Offered through the Office of the Rector at Chaminade University
WHEN? May 14-June 11, 2012
The area in and around Bangalore, India
CUH Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors in good academic and judicial standing who plan to attend CUH for the 2012-2013 year.

Chaminade University will sponsor two students for an immersion program to Bangalore, India.  Chaminade students will travel with students from our sister school, the University of Dayton.  The University of Dayton has been taking students to India the past ten years, developing a strong and successful immersion program with the help of the Marianist brothers and priests in India.  This unique experience provides a distinct opportunity to understand a culture and a people facing problems uncommon to our own.  Students will be exposed to social services in India, to religion, to various landscapes and differences between urban and rural living.  They will also visit and work with the REDS Program [Ragpickers Educational Development Scheme], a program working with street children run by the Marianists.

As part of its educational mission, CUH is committed to helping students develop an appreciation and better understanding of other cultures.  CUH also seeks to develop in their students a commitment to use one’s education in service of others.  While rendering service in India, the student will reflect on his/her experience in this new economic, political, religious, and cultural environment.  Reflection is essential to the process of developing an understanding and appreciation of the Indian culture.

Costs–The cost to the student is $350, payable to the Rector by January 31.  The majority of the expenses for this experience are financed through the Marianist Sponsorship Ministries Foundation at Chaminade University. Students will be responsible for personal expenses in preparation for the trip (i.e. medical shots, malaria pills, passport, etc.). Students will need money for incidentals (i.e. snacks, film, souvenirs, etc.) and for other expenses outside the formal immersion program.

Pre-experience Orientation–Meetings to prepare for the immersion will occur throughout the spring semester.  An intense two-day orientation will be held prior to departure for India at the University of Dayton. Immersion participants are expected to take the RE 359 course, India, Crossroads of Religions in Spring term 2012 unless the student has taken the course previously. This course fulfills either the global awareness or upper religion requirement.

Post-experience Debriefing : Debriefing will take place through the RE 487 course, which may be taken for up to nine credits in the Fall term 2012.  This course may be used as an upper division elective. A 10-12 page paper that correlates the experience to scholarly study and personal growth. Upon successful completion of the debriefing program, $100 will be returned to the student from his/her initial payment.

Applications are available in the Rector’s Office [Clarence T.C. Ching Hall #217] and the Campus Ministry Office [Clarence T.C. Ching Hall #104].  The deadline for applications is Friday, November 18.  Two participants and an alternate will be announced by Friday, December 2.

CONTACT: Any questions can be directed to: Chaminade’s rector, Fr. George J. Cerniglia, S.M., in Clarence T.C. Ching Hall #217 or call 739-8339  or