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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Camille Deering Program Options: Academic Coursework
Areas of Study: Women's & Gender Studies Program Type: Faculty-Led
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
Gender inequality in education is a persistent problem in Indian society, especially for girls from rural areas and lower socioeconomic backgrounds. This course will focus on gender equality in India as it relates to global Sustainable Development Goal #4—ensuring inclusive and quality education for all by 2030.

The course will focus on gender equity in education in India as it relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). On September 25, 2015, world nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Goal #4—Quality Education—is designed to ensure inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. One of the targets for goal #4 is to:
“ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others: education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and an appreciation of cultural diversity and cultures contributions to sustainable development.”
During the past several decades, India has achieved success in moving toward universal school enrollment and in enacting policies to address educational inequalities such as those based on gender. However, education gaps still persist. During the last half of the twentieth century, India made great strides in improving its education infrastructure—an achievement representative of a post-war education expansion by newly independent states.

This class will briefly cover the colonial histories of India and the origins of its education system; then it will focus mostly on current attempts to achieve SDG goal #4 to address inequality, especially gender oppression, through and in education, and what this looks like in different community settings. Students will explore this through various readings and an ambitious community engaged learning project on solar power, which will allow them to learn about concepts of sustainable development, energy poverty, and technological justice as they intersect with gender inequality, education, social justice, and leadership.

Information Sessions:
The May 4th information session has been canceled. A recorded information session will be available at a later time. 

Application Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021. Includes $150 application fee. Students may apply for an application fee waiver based on financial need analysis. 
$500 Commitment Deposit Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021. 

Program Information
Course: WGS 350/HON 270: Gender Equity in Education: Leadership and International Community Engaged Learning in India
Liberal Learning: Gender; Global
Anticipated Travel Dates: January 2-17, 2022
Program Directors: Dr. Marla Jaksch & Dr. Deborah Hutton
Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students)
Program Fee: TBD. (Was $3,813.61 in 2020)

Program Fee Includes: 
$150 Application Fee
$500 Program Deposit Fee
1.0 Unit Course Tuition & Fees
Transportation in India
Site Visit and Activity Fees
International Health Insurance

Does Not Include:
Passport/Visa Fees
International  Airfare (arranged separately)
Transportation to/from US airport
Personal Items
Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)
COVID-19 testing (currently required for international travel)

Explore Scholarship Opportunities. We recommend CGE Education Abroad Scholarships and the Mary Roebling International Travel Award.  Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor in the Office of Student Financial Assistance.


  • Humanyun's Tomb
  • Jama Masjid
  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  • Chandani Chowk
  • Contemporary Indian Arts Foundation and Delhi Street Art Walking Tour
  • Mehrangarth Fort
  • Gulah Sagar lake, temples, & stepwells
  • Setwara:
  • Sambhali Women's Trust Solar Installation in Thar Desert Community
  • Brahma Temple
  • Amer Fort
  • Bagru Studio Textile Workshop
  • Jaipur Cooking Experience with market tours
  • Kite Festival
  • Abhaneri Stepwell
  • Taj Mahal
  • Sheroes Cafe for Acid Attack Survivors
  • SOS - Elephant Sanctuary

Please contact the Center for Global Engagement at
For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Marla Jaksch at or Dr. Deborah Hutton at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Final approval of the program is contingent upon Global Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management review. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Faculty-Led 2022 09/24/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.