Fall Semester in India

Credit: Cass Colman

Fall Semester in India

Find your leadership style in the Himalaya

Leave behind the tourist traps and head to the remote corners of northwest India to learn about leadership and yourself. Hike deep into the Himalaya and visit places where animal-powered farming is a way of life. Drink spiced cups of chai and challenge yourself on long hikes. Hear the River Kali roar as you and your group learn about teamwork and whitewater rafting. Live with an Indian family and grow your cultural awareness with daily classes in ecology and history. Spending a semester in India means you’ll have more opportunities to grow and gain a deeper understanding of this place. You’ll spend most of your time camping, but don’t worry about starting as an expert—you and your group will learn everything you need to know as you go.

Your semester won’t only be about learning outdoor skills. You’ll also practice leadership every day. With your team, you’ll learn by doing—about communication, making decisions, and teamwork. You’ll dive deep into the aspects of your own leadership style. Take your chance to see this a part of the world from a personal perspective. Push your comfort zone. Get lost in the Himalaya and find your way out again. You’ll go home with experiences that will prepare you to be a leader for the rest of your life.



2018 Dates

Sept. 2 – Nov. 22, 2018

Tuition: $16,150
Details: Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Backpacking, Cultural, Rafting
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82 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Cultural Studies
  • 3 Risk Management
  • 4 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Wilderness Advanced First Aid


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New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India

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New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India

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Wilderness Medicine

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“India was a catalyst for growth. The outdoors challenged me in ways that a classroom never could, and I found empathy and acceptance among the students that I was travelling with... I found purpose in NOLS, and that drive led me to accomplishment. ”

— Henry F., NOLS Fall Semester in India grad

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