Global Affairs

India: Global Perspectives in Higher Education

Students will participate in a two-week field trip to India that will provide an in-depth case study of its higher education system. The trip includes lectures from scholars and visits to Indian colleges and universities to meet with faculty, administrators and students.  Additional sessions will be held with scholars and local experts on higher education in India to explore current issues and government priorities. Our campus visits will include public colleges, state universities, "central" universities, and private and religiously affiliated institutions; elite technical and management institutes. Topics will include curricular opportunities; college admissions requirements; distribution of students by class and ethnicity; college climate and student services.

Visits will be made to two very different states in India:  Kerala, Maharashtra and the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The state of Kerala in the southwest maintains a unique political dynamic with strong community involvement and emphasis on educational standards; it has extremely high literacy rates as well as diverse higher educational options including state, federal and private institutions. Mumbai is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India with a melting pot of individuals from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. This cosmopolitan city is the commercial, cultural and entertainment capital of India as well as home to huge slums and immense poverty. Delhi is the national capital and hosts many universities as well as the leading higher education research center.


Trivandrum, Mumbai, and Delhi, India

Program Dates:

Required class meetings in NYC: November 3, December 1, and February 16 from 4:30 - 6:30pm

Dates in India: January 6 - 20, 2018

Students may depart after closing meal on January 19

Application Deadlines:

The application period has closed. The program is full and is running a wait list. 

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students
  • Professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Education and Social Policy
  • Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for the Spring 2018 course listed below for 3 points:

  • HPSE-GE 2152 Section 095 (Class #20957) - Global Perspectives in Higher Education: India (3 Points)
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Draft 2018 Syllabus 

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology


Ann Marcus, EdD

Professor of Higher Education, Director of the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology

Teboho Moja, PhD

Clinical Professor of Higher Education, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology


2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2018.

Bursar’s payment deadline dates 

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing and Activity Fees: $1400

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's spring 2018 billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs. 

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Travel, Visa, and Other   Information:                                                                                        

Flight:  Students will be notified when to purchase flights. When notified, students will purchase a multi-city ticket, to arrive to Trivandrum and depart out of Delhi, India to coincide with program dates. Domestic travel during program dates is included in the housing and activity fees. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa US citizens require a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease Controle-Visa SystemLonely Planet Guide

Weather: The sites visited on this program are in distinct climates, ranging from cool to very warm.

Admitted Student Resources: click here