India (Fall Semester; Summer Option)

ACM India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization

Fall semester (early August to late November)

Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Enrollment: Maximum of 20 students

Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, & seniors.

Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)

The fall ACM India program, located in Pune, is designed to provide students with an overview of these many aspects of Indian culture and society today.   The program begins in mid-August, with a three-week orientation, in which students begin an "Introduction to India" core course, study Marathi language intensively, and draw up a plan of research for their independent study projects.  The regular term begins in early September, where students continue the core course and Marathi language, choose an elective course, and begin to carry out their independent study projects.   In each of the courses, classroom learning is augmented by weekly activities outside of the classroom, and students are also encouraged to volunteer with local organizations.  The program organizes several program-sponsored overnight excursions to sites in and around Pune, while a one-week break in October provides opportunities to travel further afield in India.

ACM India Summer Program: Service Learning & Language Immersion

Six weeks, typically in early June to mid-July, with an option for an additional two-week extension

Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Eligibility: Students from any college or university (including recent graduates)

Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)

The ACM India Summer Program: Service Learning & Cultural Immersion is one of two short-term summer opportunities open to current students and recent graduates.  This six-week program (with the option to extend to eight weeks) takes students to Pune, India, where they will be immersed in Indian culture.  A key component of the program is service learning work with a non-governmental organization (NGO) for the duration of the program.  There will be a variety of projects available, in both urban and rural settings, and students will be actively engaged in service learning throughout their time in India.