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South Asia field study semester in India spring 2013 (apply Mar 2012), of particular interest to MURP students, but open to all areas

Ball State University is offering its next South Asia field study semester, CapAsia VII, in Spring 2013.

CapAsia is an interdisciplinary field-semester with national and international reputation. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to experience the socially, culturally, and historically different South Asia, and to develop a critical understanding of the participants' own cultures and environments. The participants immerse in South Asian cultures and learn by doing collaborative projects with leading universities in the region. In addition to South Asian cultures and why they build the way they do, they will also learn about your own environments and culture, and a bit of the future of the world that is in the making.

The program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students of any major with an interest in social and cultural aspects of urban, built, and natural environments.

We will spend 11 weeks in south Asia and the program consists of two main projects and two stop-overs. The participants will conduct the 7-week "Planning to Learn" project in Bhubaneswar which was planned, designed and built immediately after independence of India. They will study the impact of planning and design and explore new possibilities (with the people). The 3-week "Building to Learn" component is expected to be in Bhutan where the group will explore the function of the happiness index as a measure of development. We will stopover in two cities: Kolkata, Manila, and/or Yangon. For information on the last CapAsia, visit:: http://www.capasia.net

The tentative program fee is $6,400. This will cover all long-distance travel and lodging costs and the cost of living in South Asia is very minimal. In addition, the participants will have to pay tuition at the off-campus rate (almost equivalent to in-state tuition). Financial help maybe available.

you are interested in this program, write to: capasia@gmail.com or nperera(at)bsu.edu

Application processing will begin on March 5, 2012.

Nihal Perera, PhD, Professor of Urban Planning :: Director CapAsia
Ball State University :: Muncie, IN :: USA
:: CapAsia: http://www.capasia.net

Carissa Schively Slotterback, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor and Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
130 HHH Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-0640, cschively(at)umn.edu

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