Global Programs

Global Perspectives in Higher Education: India

Location: New York City, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, India

Dates in New York: November 8, 2013, December 6, 2013, and February 7, 2014

Dates in India: January 11 - 24, 2014 (ADMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2014)

This study abroad program in India is designed to provide graduate students with an opportunity to examine India's higher education system and to analyze similarities and differences in comparison to higher education in the United States and other countries.  Through visits to universities and public and private colleges, we will engage in discussions with directors, faculty members, deans of students and their staffs and students themselves.  Special lectures will help us understand the goals and future aspirations of Indian higher education and how higher education meets the social, political, and cultural needs of society.

In addition to meeting on campus in New York, students will participate in a two-week travel program in India that will provide an in-depth case study of its higher education system. The course includes lectures and visits to Indian colleges and universities to meet with faculty, administrators, and students. Visits will be made to two very different states in India, Maharashtra and Kerala.  Topics will include: curricular opportunities; college admissions requirements; distribution of students by class and ethnicity; college climate and the student services offered.

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. The state of Kerala in the southwest maintains a unique political dynamic with strong community involvement and emphasis on educational standards with extremely high literacy rates as well as diverse higher educational options including state, federal and private institutions.


HPSE-GE 2152 Section 095 (Class number 15952) - Global Perspectives in Higher Education (3 Points)

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology


2013 Course Syllabus



Ann Marcus, Ed.D., Professor of Higher Education, Director of The Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology

Teboho Moja, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Higher Education, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology


You will travel with the group and stay in shared accommodations in Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees.  This course counts toward your Spring 2014 courseload and tuition.

2014 Housing: $700

2014 Activity Fees: $700

International Airfare is not included.  Students must purchase their own tickets.  Recommended Airfare Search Engines: Vayama, Kayak, Bing

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in Mumbai depart New York a day or two in advance.  Students should plan to depart Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, January 24th.  Please note that arrival and departure cities are different and students should book their own flights accordingly.  Group travel from Mumbia to Thiruvananthapuram will be prearranged and covered by housing/activity fees.  

Passport: Valid passport required for US citizens. Please note that your passport must have at least six months validation beyond the day of the intended entry into the country of travel.  All other passport holders should check with their respective travel requirements.

Visa: U.S. 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.

Health: Participants should take antimalarials and bring along diarrhea medicine. Vaccines against hepatitis A, typhoid, adult polio booster are recommended but not required. Tetanus vaccine should be up to date.  Make a visit at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it. Visit the NYU Student Health Center for more information.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control, India Visa Center, Lonely Planet Guide


In January, the average high is 69°F and the average low is 45°F.

Helpful links: BBC Weather

For More Information

Program Content: Loni Bordoloi Pazich, Program Associate, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, East Building, Suite 300, 239 Greene St. New York, NY 10003-6674;  

Academic Content:  Dr. Ann Marcus, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology, East Building, Suite 300, 239 Greene St., New York, NY 10003-6674; (212) 998-5005;

Academic Content:  Dr. Teboho Moja, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology, East Building, Suite 300, 239 Greene St., New York, NY 10003-6674; (212) 998-5589;

Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and HumanDevelopment, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6680; (212) 992-9380;