Study Programs

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development is currently involved and engaged in running several Study Abroad / Study Programs in India for both local/national and International colleges/universities.  These Study  Programs are mutually beneficial to both Indian and International students who learn in a cross-cultural environment. Students have a very rich cultural immersion program during their time in India besides learning and executing projects related to Gender, Poverty, Housing, Education,Environment, Sustainable Development and others.

GCSD is flexible and helps to facilitate and design study progams as per the need of various Indian and International Study Abroad Offices (Academic and Research Institutes). Students get to learn and discuss with some of the most distinguished professors from Bangalore and Universities abroad, in addition to those who impart technical know-how. Students get an opportunity to interact with social activists, journalists, artists and other professionals. Moreover, GCSD through all such programs is interested to connect the theory taught in school to the application used in the world.

1. WE BUILD - Summer Study Abroad Service Learning Program in Bangalore,India  in association with the University at Albany, USA

Annual Dates: 1st July - 5th August.

This five-week program is designed as a co-curricular service-learning model, as it connects the theory taught in the school to the application used in the world. Students/Volunteers get to travel and stay at Delhi, Agra, Bangalore, Rural Bangalore, Mysore, Cochin and Alleppey. It gives international exposure to students and engages them through a labor intensive experience by building houses for the poor communities in rural Bangalore. It is not merely building houses but a transformational process of building communities. The program introduces them to the Indian society and culture by focusing on the three areas - culture, peace and development. Overall the course covers themes such as Indian Culture, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development, Housing and Children’s rights to Education.

During the 5 week program, this Course engages students in Poverty Alleviation programs, a series of action-oriented projects with children and possibly with the tribal and rural communities. Other features include:

  • - Facilitate painting, singing and photography classes
  • - Teach and play cricket, soccer, volleyball, jump rope and other recreational games
  • - Cook and serve food to rural children
  • - Facilitate and participate in discussion forums at the Global Citizens Youth Assembly
  • - Teach English, Math and other subjects to the children

Course Program - Indian Culture, Development Issues and Experiential Learning (6 Credit Program)

MODULE 1: Indian Culture and Society (2 Credit / 32 hours) - Contemporary India - Political and Economical Challenges in India - Caste System in India - India's variety of Religions - CConversational Kanada (local language of Karnataka)

MODULE 2: Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives (2 Credit/ 32 hours) - Housing Reforms and Social Justice movements in India - Children’s Rights in India - Education as an antidote to Poverty - Gandhi and Sustainable Development in India

MODULE 3: Experiential Learning (2 Credit / 32 hours) - Build house/s for the poor - Teach Children - Facilitate workshops and discussions at the Global Citizens Youth Assembly 2014

Credits offered by University at Albany (USA) and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development.

All American students interested to enroll in this program for 6 academic credits through our partner, Univeristy at Albany (NY,USA), please CLICK here or contact UAlbany by email: for any further queries.

READ Newspaper articles on WE BUILD 2011 program:

The Times of India - Bangalore - August 11, 2011

The New Indian Express - Bangalore - August 8, 2011

WE BUILD is also a SUMMER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM for those students or volunteers not interested in academic credits but are looking for an opportunity to do something meaningful. Thus, the volunteers have an option of selecting for this program either for 2 or 4 weeks depending on their budget: For more details see this link: WE BUILD 2015

For further questions related to WE BUILD, send us an email at

Watch VIDEO of the WE BUILD program....


We Build 2011

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2. Field Study of Development Issues - Winter Session Study Abroad Program in association with the University at Albany, USA

Dates: Usually last week of December to third week of January.

Visiting India is a very powerful experience, filled with extraordinary sights, sounds, tastes and variety.  Tremendous economic dynamism is combined with great social inequalities, religious and cultural pluralism, and mass poverty.  Course participants during this program get to visit two of India's principal cities, several world famous historical sites, major religious sites of at least six world religions, a great variety of urban neighborhoods, and a couple of rural communities.  Emphasis is placed on the sensory experiences of visiting, observing and walking, and on documenting experiences through travel writing and photography.

The primary issues discussed during the course are:
Economic Development:  Factors underlying India's recent rapid development, and its social and environmental consequences;
Social Diversity:  The dynamics of India's religious, ethnic, linguistic and cultural pluralism, including gender, caste and social class relations.
Governance:  The success and limitations of Indian democracy and federalism.  The causes and consequences of partition, and challenges to the current system.
Urban Development:  The rapid growth of India's cities, their architecture, streetlife and urban design, and the challenge of generating infrastructure, jobs, housing and community services for a rapidly expanding population.
Heritage:  The significance of India's ancient cultures and civilizations, British colonial legacies, and the impact of India's long history on contemporary society and culture.

If you have any further queries about this program send an email to

3. Gender, Poverty and Development - Study Abroad Program in association with J.F. Oberlin University, Japan

Dates: Usually second and third week of February.

In partnership with J.F. Oberlin University, Japan, GCSD helps facilitate a two week two credit program focussed on the theme: Gender, Poverty and Development. This program is also a result of the Japan-India Forum that was launched in 2008 and thus provides platform for young students and professional to share, learn and understand each other cultures.


4. Solutions for Sustainabilty - Business Practicum / Social Entrepreneurship Program for National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dates: Flexible.

In partnership with Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philianthropy in National University of Singapore, GCSD helps Business students from NUS to carry out for their final year consulting Business Practicum in India. The students in the past have been guided and mentored by GCSD to work on the Migrant Workers Children's program in Bangalore. Usually, the students(group of 4-5) visit India twice for a period of 10 days during two semesters. The first visit lets them to do their research and propose a sustainable source of income. And the second visit if made again is more or less a wrap of their entire work of research, proposals and action to make a certain program sustainable. So far, GCSD has worked with two groups from NUS Business School who had taken their projects with Living Hope childrens Home and VEDIKE. For these Business Practicums which provide Sustainable Solutions, the students receive 4 credit at the end of their project through National University of Singapore.


(left)Students from NUS, (right) Executive Director of GCSD with staff at NUS and Alumni of NUS in Singapore


Please also read the Testimonial from the National University of Singapore