Study Abroad

India, Summer 2004

Group in India

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life”

Twelve University of Illinois students and one from Fairfield University participated in the Summer Session I 2004 study abroad course Hist/Anth 168, “Indian Civilization” taught by Hans Henrich Hock, Professor of Linguistics and Sanskrit. The 3 credit hour course satisfies the non-western general education requirement. The course, offered for the fourth time, was again based in Panchgani, India, which at 4,600 feet above sea level offered a pleasant climate and green surroundings. Students attended classes and conducted field work interviewing people in the neighboring village and town, and were treated to a series of special events. One of the most outstanding was an extended visit by Sharon Lowen, an expert in Odissi and Manipuri dance and other dance traditions of India. She gave the students a hands-on introduction to the different components of classical Indian dance—foot movements, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Another highlight was a trip to Ellora, a place designated by UNESCO as one of the major World Heritage Sites. In addition to Buddhist and Jainist rock-cut prayer halls, Ellora features Kailashnath Temple, a monumental, 30 meter high structure chiseled out of the live rock, with elaborate rock-cut sculptures and carvings. One student commented, “This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.” Another wrote, “The memories we’ve all shared will last for a lifetime.”

This study abroad course will be offered again in Summer 2005. For more details please see the Panchgani, India study abroad webpage.

Group in India

Group in India