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  • Locations: Bhubaneswar, India
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Environmental Sciences, Health Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability, Urban Studies Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program
SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

India: Hands-on Exploration of Indian Culture, Health, Sustainability, and Environment in Bhubaneswar 

Winter Break 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List, below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA 
Price: TBA

Winter Break 2018: Application Closed
Dates Abroad: January 2-15, 2018
Course Dates: January 2-February 1, 2018
Price: $2,483
NOTE: Information below is for 2018. Subject to change in 2019. Updates coming soon.


Spend two weeks understanding the effects of environmental pollution in developing countries by taking hands-on field measurements in India while immersing yourself into exotic India's sceneries, culture, and cuisine. You'll be exposed to a fast-growing Asian economy and its struggles addressing environmental sustainability. This winter program is hosted by Xavier University, Bhubaneswar. Program highlights include field trips to beautiful temples and other touristic attractions, as well as, yoga sessions, henna and pottery paintings, and native cultural programs.

This course will be divided into two components: a short orientation and laboratory training component at SDSU in the fall semester, followed by two weeks of international travel in India during the Winter Break. While in India, besides pollution measurements and field trips, students will learn about Indian culture, cuisine, and its environment in a fun and engaging manner.

Xavier University is a private, high quality, top-ranked, world-class professional business school located in Bhubaneswar, India. It is dedicated to research & teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence thanks to its internationally acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology-enabled learning environment, rich academic resources, and high intellectual capital base.


India is an exotic, traditional, and fast-growing economy. The program takes place in Bhubaneswar, a fast-growing coastal mega-polis in eastern India offering learning experiences and a wide range of tourist destinations. Bhubaneswar proudly displays its heritage through numerous splendid temples and grand monuments scattered in the city and balances the challenges of modernizing its infrastructure without compromising its beautiful natural settings. In fact, the city has is known for its smart-city growth policies and has emerged among the top 20 cities for smart city challenge.


All participants are required to register in ONE the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” courses.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GENS 450: Study Abroad: Sustainability in India (3 units SDSU resident credit; fulfills the GE, Explorations, Area C: Humanities graduation requirement)
  • PH 499: Special Study (3 units SDSU resident credit)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Students will stay in studio apartments at Xavier University in Bhubaneswar, India.  Three meals per day are included with the accommodation, including 4 1 L bottles of water per day.

  • Exposure to Indian life and culture in Asian megacities, including a visit to an Indian village in Odisha
  • Meetings with social and health workers affiliated with Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs)
  • Meetings with doctors and nurses in a local hospital
  • Tours of environmental research laboratories 
  • Group project to conduct a small air pollution sampling field study in Bhubaneswar followed by peer presentations of their findings 
  • Visits to local museums, a national park, and cultural dance performance
  • Tours of sanctuaries, magnificent sculptures, and majestic temples
  • Volunteer activity by partnering with a local non-profit
All cost for the excursions is included with the fee.


Dr. Zohir Chowdhury is an Associate Professor in Environmental Health at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is an air pollution expert with over 18 years of research in developing countries with a focus in Guatemala, China, India, Bangladesh, and Cameroon. At SDSU, he teaches courses in Environmental Health, Air Quality, and Climate Change, and has been sending his students to various countries around the world for research projects. He has traveled to over 40 countries and is fluent in four languages (English, Bangla, Spanish, and Italian).
 Dr. Elizabeth Abba holds a Ph.D. in Environment Management from National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai. She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research Scholarship during 2008-09 and spent 9-months at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University. Dr. Elizabeth has ten years of research experience at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Mumbai Zonal Laboratory, and more than 3 years of teaching and consultancy experience in the area of Environmental Science. Prior to joining Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, she taught courses in Environmental Science and Management to post graduate students at Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai. Since 2013, she has hosted SDSU undergraduate students in India every year. She is fluent in multiple Indian local languages and has a deep connection to Indian culture.


Payment Schedule:
   $700   deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES)
   $688   program payment due by November 6, paid to CES
$1,095   tuition due with course registration between Dec. 5-15, paid to CES
$2,483  Total Program Fee 2018

Included in the Program Fee:
  • 3 units of SDSU credit
  • Shared accommodations
  • 3 meals per day
  • 4 1 L bottles of water per student, per day
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Airport Pickup in Bhubaneswar (during pre-designated window only)
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Airfare to and from India
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Cost of recommended local clothing (information will be provided)
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Cost Refund:
The withdrawal is effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.
  • For this program, withdrawals before the application deadline of October 16, 2017 will receive 100% refund minus processing fees.
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between October 16, 2017 and November 1.
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after November 1, 2017.

Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • Open to all majors
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Winter Break 2019: 
Add your name to the Inquiry List below to receive updates about the Winter Break 2019 program.



  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs. 
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader, Dr. Zohir Chowdhury at  
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.