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Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes at Swedish universities
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Guide for South Asian students to studies at Swedish universities
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Funding agencies
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Linnaeus Palme exchange programme
Scholarships for South Asian studies /NIAS SUPRA programme
South Asian Students associations in Sweden
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Links to Universities and Colleges in South Asia

South Asian students’ Guide to studies at Swedish universities

Courses and programmes
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Other useful information

Practical information and links offered by Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education).

International website funded by the Department for Education and Skills, UK, and managed by the British Council, enabling those involved in education across the world to engage in creative partnerships. Provides quick access to comprehensive information on how to develop an international dimension to education.


Sweden in Touch

New network for international students, scholars and professionals who are in Sweden or have been to Sweden.The aim of the network is to bring together the large group of international students and professionals and help them to stay updated and in touch with Sweden. SwedenInTouch.se is a part of the official gateway to Sweden and is administrated by the Swedish Institute. It went live in July 2008.

Useful information on studies and research in Sweden, including a search function for all Masters courses run at Swedish universities.

Advanced search function to all academic courses at Swedish universities, run by the National Agency for Higher Education – Högskoleverket. Only in Swedish.

Information on the programme and previosly South Asia related granted projects

Applications for the Linnaeus Palme exchange programme for the period 1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012 should be delivered to the International Office or equivalent authority at the local Swedish university not later than 1 December, 2010. Decisions will be taken by the International Programme Office for Education and Training during the spring 2011. More information. new

Non-governmental organisation with 30 member organisations, running the exchange programmes Sweden World Youth (SWY) and Youth Partners in Development (YPD), carried out in cooperation with organisations in Cambodia, Costa Rica, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Aims at young persons that want to live and work close together with young persons from other cultures.

Courses on South Asia in Sweden

University of Gothenburg , and Chalmers University of Technology

India courseDuring the spring 2011, the Dept. of History and Anthropology of Religion (including Judaism and Indic Religions) at Lund University, and the Dept. of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at Gothenburg University. jointly organises 15 ECTS field course in Religious Studies, including five weeks of field work in India. During the first subcourse (5 credits) devoted to methodological questions, located in Sweden, a plan for the field work is made. The course is divided into two parts: firstly the students explore different methods and theories of conducting fieldwork in Religious studies and prepare minor research projects. Secondly the students carry out their projects in the field and write research reports. The field work can be conducted anywhere, but the two departments at Lund University and Gothenburg University provide supervision for those who travel to India. Students can attend the course at either of the two universities.
Full information in the course folder (only in Swedish)
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Contact persons in Gothenburg:
Daniel Andersson, Clemens Cavallin, and Åke Sander


CEAS (Centre for Asian Studies) at the School for Global Studies runs a programme on basic and intermediate level (1–20 credits and 21–40 credits) in Asian studies, which includes teaching on South Asia.
Contact person: Study counsellor Sylva Frisk

India Today During a number of years, CEAS has arranged a 10 credits special course called ”South Asia today”, involving a large number of the South Asia specialists at Gothenburg University, including Björn Hettne, Camilla Orjuela, Gunilla Blomquist, Bent Jörgensen, Monica Erwér and Jan Johansson.
Contact person: Jan Johansson

The Dept. of Peace and Development Research, PADRIGU, every year runs a programme on Development and International Co-operation Studies (formerly called U-landskunskap), up to 100 credits – E level (including field work in India. Information on the courses.
PADRIGU every year also runs a programme on International Relations, up to 100 credits level. More information on the programme.
Since 2004 PADRIGU offers a 20 credits Basic Course in Peacework, with some emphasis on South Asia. More information.
Contact person: Stellan Vinthagen

Museion Museion, a Gothenburg University program co-operating with several University departments and the Museum of World Culture (Världskulturmuseet), offers a Masters programme in International Museum Studies, and several South Asia related undergraduate courses focusing on Globalization; Power and Marginalization; and Knowledge and Communication. Some of them are South Asia related. 
More information about Museion’s South Asia related educational programmes.

