Where in the World is Miami Wednesday: India

Sydney in front of the Taj Mahal
Sydney in front of the Taj Mahal

By Megan Schulte, student study abroad ambassador


Program Name: ISEP Direct at Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

Program Type: Third Party Program.

Topic of Studies: Anthropology.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it offered a variety of Anthropology courses, and South Asia is the region I want to specialize in later on in my career. India was the perfect place for me!

Ancient structure in IndiaCoolest place visited so far

I feel like I'm obligated to say the Taj Mahal, but honestly I’d say Hampi is the coolest. It’s a set of ruins in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The ruins span for miles, so you can walk out of your hotel room and bump into an old temple or bath house. If you explore the ruins away from the main temple complex, there are almost no people there, making it much more eerie and beautiful. The desert setting makes for a beautiful landscape, and if you take a rickshaw out a little ways, you can catch a glimpse into the more rural areas of India. Not to mention South India is distinctly different from the rest of India. The coolest thing I’ve done, though, was going to a music festival in Pune. My favorite act implemented parts of Indian films into their EDM songs, making it uniquely Indian and incredible to listen to.

Favorite part about the program

My favorite part about the program is the faculty. Their teaching methods and coursework have given me such a unique perspective on the world and India that I never would have gotten if I hadn’t studied here.

Sydney posingHow studying abroad has affected you so far

Studying abroad has made me a much stronger and more confident person. I’ve always wanted to travel, but there are always fears that come with traveling outside of your comfort zone. India has taught me to face my fears and also  to go with the flow, even when things get a little hectic. I’ve learned to be as adaptable as I can to new situations because traveling exposes you to different customs, food, and an altogether different way of life. Adaptability is one of the most important traits you can gain as an individual, whether it be with traveling, your career, or just life in general.

Catch us next week as we continue to travel around the world to feature the amazing opportunities that Miami students are taking!
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