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Contemporary India

Pune, India

Pune, India

Program sponsor: Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)

City traffic in Pune, India
City traffic in Pune, India

The Contemporary India program introduces students to some of the most dynamic areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today, such as development economics, gender and media studies, social justice and public health. By providing a core academic base and allowing progressive specialization through electives, culminating in an internship, directed research project, or documentary film of the student's own choosing, the Alliance's Contemporary India program takes an interdisciplinary yet focused approach to these timely and provocative issues, both as they apply to India and in their global context.

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Program Requirements


3.0 GPA


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestay, likely in a shared room with another Alliance student. Breakfasts on weekdays are provided at the Alliance program center, and lunches are eaten out, and dinner is served in the homestay.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $23,655

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $19,700

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $720
  • Airfare: $1,400
  • Local transportation: $720
  • Personal expenses: $860
  • Visa: $255

Total: $3,955

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the IFSA website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IFSA-Butler programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IFSA-Butler program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IFSA to confirm your place on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

If paying your program deposit presents a significant financial hardship for your family, you may want to consider the IFSA UpFront Advance program to request a deferral of this charge. Contact IFSA-Butler directly with any questions.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your IFSA-Butler program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • IFSA-Butler Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after IFSA has confirmed the payment.
  • IFSA-Butler Scholarships: If you are awarded a scholarship from IFSA, the funds may disburse to your CAESAR account or be sent directly to you, depending on the type of scholarship. Contact IFSA directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other IFSA-Butler Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from IFSA-Butler for your program's tuition or housing.

If you book your flight through IFSA, it is your responsibility to pay IFSA directly. Your flight charge will not be billed to your CAESAR account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to IFSA.

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