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  • Locations: Chennai, India
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Biology, Field Research, Health Related Language of Instruction: English
Course Number: 205 Program Host: St. Olaf College
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: Biology or health related majors
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Anne Walter, Sara Fruehling
Housing: Guesthouses
Program Description:

India is a vast country with tremendous opportunities for investigating ecology and ways in which humans practice health care and interact with the environment. This fall semester program in India offers up to 10 biology and environmental studies students a chance to work on two independent research projects chosen among several sites in southern India. These projects are designed to contribute to the mission of the host agencies, NGOs and research teams.  Possible topics will be in the areas of rural health care, leprosy, TB, vector-borne diseases, molecular biology, agriculture, elephant/wildlife ecology, mountain ecology, medicinal plants and sustainable development.

The program starts with a four-week study and orientation session in Chennai and a rural setting that exposes students to India and Indian life. These class sessions and field trips introduce India’s history, philosophy, religion, music, customs and current politics, as well as the practical matters of getting around and getting along in India. The program fulfills two biology electives, MCG and WRI requirements. Students may complete their two research papers upon return under the guidance of the biology faculty: these are graded by biology department faculty, forming the student’s grade for the course, and returned to the research site. A fourth independent study course is possible with permission of the program adviser and the appropriate department.  Those students wanting environmental studies experiential or elective credit must request permission from the chair of environmental studies in writing.

This is a list of pre-approved GE credits.  The program consists of
three St. Olaf credit (2 count in the GPA).  An additional credit may
be earned through and Independent Study.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 08/27/2018 12/20/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.