now the engine of every aspect of life in the town that has evolved into a center for highly ranked higher education.

For more information about Manipal University, please visit http://www.manipal.edu/.


India as an Idea

An introduction to India’s place in the contemporary world. This 3 credit required course will be co-taught by a University of Miami and Manipal University faculty. This course will apply a particular lens to experience and learn about India through travel, interactions, engagement, study and synthesis of students’ diverse experiences. 1 week of travel in Southern India and 1 week of travel in Northern India are built into this experience.

Additional Courses

INS Courses

  • World Peace in a Nuclear Age

  • Regional Security in Southern Asia

  • Counter-Terrorism and Asymmetric Conflicts

  • Contemporary Indian Politics

COM Courses

  • Cinema in India

  • Environment and Development Communication

BPH courses

  • Maternal and Child Health

  • Public Health System and National Health Policies (includes weekly field trips to public health facilities)

  • Basic Epidemiology


Students will live on the Manipal University campus in dorms with other international students and local students. The program fee covers lodging, 3 meals per day, and evening snacks at the student caferteria which serves Indian food. However, students may also purchase food from American franchise eateries such as Subway, Pizza Hut, etc.


As part of the course “India as an Idea,” students will travel throughout southern and northern India for 2 weeks with Prof. Sanjeev Chatterjee. Southern India locations include Sringeri, Goa, Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Sravanabelagola, and Mysore. Northern India locations include New Delhi, Agra, Mathura, Bridaban, and Fatehpur Sikri.


For more information, please contact Prof. Chatterjee via email at sanjeev@miami.edu.

Program Info

Study Abroad Advisor
Jeff Jenkins


Qualifying GPA

Faculty Director
Sanjeev Chatterjee


Application Deadline
October 1st