Under the theme ”Knowledge and Communication, the following South Asia related courses were run during the Fall 2008.
A 15 credits course on China and India: Visualisations of Nations (Kina och Indien: visualiseringar av nationer). Contact person: Dr. Eva Rosén Hockersmith.
Under the theme ”Power and Marginalization, the following South Asia related course was run during the Fall 2008.
A 15 credits course on The Challenges of Buddhism: Power, Morality and Resistance in a Global Perspective (Buddhismens utmaningar: makt, moral och motstånd i ett globalt perspektiv). Contact person: Dr. Per Lundberg, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. More information about the course.
Under the theme ”Globalisation, the following South Asia related courses were run during the Fall 2008.
A 15 credits course on Religion and Politics: Meetings in the Global Room (Religion och Politik: Möten i det globala rummet). Contact person: Jan Johansson from the Dept of Social Anthropology, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. More information about the course.
A 15 credits course on The Global City (Den globala staden). Contact person: Dr. Marie Thynell from the Dept. of Peace and Development Studies (PADRIGU), School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. More information about the course.
A 15 credits course on Global Gender Studies (Globala Genusstudier). Contact person: Dr. Gunilla Blomqvist from the Dept. of Peace and Development Studies (PADRIGU), School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University.
More information about the course.

During the Spring 2009, Museion also offered another South Asia related course under the theme ”Power and Marginalisation”.
A 15 credits course on Power, Resistance and Change 1 (Makt, motstånd och förändring I). Contact person: Dr. Stellan Vinthagen, from the Dept. of Peace and Development Studies (PADRIGU), School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University.
More information about the course

Geijerskolan, Ransäter

Hållands Folkhögskola

GeijerskolanFolk high school in Värmland, with a long tradition of collaboration with Karlstad University. Organises every year a one-year course entitled ”Filosofi och Världsbild”, focusing on western philosophy and history of ideas as well as Indian history and some of its religions. Besides that the course offers a five week travel to northern India were the students get the opportunity to meet lecturers on Indian philosophy e g Buddhism, Saivism and Advaita. It also includes studies on the political history of India and gender studies, and visits to important historical sites as Agra, Delhi and Varanasi. More information. new
Contact person: Lina Bernäng

This Christian folk high school in Åre, Jämtland, organises a one year Development studies course (”U-landslinjen”) every year, starting in August. The course includes a two months stay in either India or Tanzania during the Spring semester. The subjects taught include Missionary research, Hindi (or Swahili), Development studies, and Cultural understanding. The next programme will run from 28 August 2011 till 30 May 2012. Deadline for applications is 30 April 2011. More information. new
Contact person: Hans Bolin

Karlstad University

Varanasi Every year, Karlstad University in collaboration with the Banaras Hindu University(BHU) in Varanasi, India, offers students at the C/D-level courses in History of Religions, Cultural Geography, and History at Karlstad University, the opportunity to spend one full semester in Varanasi.
The India Program, equal to 30 or 45 ECTS credits, begins with a 7.5 points preparatory course (conducted in Karlstad during the summer), a course that includes research methodology. After arrival in Varanasi, a 7.5 points seminar series on the ”Multi-Cultural Aspects of Banaras” follows, and finally 15 points consisting of an Individual Study Project. Qualified academic advisors, often affiliated with BHU, serves as local experts for the students, and the final result of the “Individual Study Project” is a C/D level essay.
In a formal agreement with the Dept. of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University, it is also possible to conduct Hindi studies equal to 15 ECTS, simultaneously with studies in History of Religion or History. The Hindi language training is given by Dr. Virendra Singh.
Voluntary studies can also be organized for language studies in Sanskrit or Urdu, and cultural activities such as Indian music and instruments, Yoga, Dance, Painting, etc.
The Ganga Mahal office is manned by Shri Om Prakash Sharma, the Ganga Mahal local coordinator, who has year's of experience in assisting western students and researchers.
The students are accommodated at Ganga Mahal, the Swedish Study Centre leased by Karlstad University in a ”palace” on the bank of the Ganges River since 1995. Applicants must be qualified for admission to the C/D levels of History of Religion or Cultural Geography at Karlstad University.
Deadline for applications for the 2011 program is Monday 4 April. A first information meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 15:00 - 18:00 in the University of Karlstad, room 3B 512.
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Contact persons: Per Olof Fjällsby, Dept. of History, and Marc Katz, Associate Professor of History of Religions.

– Karlstad University has a long tradition of sending students, mainly teachers training students but also others, for field studies in South Asia. More information on the South Asian studies at Karlstad University.

– Read also Lars Eklund’s March 2002 report from the Swedish study centre Ganga Mahal in Varanasi.


