Amber Fort, Jaipur

Discover India with Manipal University

22 August - 12 September 2020: Explore the beautiful and diverse culture of India with Manipal University, spending three weeks immersed in this fascinating country.

Summer Programmes Update

With the spread of COVID-19 globally and the risk that poses to travelling students and faculty, Lancaster has made the difficult decision to cancel the Global Experiences Summer vacation programmes. Current staff and students can check our internal Covid-19 information pages for updates.

Information for current staff and students

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Travel to Manipal University and explore the beautiful and diverse culture of India. In this immersive three week programme India becomes your classroom as you accompany lecturers to different temples and heritage sites to learn about and understand the religions, history and ethos of the Indian people. You start the trip in the south of the country where you will visit family farms and NGOs Spend the night in the stunning Western Ghats, a UNESCO world heritage site. To cap off your stay in India, take in the city of Jaipur and visit some of the biggest tourist destinations across the whole of India, including both the Amber Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal.

This trip can be used as dissertation research for students enrolled in PPR 359:PPR in India. This module is open to any students who are interested in writing a final year dissertation on India. 

"‌I went on a study abroad programme to India when I was an undergraduate. Not only was it the most valuable learning experience of my university degree, but it changed how I understand the world. It is a dream come true for me to be able to offer to students at Lancaster University what was such a valuable experience for my own educational and personal development. During the several years I have been convenor for PPR in India, I have seen students produce some of their best academic work, as well as become more informed and mature global citizens." - Dr Brian Black, lecturer

Tab Content: Cost and Funding

Trip Fee Payable to Global Experiences: £1600

This programme fee covers accommodation, all scheduled activities and most meals. 

What isn't included in the fee?

  • International Flight Costs: The Global Experiences team will arrange for a group international flight, which participants may opt on to. The cost for this year's flight is £796. You can opt into this flight during the trip application.
  • Injections and medication: This will vary depending on which country option you choose. Participants should visit a travel clinic or nurse for advice before travelling. There is also advice available on the NHS Fit for Travel Website.
  • Spending money for shopping and free time activities.
  • Visa Costs: UK passport holders need an e-visa to enter India. For more information and to apply visit the Government of India's e-visa application website. You can also visit this website to find out visa informaition if you do not hold a UK passport.
  • Travel to and from the UK departure airport

Can I apply for funding?

In 2018-19, 65% students who travelled on on a Global Experiences trip received some form of financial assistance. Students who are in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University will likely be eligible to receive funding covering 60-75% of the programme fee. This funding can be applied for during the trip application process.

More information about funding is available here.

Tab Content: Support for Travellers

All trip participants will be expected to attend a compulsory pre-departure training session on 27 May. 

Participants will also be expected to attend a Cross-Cultural Training workshop. There will be various sessions happening in the Lent and Summer Terms, including ones on 20 or 21 May which will be tailored especially for people participating in a Global Experiences vacation programme.

Tab Content: Key Facts

Key Facts About the Trip

Trip Dates: 22 August - 12 September

UK Departure Airport: To be confirmed, but likely London

Estimated Number of Participants: 15-20 Lancaster University students. 

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020

James' India Experience

In 2018 James traveled to India with Global Experiences.

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