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Social Work in India with Focus On Health and Mental Health

Program Highlights


Summer 2015: June 24-July 21, 2015


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Madras School of Social Work

Academic Credit

Social Work

Application Deadline

February 1, 2015
Term: 1154
Code: IND SW


2.7 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students;
3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students
Academic recommendation is required

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $2,440 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Jenny Bickley (.9)

Resident Directors

Shantha Balaswamy
Social Work


O-H-I-O at Taj Mahal in India
This Ohio State study abroad program in India is designed to introduce students in social work majors and other related human service field to social, health and economic practices in context to a developing country. This program will introduce students to the history, culture and society of India. It will also cover contents related to health and mental health programs in India. The three-week program will be taught in English by faculty members affiliated to the Madras Universities and Karnataka Universities.

The program includes field trips to sites of historical and cultural importance and to local social, health and mental health agencies. These and other excursions are an integral part of the program and are required of all participants. View an overview presentation for more details about the program.


The program will be held in two locations in Southern states in India: Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Bangalore, Karnataka. Situated along the Bay of Bengal, the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) is India's fourth largest most populous city in India and is considered as the major educational and cultural center in the south. Boasting a beautiful palm tree-lined coastline, stunning Victorian era buildings, and a rich cultural life with distinctive traditions of art and cuisine, Chennai is also the gateway to the Dravidian temple towns of South India. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India's third most populous city. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India. It is considered as the "silicon valley" of India, with many modern amenities and culturally rich heritage in music, arts and science. Newcomers to Chennai and Bangalore are impressed with the friendliness of their south Indian hosts. Both the cities are well connected by air and an efficient rail system to other important business and cultural areas in India.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Social Work 5798.01 for summer term 2015. Lectures will be provided by the faculty of the host institution and other local experts. Professor Shantha Balaswamy from the Ohio State College of Social Work will accompany the group and serve as its resident and academic director.


Student accommodations in Chennai are modest shared rooms with hot water, western toilets and air-conditioning. In Bangalore, students stay in a dormitory with modest accommodations, western toilets and air-conditioned shared rooms.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,440 program fee. The program fee includes lodging, some meals, local transportation, activities and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, some meals, or personal expenses.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.

Academic recommendation is required.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline. Students within the College of Social Work are encouraged to apply for the Social Work Study Abroad Scholarship.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Social Work in The Context of a Developing Country: go.osu.edu/IndiaSocialWork

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.