Fall Semester in India

Fall Semester in India


  • Most extensive opportunities to interact with the local culture and people of any NOLS course
  • Travel on historic trade routes, passing through small villages
  • Whitewater rafting expedition on the Kali river, which forms the border between India and Nepal
  • Opportunities to develop your basic Hindi skills
  • Ten-day home stay with daily classes taught on subjects such as Indian cooking, the local flora and fauna, and traditions of India
  • Five-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid taught by WMI senior staff
  • Group travel from New York, NY, to Delhi, India (airfare not included in tuition)
Touch down in the ancient and mystical world of the Himalaya and prepare for a semester packed with unparalleled language and cultural opportunities in one of the most breathtaking backcountry classrooms in the world.

The Himalaya, or Abode of Snow, swing in a wide arc across four countries and are home to both Everest and K2. Your Semester in India begins in Newark, New Jersey where a NOLS staff member will meet you and after introductions and an orientation, you will fly together to New Delhi. On arrival you will travel overnight in a NOLS chartered bus through the plains of northern India to the NOLS base in the idyllic mountain town of Ranikhet, Uttarakhand at 6,500 feet in the foothills of the Himalaya.

From here, you will travel through the valleys of the Kumaon and Garhwal regions where the thick conifer and broad-leaf trees of the lower altitudes turn to evergreens, rhododendron, and juniper forests in the high ridges and shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers in the alpine zone.


Location NOLS India
Tuition $15,825 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 18
Duration 82 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India
Fly in/out New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 3 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Management
  • 3 Hours Cultural Studies
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“I have learned that the way one maintains oneself in the wilderness determines the success of the expedition. This holds true for life in society as well. ”

-Taylor C.

Semester in India Grad