India Cultural Trip

Saturday, December 14th to Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Application Deadline: Monday, May 27th













The Caltech Y, in partnership with the Caltech SURF Program and IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN), is coordinating a trip to Ahmedabad, India. This trip is designed to introduce Caltech students to the many layers that form identity in India. Through a combination of academic lectures and fieldtrips, IITGN faculty will take participants through the India of the past, present and future, relating India’s ancient traditions of philosophy, science and technology to a present-day India.


The trip will take place in Ahmedabad, located on the western coast of India. Chosen by Gandhi as the center of his political campaigns and social experiments, Ahmedabad also has a long-standing tradition of business and entrepreneurship as well as spectacular architecture. It is a historic city steeped in tradition that is also responding rapidly to modernity and globalization.



December 14               Leave Caltech
December 16               Arrive in India
December 17-22          Workshops, Discussions, Fieldtrips
December 23               Leave India
December 23               Arrive in US


Program Highlights

Talks and discussions will be led by IITGN faculty and other guest speakers. Topics include:

  • History

  • Religions in India

  • Democracy

  • Caste and community structures

  • Science and technology (both ancient and modern)

  • Science policy

  • Indian philosophical traditions

  • India as an economic market

  • Gender issues

  • Poetry and films


Cost: $950/student

Thanks to our partners, IITGN and the SURF Program, this trip is heavily subsidized. The $950 student fee includes airfare to and from Caltech, lodging and meals while in-country, visa processing fees and Travel Insurance.  Immunizations are required, but not covered in the fee.


The trip is open to all undergraduate students.  Because this trip is scheduled at the beginning of winter break participants may choose to travel independently to a different destination when the program ends or to return with the group to Caltech. 


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Applications are due on Monday, May 27th. Applications are not considered complete until the Application and Application Essay Questions are submitted. Email the Application Essay Questions to Space is limited.

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