Arizona in India: Religion and Culture in Karnataka

Arizona in India: Religion and Culture in Karnataka
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Juneearly JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

This program will run again in Summer 2020.  For program inquiries, please contact Dr. Caleb Simmons (faculty lead) at or Michelle Anderson (study abroad coordinator) at

Arizona in India will allow students to study and experience religious life and culture in India. Spend 2 weeks on the UA campus learning about the religious culture of India, followed by 3 weeks in India exploring multiple cities within Karnataka, India enriching understanding of contemporary Indian religious traditions through firsthand encounters.

For further information and a general overview of the course please click on this video of Arizona in India.


RELI 230: Religions and Cultures of India: An introduction to religions that originated in India - Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism - as well as other religious traditions that are part of Indian society (3 credits).

RELI 345: Religion and the Arts in India: Will examine the role of the visual, material, literary, and performance arts in the construction of religious knowledge in the religious traditions of India. The primary focus will be the historical development of the arts and aesthetic styles in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and Christianity in South Asia (3 credits).

Upper division credit in Religious Studies may be arranged at the discretion of the faculty director.


Dr. Caleb Simmons & Dr. Alison Jameson


Orientation will take place in Bangalore before the group travels to multiple cities within Karnataka.

Karnataka is a state in southern India known to be host to some of India’s largest and most powerful dynasties. A stunning introduction to southern India, Karnataka is a prosperous, compelling state loaded with a winning blend of urban cool, glittering palaces, national parks, ancient ruins, beaches, yoga centres and legendary hang-outs. It is a fine blend of old historical cities in ruins and modern cities with speed and hustle-bustle, hosting several cultural communities including the largest Tibetan settlement in southern India. Several places in the state are known for their delicious south-Indian cuisine.


Students will be housed in pre-selected hotels as the program takes students to multiple cities within Karnataka.

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