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Passage to India

Upcoming program offers culture, service

By Zack Goodall
On September 16, 2013

The international studies program at Kirkwood Community College will be offering a service program to Delhi, India, which will depart on Dec. 27 and return Jan. 18.

Students in the program will stay in student housing at the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple School in Faridabad, India. Once there, students will have a chance to design and implement their own service project and visit different cultural sites in the region, such as the Taj Mahal and Ranthamborne National Park.

Alissa King, assistant professor of Social Sciences, will be a lead faculty member on the journey. King said, "I am setting out to expose students to a culture different than their own."

King stated she hopes this will not be the last time this opportunity presents itself. She also said she hopes that Kirkwood can continue to offer similar programs at regular intervals.

The program will cost approximately $3,900 with a $1,000 scholarship available to qualified students. Qualifications include a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, two faculty recommendations, a personal essay and applicants must be full-time students of Kirkwood. King said, "The program would be great for anybody."

Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad advisor, said that some of the major benefits of completing a study abroad program are getting to travel with other students, earning college credit, building a resume and experiencing another culture.

Fourteen short term programs will be offered at Kirkwood this year, with destinations such as Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Singapore.

Students can also participate in semester long programs to Australia, Brazil, Canada and Singapore.

Interested students can apply online at or visit the International Programs office in 1154 Linn Hall.

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