MUWCI Summer Programmes: A Mini UWC Experience in India

UWC Mahindra College’s Summer Programmes are a wonderful way to experience UWC and grapple with challenging issues that are deeply relevant to socially conscious and intellectually curious youth. These programmes are between 1 to 3 weeks in duration and are conducted during the months of June and July at the UWC Mahindra College campus in rural Maharashtra. It is possible to do all programmes back-to-back over 6 weeks for a truly immersive UWC experience. What we've done is we've taken the best aspects of a UWC - community living with peers from all over the world, experiential education with a strong focus on real-world issues, engagement with causes we're passionate about, & excellent teachers, facilitators and partner organizations - and then put them into an intensive, exciting series of socially relevant learning experiences!

All programmes are based at the UWC Mahindra College campus and include field trips in the local Mulshi Valley & Pune, or travel further afield within Maharashtra, and to Central & North India. For 2018, our international diversity included students from Argentina, Colombia, USA, Korea and many more countries! Learn more about the 2019 programme offerings below. 

Note: Scholarship support is available. IB CAS Credit is applicable. 

YES: Youth Environment & Sustainability

1 June - 9 June, 2019

A 1-week programme focused on environment and conservation issues in India. We will work with environment & sustainability NGOs with multiple field trips and hands-on project work that encourage us to engage with complex questions of development and conflict, globalization and consumerism, culture and technology, all of which are woven through the fabric of human development and the environment. We will lay foundational knowledge, experience, skills and inspiration to explore the challenges around sustainability areas like solid waste management, water resource management, renewable energy, agriculture & forestry and human habitats. Through an exploration of these sectors from multiple perspectives, you will leave the program equipped to make informed and sustainable choices as well as lead projects of change within your communities!

Programme Fee ₹ 34000 / $ 540 

(Early Registration Fee for Indian Students: ₹ 29000. Before 15th April, 2019)  
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TGIF: Theater, Gender, Identity, Film!

9 June - 22 June, 2019

TGIF: Theater, Gender, Identity, Film is MUWCI's most creative summer programme offering that allows you to learn techniques of film and theater as you explore, recreate and express constructs of gender in today's society. Through methodologies that resonate ‘a complete UWC experience’, the programme will immerse participants in an engaging exploration of the concept of 'gender' through an extensive and comprehensive global perspective. The program encourages students to use the mediums of Film and Theatre to convey their ideas and voice their opinions.

Programme Fee ₹ 130000 / $ 2000 

(Early Registration Fee for Indian Students: ₹ 100000. Before 15th April, 2019)
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Encounter India

22 June - 14 July, 2019

*includes travel to Orchha, Khajuraho, Mahoba, Dharamshala and New Delhi

A 3-week programme which focuses on the complexities of development in India through various social, cultural, political, religious and economic perspectives. The programme is rich with opportunity to experience surrounding rural Maharashtrian communities in ways you have not been able to before! You will have first time experiences like planting paddy with farmers in the beautiful monsoon, to understanding and experiencing religious & communal traditions around sacred groves dating back to Maratha times, to being welcomed into the simple homes of rural families for overnight stays. The second half of the programme includes travel to different parts of rural and urban India where you will be sure to experience and learn about your country in unexpected and transformative ways. 

Programme Fee ₹ 193000 / $ 3600 

(Early Registration Fee for Indian Students: ₹ 168000. Before 15th April, 2019)

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Religion in India

Programme Not Offered in 2019

A 2-week programme which looks at how religion and religious identity in India interweaves into its society, history, caste and politics. Unlike other theological or spiritual courses, this programme actually tries to get participants to think about how religion shapes almost every aspect of our societies. Some of the questions we'll explore are: Why does the caste system persist despite globalization and the modernization of 21st century India? In what ways has religion confronted social injustice? How has religion affected the status of women in India? What is the connection between communalism and religion? What does ‘secularism’ mean in India? In what ways is religion in India a divisive force and also a binding force? How can a country encourage ‘scientific temper’ and yet be deeply spiritual? Through questions like these, the course aims at building our self-awareness and acquiring ideas and tools for examining our own societies with reference to religious experiences and fundamentalisms, secularism, political and economic implications, divisiveness, war and peace. Along the way we will also get to experience a variety of religion traditions first hand through visits to places of worship and illuminating conversations with religious scholars and practitioners. 

Programme Fee ₹ 100000 / $ 2000 

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To apply for one or more programmes please fill out our online application form.

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Just like the 2-year UWC programme, we have scholarships available for students who attend our summer programmes. We have many students requesting scholarships so you are encouraged to apply soon! Please note that you must complete an application to the summer programmes before applying for scholarship support.

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CAS Credit

For students studying in International Baccalaureate schools, it is possible to use participation in these programmes towards CAS credit. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.