SPEA in India

Study development strategy in the world's second most populous country

India occupies a unique geo-political position and plays host to an immensely diverse array of religions, cultures, languages, and ethnicities in both a secular and democratic cosmos.

Learn more about the SPEA in India program

June 1 - June 30, 2016

For three weeks you will visit Shillong, the capital of the Indian state of Meghalaya in India’s northeast, close to the border with China. Your final week in India will be spent in New Delhi, the political and governmental center of the country. 

V482/V582 – India’s Development Strategy and Regional Linkages (6 credits)

Program Director: Ambassador Rajendra M. Abhyankar

This six-credit course explores theoretical and historical concepts related to India’s political and economic development. India occupies a unique geo-political position – second largest population in the world, immense, multiple diversity of religions, cultures, languages and ethnicities and a secular and democratic ethos. The country has made large economic gains in the past decades and has captured the attention of scholars all around the world.

This course will introduce you to the history of India with an emphasis on its development and culture. Additionally, the course will focus on the current political situation in India and its impact on India’s strategic role in international affairs. You will observe that contemporary social and political problems often arise from a variety of sources and grievances, including economic inequality, lobbying influences on public policy, government predominance, equal access to resources, ethnic inequalities, issues of privacy and security, property rights, affirmative action through public policy and environmental challenges. 

See your academic/faculty advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The IUB SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office has preapproved this course to fulfill the following undergraduate academic programs:

    • Environmental Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Law and Public Policy
    • Management
    • Policy Analysis
    • Public Financial Management
    • Public and Nonprofit Management

The program is open to IU undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as graduate students in good standing. Students from across IU will be allowed to apply, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program. 


While studying at both the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong and TERI University in New Delhi, you will receive room and board at student dormitories. You will live in fully equipped double-occupancy rooms in a modern building and receive breakfast and lunch in the dormitory cafeteria. You will have access to Wi-Fi, a large, modern library, study halls, and computer labs in which to study and prepare assignments. Both campuses are secure and frequently patrolled by local police officers on foot patrol. 


You will be provided with two meals per day, five days per week, and additional meals as appropriate during excursions/field trips. Any remaining meals (dinner and over weekends) will be left to your discretion. Food can be purchased within the campus, even on weekends, thus you will not need to leave campus for food. However, if you wish to go off campus, there are a number of Indian, Tibetan, and other restaurants in the surrounding area. A list of acceptable restaurants will be provided. 

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

SPEA in India Program Fee: $4,000

SPEA graduate student program fee after fellowship: $3,500

SPEA undergraduate student program fee after scholarship: $2,000

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances


Scholarships will be awarded to all SPEA students based on availability; however, if you apply by the priority application deadline, you will be guaranteed a scholarship as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Graduate Fellowships are available to all SPEA graduate students based on availability in the amount of $500 USD.

Undergraduate scholarships will be in the amount of 50 percent of the program fees up to a maximum of $2,000 USD.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis. 

IU Tuition – 6 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in India is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to India, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.