Nangarhar courseThe Department of Educational Work, Organisation and Society, at the Faculty of Arts and Education, Karlstad University, coordinates an international educational project, the Masters Programme in Educational Research and Development (MAP) at Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan since 2008.
It is an institutional cooperation project between the universities of Karlstad, Sweden; Tampere, Finland; Bochum, Germany; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Nangarhar University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is an associate partner in the project. The project is funded since 2007 by an Asia Link Programme grant from the European Commission, and as the project name implies, the goal is to provide a high-quality Masters Programme in Educational Research and Development at the Nangarhar University in Afghanistan. More information.
Contact person: Dr. Pia Karlsson

The programme is now approaching a successful end. Ten students had already achieved a Master Degree of 60 ECTS (magisterexamen) and an additional group of eleven students came to Karlstad University to defend their second theses during the period 12–14 October 2010 (photo of the group above). Their topics ranged from girls’ mathematics achievements to the views of Afghan teachers on issues such as girls’ education and corporal punishment in schools as well the emergence of private education in Afghanistan and community based education. All the students passed the defence. More information on the MAP programme website.new

Karolinska Institutet

Midwife programme The Division of Reproductive and Perinatal Health Care hosts an Advanced International Training Programme on ”Strengthening Midwifery Competence in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Services” (funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida), to be held in two parts, first in the October 2009 and then continued in August–September 2010. The programme is designed for professional midwives in Asia who have a basic education equivalent to WHO/ICM/FIGO defined required competence. The participants should hold positions that have an influence on ongoing issues related to SRHR. A team of three participants (representing clinical work, education and policy) from each country will be preferred. Applicants should have a planned or an ongoing SRHR project, supported and approved by the employer. The overall programme objective is to strengthen midwives’ competence in countries where maternal morbidity and mortality are as highest, that is in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is organized as a joint venture between the Division of International Health (IHCAR) at Karolinska Institutet; International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Dept. of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University; and the Swedish Association of Midwives.
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Contact person: Prof. Kyllike Christensson

troped.jpg The Division of International Health, Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet Medical University is one of eight European institutions awarding degrees in a new European Master of Science International Health Degree Programme. The programme is part of tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education, in existence since 1996 and collaborating closely with institutions in Asia, Africa, and the Americas in providing postgraduate education and training opportunities.

The European Master of Science Programme in International Health is a one year, full-time study programme taught in English. The main objective of the programme is to raise awareness of current global health concerns. Students become qualified to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations in low- and middle-income countries and to formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex health-related issues.
Six possible study tracks are offered for this degree and reflect the strengths of the consortium institutions: Tropical Medicine and Disease Control; Health Systems, Health Policy and Management; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Child Health; Health Research Methods; and Health in Emergencies.
Each study track begins with a 3 month core course from September to December. Core courses provide a common basis of the main subject areas for all students. Students receive 20 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points upon successful completion of their core course. More information on the European Master of Science International Health Degree Programme.
Contact person: Anna-Lena Paulsson

The Department of Nursing, The Division of International Health, IHCAR, and the Dept. of Public Health Sciences, every semester arranges a 5 credits independent course on Global Health. The course is open to students at Karolinska Institutet in the Medical programme, Midwifery programme, Nursing programme, Dental programme, Biomedical laboratory programme, Physiotherapy programme, Occupational therapy programme, and the Biomedical programme. The students can choose to do the field work at Karolinska’s two collaboration partner institutions in South Asia: The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; and Trivandrum Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, India.
More information on the Global Health course.
Contact person: Prof. Hans Rosling

The Center for Public Health, CeFAM (a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and the county council of Stockholm) organises courses in Global Medicine for Junior Hospital Doctors (ST-läkare). The Sida funded courses deal with diseases like malaria, TB and AIDS, and take place either in Ethiopia or in India (four months at R.D.Gardi Medical College, in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
More information on the training in Ujjain (in Swedish only)
Contact person: Prof. Vinod Diwan

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

waterweek.gif An 80 credits International Master of Science programme on Water System Technology was launched in 2007. The aim of the programme is to explore all major aspects of use and protection of available water resources. The programme deals with all the complexities, challenges and opportunities in water resources management through water systems approaches and will allow participants to focus particular attention on preferred problem areas. It is jointly organised by the Department of Land and Water Resources Engineering at KTH, and the Department of Physical Geography and Quarternary Geology at the University of Stockholm. Deadline for applications are 15 January every year.
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Contact person: Programme Coordinator Göran Baurne.

