Spend a month in Banaglore and experience the rich culture of India!
Spend an exciting and rewarding summer in Bangalore on our wonderful cultural programme for Swansea University students.
You will attend a three week programme at St Joseph’s College of Commerce (SJCC) in Bangalore, South India, offering classes in history, politics, spirituality and Indian customs.
The programme also includes visits to local communities as well as large multi-national companies, offering you the opportunity to see all aspects of Indian society.
How to Apply
*** The IDO would like to draw your attention to ‘The Florence & Don McGregor Travel Bursary’ which we are offering this year. The ‘Florence & Don McGregor Travel Bursary’ will give three students the opportunity to apply for a fully funded summer programme to India.
To be eligible for one of these three free places on the India Summer Programme, students are required to write a short essay of no more than 500 words clearly stating the following points:
- Why do you want to take part in the India summer programme?
- What do you hope to gain from the programme?
- Why would you be a worthy recipient of the ‘Florence & Don McGregor Travel Bursary’?
Please note that successful applicants will also be required to write a report to the trustees of the ‘Florence and Don McGregor’ Trust and then meet with the trustees after the trip to India.
Please submit this short essay and a CV by Wednesday 24th April to apply. Students who have not previously applied for the India summer programme should also complete a summer programme application form which can be downloaded from the IDO website, along with an academic reference and a photocopy of the biographical page of their passport.
Please submit the relevant documentation to the IDO reception by Wednesday 24th April (2.1 on campus map). Reception is open 10am-4pm Monday – Friday.
For more information on the ‘Florence & Don McGregor Trust’ please see below:
Florence & Don McGregor were a couple of modest means whose lives spanned most of the last century. Their abiding interest was in politics and, in particular, travel. They were dedicated members of the Movement for Colonial Freedom visiting India and many countries in Africa.
Having no family, Florence and Don decided that after their death their small house in Englefield Green, Surrey, should be sold and the money invested to set up a trust to help young people who wanted to undertake a project overseas in the cause of international understanding.
The Trustees use the interest on this money to make awards to young people in order that they have the opportunity to travel and experience a different culture.
Despite some culture shocks, the experiences have been profound and long-lasting and are a tribute to the character and selflessness of the participants.
Cost to students: £600 - This includes programme fees, accommodation and flights. (The programme is subsidised by the International Development Office, the full cost of the programme is £1100 but Swansea students will only pay £600)
Further Bursaries are also available:
A further £200 widening participation bursary is also available to eligible students
Dates: 10th August to 2nd September 2013 (approx flights still to be confirmed)
Eligibility: Open to level 1 & 2 and PG students in good standing.
If you have further questions about any of the programmes please see our FAQ's Section.
Snapshot of programme activities
"When we arrived at Bangalore airport, we were tired, hot and a bit disorientated from the long flight. The last thing I expected was the warm and gracious welcome we enjoyed from St Joseph's staff and students. It instantly made me feel accepted and welcomed"
Lectures and Visits
"Our lectures at St Josephs were of an incredible standard and the discussions were rewarding, enlightening and at times entertaining. I felt privileged to learn from scholars who are clearly eminent in their field and have a real passion for their work"
Visit to an Ashram
"Our visit to Fireflies Ashram with Jumur was a beautiful spiritual break from busy city life. It was a great time to reflect on my time in India so far and to learn about the Yogi lifestyle"
Working with NGO
"A huge part of our initial few weeks in India was our visits to the NGOs in Bangalore. This was an amazing opportunity and something which I had looked forward to once I knew I had been selected to take part in this trip. Our first visit was to BOSCO and it was certainly an eye opener"
"When we had the visit to GE Health care I thought it was interesting and it was nice to see the economically booming side of India"
Children's Hostel, Anekal
"Our trip to Anekal was extra special as I turned 21 while we were there; it was certainly one my most memorable birthdays. Spending time with the Fathers, Brothers, Wardens and children gave us a real overview of what the Jesuits are doing in Anekal"
"The buddies aided our welcome to Bangalore – it was nice to get to know our student counterparts. During the first week it was great to have someone to answer our questions and they were so nice and friendly"
Experience Indian Lifestyle
"I learned a lot about the country of my ancestors. The ancient culture and customs that are still alive today make India the spectacular place it is and to learn more about it was fantastic"