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Buddhist Studies in India

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Sponsor: Antioch University (Antioch Education Abroad)

Location: Bodh Gaya, India


By living and learning in Bodh Gaya, a pilgrimage center to Buddhists and home to several thousand Hindus and Muslims, participants are able to see the practice of both ancient and modern Buddhist traditions while being taught by Western professors and Eastern monks and lecturers. A strict schedule of classes and meditation for the first nine weeks is followed by a three-week independent study period, making this both an academically and personally challenging - and rewarding - program.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall


Read Credit Enrollment requirements for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad. To understand the requirements of conducting an Independent Study abroad for credit, be sure to read Research Abroad.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an Antioch application by the program's deadline

Languages: English, Hindi, Tibetan


Lodging and vegetarian meals are provided at the guest house within the compound of the Burmese Vihar (monastery).

Program Costs: 

Fall 2015: $25,619

Billed by Northwestern: $23,342

  • Tuition: $12,544
  • Room & board: $6,238
  • London-Delhi-London airfare: $2,000
  • SAAF: $2,560

Estimated additional costs: $2,277

  • Airfare to London for orientation: $1,200
  • Meals in London: $100
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $500
  • Visa: $125
  • HTH: $152

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