KTH A 7,5 credits course titled ”Gender issues in Developing Countries” was again held in the Fall 2009 (16 November – 12 December). It was organised by the Department of Land and Water Resources Engineering, and aims at imparting integrated theoretical and practical knowledge on gender and development issues in the South to students, researchers, teachers and development practitioners in different kinds of agencies in Sweden.
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Contact person: Dr. Nandita Singh

Linköping University

Ljungskile Folkhögskola

A 120 ECTS Credits International Master's Programme in Science for Sustainable Development started in 2007. It is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and leads to a Master in Science degree in Sustainable Development, with a specialization in one of the following areas: 1. Climate, Energy & Recycling; 2. Water & Food Security; or 3. GIS for Environmental Studies. Focus in the first two study areas will be directed to both how social changes shape the environment, and how environmental changes shape society. The two-year programme starts every Fall. Deadline for applications is 15 December every year. Next programme starts in September 2011. new
More information about the programme.
Contact person: Susanne Eriksson from the Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies.

Ljungskile folk high school A new World course (”Världens kurs med Indienresa 2008”) on Justice, Peace and Environment, including a three weeks tour to north India, will again be arranged by Ljungskile Folk High school during the period 15 August 2011 – 15 January 2012. The tour includes a stay at the village folk high school Jagriti Vihara in Ranchi, Jharkhand. More information. new
Contact person: Eva Erlandsson

Lund University

International Masters Programmes at Lund University. Information from Lund University’s International Relations department.new

Development Studies Lund University launched a new Bachelor of Science programme in Development Studies with a major in Economic History, Human Geography, Political Science or Sociology in September 2009. The programme is interdisciplinary and focuses on economic, social and political processes and their linkages to development cooperation. The duration of the programme is three years. It is jointly organised by the Dept. of Social and Economic Geography; Dept. of Sociology; Dept. of Political Science; and Dept. of Economic History.
More information about the Programme

In the fall semester 2011, the Dept. of Economic History organises a 7.5 ECTS undergraduate course on ”The Rising Giants – China and India Entering the Global Scene”. This course gives a much improved first hand understanding of the rise of Asia's two giants – China and India. First, modernisation and industrialisation in socialist China is explored from the pre-communist era until today. The process of transition from plan to market economy is unravelled. The institutional set-up and socio-economic achievements of the emerging market economy are contrasted with, but also causally linked to, those of the socialist planned economy. Secondly, the Indian economy from colonial times to present day is studied. Particular consideration is given to Independent India, contrasting and linking the miracle economy of the 1990s and the new millennium with the preceding forty years, scrutinising the economic policy of past and present in terms of economic achievements. Focusing on China and India will allow for comparisons of Asian development experiences where processes of economic growth and structural changes are analysed from the point of view of equity between individuals, groups, class and gender together with the challenges of achieving environmentally sustainable development. More information on the course. new
The teacher at the course is Dr. Tobias Axelsson.

