Discover India Program

Are you a student in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)?

If so, take part in an exciting opportunity to study at FLAME University, India.

Participate in the Discover India Program (DIP), offered by FLAME University in Pune, India, and earn York credits. York has partnered with FLAME University to develop exciting initiatives to benefit students of both universities. Situated 170 km south of Mumbai in the vibrant city of Pune, FLAME offers unique learning opportunities, a stimulating community of students and faculty and a beautiful, environmentally-friendly campus.

FLAME is a private, coeducational and fully residential university, located in Pune, south of Mumbai. FLAME University offers B.A., B.Sc. and BBA interdisciplinary undergraduate programs and currently offers 17 majors and 21 minors at the undergraduate level, and a two-year MBA and MBA (Communications Management) postgraduate program.

The Discover India Program (DIP) is an intensive research program, which enables undergraduate students to explore aspects of Indian society through field experience. You will develop a critical approach to the study of a foreign and diverse society as well as learn how to formulate projects and develop written and visual documentation. If approved by your program, you can also earn up to 6 additional credits by taking courses at FLAME during your stay.

York credits: The DIP will earn you 9 York credits. The program is conducted in English; credits and grades will be added directly to your transcript and can count toward your undergraduate degree at York. You can also explore additional courses you can take at FLAME in their different Schools such as the FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication, FLAME School of Entrepreneurship and FLAME School of Investing. There are courses from 20 different Majors you can take.

Duration: July  – December

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Semester-in-India Award available for up to $2, 000 per student. This scholarship will contribute to the cost of airfare, field trips and accommodation.

Eligibility for the award:  You must be a full-time student enrolled in an honors program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

You must have a minimum GPA of 7.5 and the permission of the undergraduate program director to register for the Program.

Funding is also available from York International under the York International Mobility Award (YIMA). Visit the YIMA page.

Cost to York student:

  • York tuition for 6 credits. If you take additional courses, you will pay tuition at York accordingly.
  • Local costs – It is safe to budget about $200 per month

Details of the Discover India Program

Students enrolled in the program are required to form a group of 10 to 12 members. They select a topic related to an aspect of Indian culture/society and identify the site for the project. Under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor from FLAME, they visit the chosen site to collect primary data and get a first-hand experience of the cultural aspects. The data collected is in form of interviews with community members, scholars and practitioners; stories; secondary sources; and audio-visual material. After the field trip, students analyze the data collected on field and write a 80-100 page report under the guidance of a Report Mentor. At the end of the Program, the groups present their findings and learnings in a 20-minute presentation to a panel of external jury; and present their project in an exhibition using various creative methods to compete for a trophy and other accolades such as Best Report, Best Presentation and Best Exhibition. Individually, each student writes assignments/tests and an essay, reflecting on their own experiential and academic learnings.

Grading scheme: 

Individual students are graded with the following scheme:

  • Pre-field Presentation: 10%
  • Photo Essay: 5%
  • Film: 5%
  • 2 Tests: 20% - Report Committee
  • Essay: 10%- Report Committee
  • Mentor: 30%
  • Group/Trophy grade: 20%

Grading for the trophy will use the following scheme:

  • Report: 35% (Report Committee)
  • Exhibition: 30% (External Jury)
  • Presentation: 35% (External Jury)

Learn more about the projects FLAME students participated in at DIP.

Benefits to students:

  • An international experience which allows full immersion into university life of another country
  • Opportunity to mingle with international students and faculty
  • Intensive, interdisciplinary research experience
  • A relatively low-cost study abroad option with substantial financial support from the Faculty

For further info, and how to apply please contact

Saba Rafiq, Manager, International Student Success & Engagement