The Temple University in India summer program, based in the medieval town of Dhrangadhra in Gujarat, is intended to investigate Indian civilization through an anthropological study of its religious and artistic traditions, both ancient and contemporary. Upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students may apply.
The mode of study is highly experiential and combines workshops, field trips and short apprenticeships. Each student conducts an independent field research project, focusing on an area of particular interest. Study is supervised by Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala, associate professor of anthropology at Temple University, whose lectures supplement the curriculum. Local academics; performers of art, music, theater, painting and sculpture; and religious leaders also address and instruct the students.
As this is an experiential learning opportunity, students with technical skills such as video making and photography; studio skills such as painting, sculpture and jewelry making; or performance skills in dance, music, theater or yoga, are encouraged to apply.