** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Language of Instruction:
Off Campus Apartment, On Campus
History & Description
Christ University was formerly Christ College (Autonomous) affiliated with Bangalore University. Established in July 1969, Christ College became the most preferred educational institution in the city of Bangalore within the first three decades. Christ College has been continually rated among the top 10 educational institutions of the country and it has the rare distinction to be the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education. Each year Christ University has been growing and growing, today's institution hosts 8,000 ungraduate and graduate students from every state in India and has become an international education center.
Bangalore (aka Bengaluru)--the Garden City of India--is the capital of Karnataka in southern India. Besides boasting the highest concentration of IT companies, it is also referred to as "The Silicon Valley of India" and its attractions are second to none. It has everything from gardens to palaces and temples. Major attractions include - the Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat, adorned with delicate Dravidian architecture; the famous Cubbon Park, and The Ulsoor Lake of Bangalore. Bangalore is also a major center of Indian classical music and dance. Classical music and dance recitals are widely held throughout the year and particularly during the Ramanavami and Ganesha Chaturthi festivals.
About The Program
Orientation and Airport Pick-Up
Christ University does not offer a specific Orientation session for incoming exchange students. According to past BW student participants however, there is always someone available from the International Student Office to answer any questions you may have.
An airport pick-up service is provided. Prior to your arrival you will be required to send your flight information to a Christ University representative who will then arrange your airport pick-up. The representative picking you up from the airport will have a sign with the Christ University logo on it.
More information regarding student orientation, airport pick-up, and other exchange student services will be shared with you in the acceptance packet that you receive from Christ University.
For about the first month you will be living in on-campus housing. The on-campus housing provides students with a single room with an attached bathroom. Although other international students stay there, the residents are mostly Indian. It is adequately furnished, however there are no kitchen facilities. During your stay in the on campus-housing, you need to be aware that there are Internet restrictions as well as a curfew in place. After the first month, a Christ University representative will assist you with acquiring housing off-campus. Most apartments will require a 6 month-1 year deposit (please see Money Matters section below). Also, if and when you move to off-campus housing, be sure you inform the International Office. They need to be able to vouch for your whereabouts.
In terms of Internet access in the on-campus housing and on-campus in general, you will need to go the IT department and give them your laptop/device so that they can register you for access. Even then, the campus network may block sites like facebook and some webmail. But, the university does have a student computer lab (USAC) in which the network is not blocked and many international students use this lab to keep in touch with contacts back home.
Food & Laundry
The university cafeteria has decent food for very reasonable prices and past students have said that there is never a shortage of food. If you crave the tastes of home however, you will want to eat in the Forum Mall Food Court. We do recommend that if you struggle with eating new food and different spices, you should bring Tums with you.
As for laundry, you will have access to a washer. However, be prepared for the possibility of not having access to laundry facilities like those of BW.
To get to the university in the morning from the off-campus location, you may need to take a bus or rickshaw as you could be an hour's walk away from the campus. The cost for this can be anywhere from RS.25-RS.50. Past students have recommended taking public transportation with locals to learn the customs and etiquette regarding that form of transport. The buses are very inexpensive, usually costing around RS. 5-12 depending on where you want to go. It is also recommended to ask for help with the bus routes, as they can be difficult to learn at first. If you are struggling with transportation issues, remember that you can always go to the International Office for assistance.
All students will receive a check from BW prior to their departure equivalent to BW room and board. This check is meant to be used for food and housing while abroad. As, mentioned above, you may need to put down a deposit for off campus housing. Previous students recommend having approximately $2,000 for spending money. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. One should expect to spend a considerable amount of money during the first two weeks buying food, toiletries, and even new clothes. For girls, the dress code for classes is traditional dress, so you will most likely need to buy clothing.
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phones, students recommend buying a cell phone abroad. You may be phone-less for the first week or so in India as your SIM card will need to be registered with the Christ University Internatioal Student Office. The cost of making calls to the US is about RS. 6.40/minute (about 15 cents/minute) while calling to Indian numbers is about RS. 1/minute. This will all depend on your phone company. It is recommended that you look into a text messaging plan, because in India texting is a very popular form of communication.
The Indian education system is different from BW; different, but completely navigable. You will register for classes on-site in India and you will have about a week to make your final decision. The course choices are limited for everyone because of the pre-selected mix of disciplines. The individual classes you take will depend on which semester level you study abroad (freshman, sophomore, etc). All classes are taught in British-style English and in terms of classwork/tests there is one midterm, two assignments, and a final. Classes are only lecture and discussion is not normally encouraged by either the faculty or students. However, if you need to discuss anything do not hesitate to ask the International Office staff or ask your fellow classmates. You will most likely not need to purchase books, because all of the textbooks recommended for your classes can be found in the library. We strongly suggest that you bring your own laptop for convenience as the computer lab does not have evening hours.
This university offers numerous associations and clubs such as the Cultural Forum, a music and dance club, an environmental "green army", an electronics club, a media studies association, a speech and debate club, and a literary club. There are also several sports facilities including basketball and volleyball courts and fields for soccer and cricket not to mention the annual cultural festivals that highlight the students' cultural heritage and the annual intercollegiate athletic competitions.
Christ University's Center for Social Action can assist international students with volunteer opportunities in local villages ranging from assisting with agricultural improvements to educating disadvantaged children in and around Bangalore.
Christ University does not offer health services. You can visit the Christ International Office as a reference for any medical assistance you may need.
Academic Calendar Students participating in this program can study abroad during the Fall Semester or Academic Year only. This is due to the academic calendar that Christ University follows.
Fall Semester - June to November Spring Semester - November to April
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above. If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director. See Explorations for more details.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive). Your student conduct record will be verified with the Residence Life Office during the BW application process.
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
The areas of study available to BW students are: Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Innovation & Entrepeneurship, Management, Mathematics, Organizational Leadership, Philosophy, Physics, and Sports Management.
In order to receive transfer credits for your classes abroad, you must receive a "C" grade or higher.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.