|Program Schedule||Fall 2010||Spring 2011||Summer 2011||Fall 2011|
|Application Deadline||September 15, 2010||December 15, 2010||May 15, 2011||September 15, 2011|
|Online component of program begins:
8 weekly online modules comprising readings, participation in weekly asynchronous discussion forums, and bi-weekly real time synchronous sessions.
|October 1, 2010||January 1, 2011||June 1, 2011||October 1, 2011|
|Online component ends||November 26, 2010||Feb 26, 2011||July 27, 2011||November 26, 2011|
|Students arrange to fly into Chicago from other cities in the US. Team departs Chicago for Mumbai, India||Dec 13 evening.||March 11 evening.||August 1 evening.||Dec 13 evening.|
|Arrive in Mumbai. Spend night in hotel.||Dec 14 night.||March 12 night||August 2 night||Dec 14 night.|
|Leave by bus from Mumbai for WOTR Training Center, Darewadi (5 hours).||Dec 15 morning.||March 13 morning||August 3 morning||Dec 15 morning.|
|WOTR Exposure and Dialogue program (EDP)begins||December 16-23||M arch 14-March 21||August 4-August 11||December 16-23|
|Darewadi Training Center (1 day): Students exposed to action research techniques related to policy analysis and implementation in the rural Indian context||Dec 16||March 14||August 4||Dec 16|
|Watershed villages (5 days): Groups of 4-5 students accompanied by a WOTR research and a field staff member interact with villagers and conduct action research to learn about policy design, analysis, and implementation challenges in the field.||December 17-21||March 15-March 19||August 5- August 9||December 17-21|
|Darewadi Training Center (2 days): Reflection and Synthesis of learning and research.||December 22-23||March 20-21||August 10-11||December 22-23|
|Program ends noon at Darewadi. Depart afternoon by bus to Mumbai||Dec 23 noon||March 21 noon||August 11 noon||Dec 23 noon|
|Flight back to the US, arriving the next morning||December 23night||March 21 night||August 11 night||December 23 night|
|Final research papers due||January 23 2011||April 21, 2011||September 11, 2011||January 23 2012|
The program fee covers:
- Tuition and fees
- Official academic transcript
- Pre-departure information
- Room & board at the WOTR, Darewadi Training Center and in the watershed villages in India
- 24/7 Supervision and Assistance provided by AFOW faculty and WOTR staff
- Required class materials
- Health insurance and local transportation in India.
Program tuition breakdown:
1. Tuition & Fees $ 2,650
2. Room and Board $625
3. Course Materials $50
Note: Upon successful completion of the program you will receive graduate credit from an accredited university. Contact your financial aid office to determine if your financial aid will cover the program fee (Refer the FAQ link above for more information).
Not included in Program Fee (see details below)
- Flight expenses to and from India
- Passport & Visa fees
- Medical expenses not covered by Program Health Insurance coverage (e.g. Immunization fees)
- Independent travel expenses before or after the program
We estimate the Chicago-Mumbai roundtrip flight by Economy class will cost around $1200 depending on when we book it. Note: We will make group bookings for airline tickets to avail of a group discount and also to travel together. You may, after informing us, make your own arrangements to spend additional time in India after the program ends (i.e. not travel back with the group).
If you have a passport, please ensure that it is valid for 6 months after the date of your expected return back to the U.S. at the end of the program. If you do not meet this condition, you will not be able to apply for your Indian visa. For information on how to apply for a US passport go to http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
U.S. Passport application fees are around $100.
All US citizens are required to have a visa to visit India. Getting an Indian visa is quite straighforward. Once you have your passport, go online to the Indian Visa Center –Travisa Outsourcing (www.indian-visa.com) and apply for an Indian Tourist Visa. They have offices in five locations (Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston). If you are located in other cities you can apply for your visa to them by mail. You will need a 6 month Tourist visa which costs $73.00 (Consular fee + Service fee).
You will need immunizations (shots) to visit India. For more information on which shots you will need, check out the Center for Disease Control website http://www.cdc.gov/.
On Immunizations required for India see:
You can get immunization shots by scheduling a visit with your GP, or by scheduling an appointment online with a Travel Clinic in your area.
Estimated Personal expenses: *$200
*This estimate is based on past experience but will vary based on your individual spending habits and travel outside the program.
Important information on travel to India from the State Department website: