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CofC in India 2018: Geology

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 02, 2018
Program Starts: Jun 01, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 26, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,925
Program Locations: Agra, Kolkata, New Delhi
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Stephanie Leahy
Contact Email:
What is Included: -Round-trip airfare
-All meals
-Ground transportation while abroad (including domestic flight there)
-Entrance fees and gratuities
-Overseas medical insurance
-$50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)
What is not Included: -Tuition and associated fees
-Passport and Visa fees
-Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships
Program Description


The course will meet in Charleston on 6/1/18 and 6/2/18 for orientation, preparations, readings, outline sketches, and discussion of fieldwork. Flights to India will then be on 6/4/18. Return flights are on 6/22/18, arriving on 6/23/18.

GEOL 240/395: Water Resources and Pollution in the Developing World (4 credits)


This course focuses on water resource and pollution issues along the 2500-km-long Ganges River from the mountains in the Himalaya to the ocean near the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges River is seen in India as a critical economic, environmental, and cultural resource and is stressed due to large demand and cyclical, yet unpredictable, supply. This region of India has a populations of over 700 million who speak different languages, have diverse cultures, and varied states of development, economic access, planning, and diverse geologic and ecological settings. Poor river management, inconsistent precipitation during monsoons likely affected by climate change and pollution from insufficient waste management practices and a burgeoning population has resulted in additional stress on the river and its ecosystems.

This three-week travel-intensive study abroad course covers three important reaches of the river in the headwaters (Himalayan glaciers, steep mountain landscapes, and large hydroelectirc dams in Uttarakhand state), the plains (industrial heartland and large population centers in Uttar Pradesh state), and the mounth (coastal development, Sunderbans mangrove forest, and coastal hazards near Bay of Bengal in West Bengal state).

The course is timed to coincide with the pre-monsoon summer season to show students the importance of the monsoon season to this region. The course has two focus areas:
1. water resource and hydrology principles that delve into specific issues, including impacts of river management for economic development and associated land use change effects on water resource availability
2. water quality principles that focus on natural and anthropogenic changes to the chemical character of the river water, and linkages between human and environmental health

Students should be prepared for the following: extreme heat and humidity (100+ degrees Fahrenheit - typical summer conditions for northern India); cold and windy weather (30 degrees Fahrenheit - typical conditions near higher elevations); high altitudes near glacier (up to 13,0000 ft); Trail hiking; limited-access to western-style facilities.

*Students must have the following immunizations: Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B. They will also need to obtain malaria medication prior to departure.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


Drs. Vulava and Callahan have successfully led this course four times in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Between them, they have over 30 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of water resources, hydrology, pollution, and environmental geochemistry.

Dr. Vijay Vulava
Department: Geology

Dr. Vulava regularly teaches pollution, geochemistry, and water resource-themed courses aimed at freshmen to graduate students. His research focus is contaminant fate and transport in water and soil environments.

Dr. Timothy Callahan
Department: Geology

Dr. Callahan regularly teaches several water resource-themed classes. His research foci include policies, law, and social constructs (the human side of water resources), specifically how scientific information is used to shape decisions regarding water resource protection and distribution.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program directors. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or financial aid opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

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Population: 1205073612
Capital: New Delhi
Per-capita GDP: $ 3700
Size: 3287263 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 05:30 hours) Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi

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