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Discover India Program

Immerse yourself in university life abroad. As a LA&PS student, you have the exciting opportunity to study – and earn York credits – at a private co-ed university in India.

The Discover India Program is a partnership between York and FLAME University in the vibrant city of Pune, India, which is 170 kilometres south of Mumbai. The school offers unique learning opportunities, a stimulating community of students and faculty, and a strikingly designed modern, eco-friendly campus with water harvesting, water recycling and solid waste management systems.

You’ll focus on exploring, understanding and experiencing the rich culture and heritage of India. Meanwhile, the research segment of the program will teach you how to critically study a foreign and diverse society, formulate projects, and develop written and visual documentation.

What are the Benefits?

You will get:

  • An international experience that allows full immersion into university life in another country
  • Opportunities to meet and network with international students and faculty
  • An intensive, interdisciplinary research experience
  • A relatively low-cost study abroad option with substantial financial support from the Faculty

About the Discover India Program

The Experience

Students in the program form a group of 10 to 12 members. The group selects a topic related to an aspect of Indian culture or society, and identifies a site for the project. Under the guidance of a FLAME faculty mentor, you visit the site to collect primary data – interviews with community members, scholars and practitioners; stories; secondary sources; and audio-visual material – and get a first-hand experience of the cultural aspects.

After the field trip, your group analyzes the data and writes an 80- to 100-page report under the guidance of a report mentor. At the end of the program, groups present their findings and learnings to an external jury, and present their project in an exhibition using various creative methods to compete for a trophy and other accolades. Individually, you will write assignments, tests and an essay reflecting on your own learnings.

Learn more about the projects FLAME students have participated in through the program.


Minimum GPA of 7.5 and the permission of the undergraduate program director to register.

Program Options

FLAME University offers BA, BSc and BBA interdisciplinary undergraduate programs; 17 majors and 21 minors at the undergraduate level; and a two-year MBA and MBA (Communications Management) postgraduate program. The program is conducted in English.

Academic Credits

You will earn nine York credits, which will be added directly to your transcript (along with your grades) and can count toward your York undergraduate degree. You can also take additional courses at FLAME in their various schools.


The program runs July through December.


The program cost is equivalent to York tuition for six credits. If you take additional courses, you will pay tuition at York accordingly. After airfare and accommodation, we recommend budgeting about $200 per month for living expenses in India.


The Semester-in-India Award is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in an honours program in LA&PS. It provides up to $2,000 per student to help cover airfare, field trips and accommodation.

Funding is also available through the York International Mobility Award (YIMA). Get details on the YIMA page.


For details and to apply, contact Saba Rafiq, manager of International Student Success & Engagement, at