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  • Locations: Bangalore, India
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
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Program Information:
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 Location Bangalore, India
Winter 2018
January 3 – March 9, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $5,450 (includes $350 CHID fee)
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors Anu Taranath
 Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline October 10, 2017 - Extended!
 Information  Session(s) Monday, May 22nd, 10AM, Padelford C101
  General Program to South India investigating issues of identity, community, gender and globalization.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

What is the relationship between textiles and technology, globalization and gabardine, or craftsmanship and class? The "Weaving Stories" program in South India seeks to answer such questions by focusing on Indian weavers who thread together creativity and artistry in sarees, carpets, clothing, and handicrafts, as well as the ways that weaving traditions are embedded in broader cultural, social, and global relationships.

We will look at the historical and contemporary significance of weaving from political statements made by Gandhi and his followers during the anti-colonial struggle for independence through the rallying cry of urban textile workers organizing for fair wages and safe working conditions. How did colonialism influence weaving? How do gender, sexuality, and class operate in these weaving spaces? What is the role of globalization in shaping this centuries-old craft into an export-driven apparel industry?

By visiting weaving centers throughout South India as well as hands-on experiences and engagement with films, readings, and local Indian experts and activists, we will explore the textiles of South India, the communities who weave, and the stories that accompany the history and culture of cloth.


Bangalore, India


Bangalore, Kanchipuram, Madurai, Thanjavur, Mysore


Students will be housed in a combination of university dorms, home stays, hostels and hotels. Program Director Anu Taranath has built relationships with some of these facilities over the past decade.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

We invite an eclectic range of interdisciplinary students to participate in this program from Engineering to Physics, Ethnic Studies to History. First year students to seniors welcome to apply. Ideally, students who apply for the "Weaving Stories" program to South India will be humble, flexible, curious, and able to adjust to environments and conditions that might not always resemble the US. A good traveling attitude and flexibility are a must. Priority to students in CHID, English and South Asian Studies.

Students of color, queer students, and/or first generation college students are especially encouraged and welcome to apply!

No formal prerequisites are required, but a willingness to think expansively about social and global issues is a super duper plus.

A fair amount of walking will be required on this program while we are in India. Unfortunately, with the large population and often broken pavements, most public spaces in India are not suitable for wheelchairs or other mobility assistive device.


15 Credits


CHID 390 / JSIS 485 or 392: Indian Expressions (5 Credits)

CHID 390 is a reading, discussion and writing course centered on general questions of knowledge and interpretation that emerge from the historical and comparative study of human people and their narratives. Since we will be living in South India during this time, we’ll have the opportunity to witness both the everyday lives of people, as well as some extraordinary moments if we’re lucky. From our vantage point, we will ask: How do different people narrative their lives? Is there a particularly “Indian” way to think, know, be, imagine and express life? How have scholars, writers, and filmmakers across the disciplines answered this question, especially as society rapidly and ceaseless globalizes and changes? To help us grapple with these grand issues, we will read books and essays, watch films, engage in site visits and explore the region with a modest but curious step. 

Learning Goals

  • To better understand how “India” and “Indian society” is put together, fractured, tenuous and sedimented all at once
  • To better understand how writers and filmmakers express this complex ethos through their texts or films
  • To better understand our own context in Seattle and the US by closely investigating another site in a comparative framework. 

Students will be assessed via writing assignments and creative projects.

ENGL 316 / JSIS A 316: Postcolonial Literatures & Cultural Studies (5 Credits)

This course focuses on major texts and writers from South Asia from a postcolonial and cultural studies framework. We will engage with the critical questions and debates in South Asian postcolonial literature, including issues of identity, globalization, language, and nationalism, all while living and traveling through South India.

In the classroom, we will look at a variety of texts – theoretical essays, memoirs, popular media, and literary texts that reveal and problematize a range of ways of remembering (and forgetting, for that matter) and its translation into commemorative practices, as well as study the analytical frameworks and questions for interrogating monuments and memorials as “texts”, “arenas” and “performances”. We will complement these readings and their discussions by hands-on explorations of relevant monuments, museums and other cultural and historical sites in Prague but mainly during our trips.

Learning Goals

  • To better understand how postcolonial literary theory can be applicable to real life situations
  • To better understand how South Asian cultural studies plays out in public life
  • To become better informed about the historical roots of contemporary Global North and Global South relations.

Students will be assessed via creative projects.

CHID 474 / JSIS 392: Asia Study Abroad (5 credits)

This course orients students to India with guest lectures and site visits around the region. We will focus on issues of space and place, and layer our learning of the region with site visits and discussions with local activists, scholars and residents.

Learning Goals
  • to better orient students to a new country and culture in a generous, critically engaged and holistic manner.

Students will be assessed via creative projects.

Program Directors & Staff

Anu Taranath, Faculty in CHID and English, Program Director

Dr. Anu Taranath is a speaker, facilitator, and educator. At UW she teaches about global literatures, identity, race and equity. She's a part of Humanities Washington Speaker Bureau, and received Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle" designation and the UW Distinguished Teaching Award. As a consultant, she engages with students, faculty, K-12 teachers, and government agency employees to deepen social justice, equity and global consciousness.

Program Expenses

Cost: $5,450 (includes $350 CHID fee)

Estimated Program Fee of $5,100, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $10/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), CHID fee ($350), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
CHID Fee $350 January 9, 2018
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 January 9, 2018
Program Fee Balance $5,100 January 9, 2018


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.