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Language and Culture in India
Landour, India
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/15/2014 
03/17/2014 05/25/2014 07/04/2014
Students must depart the U.S. on 05/23/2014.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Housing Options: Hostel
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Justine Hamilton
 Language of Instruction:
English, Hindi
 Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.5 GPA Academic Discipline: Hindi
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: Yes
 Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Program Description:


Landour is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand and in Lower Western Himalaya.  It is situated in the Mussoorie Range, the second of the five parallel folds of the Himalaya, offers striking views of the Garhwal Himalaya. The twin towns of Mussoorie and Landour, together, are widely known as the "Queen of the Hills".  Landour is an idyllic town, dotted with old country homes, and lies at an altitude of 6,600 to 7800 ft. The altitude differential, aided by Landour being partly Tibet-facing, has a marked effect on the temperature with highs only reaching 85°F just before the rains begin in June, and warm clothing is recommended even in the summer. Summer is monsoon season, and Landour receives almost daily heavy rainfall during this time.

The town was established in the 1800’s as a convalescent depot for British troops is today the preferred getaway of artists, writers and nature lovers. The seclusion and verdant mountain scenery are perfect to spend some quiet time and commune with nature. The area has long winding roads that are lined on one side by majestic deodar and pine groves.  Once the group arrives in Landour, students should be able to walk anywhere they need to go.  However, students should be prepared for heavy amounts of hiking during excursions as well as the hilly walks within Landour they will face. The location is small and safe, and during free times, students can walk around Landour and Sister's Bazaar to find some pretty magnificent views, then enjoy endless cups of chai and a grilled cheese sandwich at chardukhan. The Landour Language School, where the group will be attending classes, is situated in the "Lal Tibba" area (meaning red mountain top) in Landour cantonment and the classes are held in the premises of the Kellogg Memorial Church, that was built in 1903.

Program Director

Dr. Geetanjali Tiwari was born in the heart of the Hindi belt of central India.  With her roots in India and as a native speaker of Hindi she also started the Hindi Program at KU.  The Hindi program has flourished and Dr. Tiwari is now the Coordinator of South Asian Studies Program which was also started with her initiatives.  Within the South Asian Studies Program she has introduced culture courses that include guest speakers from India as well as hands on Indian cooking classes.  She opened the student organization SPIC-MACAY at KU and has brought internationally renowned Indian artists to campus with very successful educational and intimate concerts.  She is enjoys singing and story telling and ran “Culture of India” at the Lawrence Public Library.  Dr. Tiwari has created other study abroad programs to India.  Her Environmental Studies program to south India is unique and gets much publicity.  She has a Masters in Wildlife Biology from the Wildlife institute of India, situated in the region that this study abroad program will be located.  Her PhD in Cultural Anthropology is from The Pennsylvania State University based on her research in the higher Himalayas near Tibet.

Academic Program

Indian women with cows

Primary language instruction will be provided by the Landour Language School. The school is under the administration of the North India Institute of Language Study Society, which is a non-profit cooperation organization established for the express purpose of teaching Hindi as a second language. The school has been in existence for over 100 years, and in this time it has taught over 20,000 students one or more North Indian Languages. The teachers are carefully selected and trained by a system of examinations and supervisor's reports. The present facilities and courses are based on these years of experience and time-tested methods.

Students enroll in 2-3 courses appropriate to their skill level for a total of 9-10 hours of credit awarded upon completion of the program. Students will receive a total of 140 contact hours of formal language instruction.  Outside of class, students are encouraged to use Hindi for all everyday purposes, including meals, excursions, etc.

Intermediate-level Track = 9 credits
HNDI 210 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi I
HNDI 220 (3 hrs) Intermediate Hindi II
HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature

Advanced-level Track = 9 credits
HNDI 310 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi I
HNDI 320 (3 hrs) Advanced Hindi II
HNDI 301 (3 hrs) Topics in Hindi Culture, Language and Literature

Beginner-level Track** = 10 credits
HNDI 110 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi I
HNDI 120 (5 hrs) Elementary Hindi Il
**This track is allowed only for students with special permission from the instructor.


Students stay in a small hotel in Landour within a short walking distance from the school.  Breakfasts, meals during excursions, and two group meals will be provided by the program.   Students will be responsible for all other meals on their own in the town and during travel days to and from the program site.


The program will provide at two weekend excursions.  Possible destinations include Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism with the Yamunotri Temple, and Gomukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates and is a primary source of the Ganges River.

All other weekends, students will have the opportunity to visit nearby villages and schools for language practice with different age groups and populations.


Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have completed two semesters of college-level Hindi or the equivalent.  Students may apply who have not taken any Hindi (beginning) previously, but must seek special permission from the KU faculty director and will be charged additional tuition. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Financial Aid

KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer programs.

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Since this Program meets all Department of Education requirements for intensive summer language programs, eligible graduate and undergraduate students may use FLAS Summer Fellowships.  KU students see for more info. 

Non-KU students should check with their home institutions.

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Unofficial Transcript or
Advising Report
        d. 1 Language Recommendation and 1 General Recommendation
        e. Authorization to Release Student Information
        f. Student Conduct Verification
        g. Financial Aid Questionnaire

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.

For more information, contact

Dr. Geetanjali Tiwari 
Center for Global & International Studies
The University of Kansas
211 Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

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Laura Kathryn Florick, Summer 2012 Participant
Being able to go into the mountains and spend time with the tribal/village communities--it was something very rare and special, and I felt very humbled to be with them.
Laura Kathryn Florick, Summer 2012 Participant
The cultural experiences, absolutely--I learned so much by being able to compare my own life here to life in India. Living with various host families and in the ashrams was a real eye opener.
Summer 2012 Participant
Staying with host families; it was an amazing way to really connect with the local people.
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