Sida Lund University Education – the university's company for commissioned education – offers a number of English-language educational training programmes funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida
, to be held in the Fall 2010 – Spring 2011.
Sustainable Development– The advanced International training programme on ”Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation” will run again with a 19 days course in Lund in August/September 2010, and with a regional seminar in one of the participating countries in February/March 2011. The overall objective of the programme is to provide the participants with understanding and knowledge about the need for integrated approaches and the organisational and institutional changes that are necessary for a sustainable provision of water supply and sanitation services in urban areas. The target group is medium to top level managers and others in a managerial position, working with policy- and development issues within the national urban water and sanitation sector, including public authorities and other local or regional authorities. This includes people with an affiliation to health-, environmental, -waste, -traffic and the city planning sector. From South Asia, professionals in the field from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are welcome to apply for this programme. The programme is managed by staff from the Dept. of Water Resources Engineering.
A new programme will run during the period February 2011 – August 2012, including a stay in Lund from 28 March 28 – 15 April 2011, and a follow-up seminar in one of the participating countries in October/November 2011. It is now possible to apply on-line at www.education.lu.se/sida/water for the programme. All applicants had to send the signed application form to the nearest Swedish embassy. Closing date for applications was 24 November 2010. More information.
urban.jpg– A training programme on ”Road Traffic Safety” runs every year. It is administered by Traffic and Roads, Department of Technology and Society. The overall objective of the programme is to provide the participants with understanding and knowl edge of what organisational and institutional conditions are necessary for the management of an efficient and effective traffic safety work at a national level.traffic safety problems, carry out traffic safety investigations, compose traffic safety schemes and evaluate their effects. More information.
– A training programme on ”Child rights, Classroom and School Management” runs every year. On behalf of the Lund University Commissioned Education (uppdragsutbildning), the Division of Sociology of Law at Lund University runs this programme since 2004, in collaboration with Lund University’s former Dept. of Education (now integrated into the Dept. of Sociology, and the School of Social Work), and the School of Teacher Education, Malmö University.
A new contract for another 6 years was signed in 2010. The programme aims at spreading knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – WCPRC and support schools and authorities in ten countries in Africa, Asia and Latin Amerika to develop education focusing on the rights of children. Among the ten countries, two are in South Asia – India and Sri Lanka. In India, special focus has been put on Wayanad district in the northern part of Kerala state, from where many participants to he programme have been selected. More information. new
– A training programme on ”Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – SRHR” runs every year. The target group is persons working with SRHR, in managing position and that have responsibility to develop capacity and knowledge within SRHR. Participants should have a background as midwives/teachers in the health care sector or gynaecologists/obstetricians. From South Asia, persons from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have been accepted for this programme. The programme is managed by staff from the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health, Department of Health Sciences; Lund University (in Malmö). Deadline for applications: 15 October every year. More information.
– A Training Programme on ”Shelter Design and Development” has run every year till 2011. The programme has been organised by the Dept. of Housing Development and Management (HDM). This department had also already, since several years, organised similar International training courses on different themes with funds from Sida. Their short courses have been directed to planners, architects, civil engineers, administrators and others working with construction, housing and human settlements. Earlier a postgraduate training course on Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings was held for a number of years with many participants from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. It was organised in collaboration with the Department of Architectural Conservation and Restoration, Lund University.
More information on HDM’s training programmes


LUMID Lund University introduced a new 120 ECTS (80 Swedish credits) International Masters programme in applied Development and Management (LUMID) in 2006. LUMID is open to students both from Sweden and the rest of the world who wish to prepare for a career in international aid and development cooperation, or wishing to further their academic studies with this profile. Through the assistance of te Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), LUMID is able to offer students field based courses in project and programme management. The two-year programme is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University, but multidisciplinarity is accomplished through teachers’ teams recruited from a number of faculties. More information on LUMID.
Contact persons: Dr. Agnes Andersson, LUMID Programme Manager; and Prof. Göran Djurfeldt, Chairman of the LUMID steering group.

During the spring 2011, the Dept. of History and Anthropology of Religion (including Judaism and Indic Religions) at Lund University, and the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at Gothenburg University jointly organises 15 ECTS field course in Religious Studies, including five weeks of field work in India. During the first subcourse (5 credits) devoted to methodological questions, located in Sweden, a plan for the field work is made. The course is divided into two parts: firstly the students explore different methods and theories of conducting fieldwork in Religious studies and prepare minor research projects. Secondly the students carry out their projects in the field and write research reports. The field work can be conducted anywhere, but the two departments at Lund University and Gothenburg University provide supervision for those who travel to India. Students can attend the course at either of the two universities.
Full information in the course folder (only in Swedish)
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Contact persons in Lund:
Kristina Myrvold, Katarina Plank, Pierre Wiktorin and Jürgen Offermanns

The Department of History and Anthropology of Religion (including Judaism and Indic Religions) at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies offers several South Asia related courses.
In recent years the Indic Religions Division has offered a 20 credits half-time course for beginners in Elementary Sanskrit a couple of times (taught by Dr. Martin Gansten), and also a number of specialised 5 credits courses on topics such as Bhagavadgita; Western Buddhism; Yoga and Meditation in Indian religions; Tantra and Tantrism; Jainism, Non-violence and Vegetarianism; Indic Philosophies; and Astrology and Divination in Indian religions. Since 2006 a new 5 credits course on Sikhism has been introduced. It was the first course on Sikhism at any Scandinavian university. From 2007 the Indic Religions Division arranges a 7.5 credits course on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism in the Fall semesters, and a 7.5 credist course on Hinduism and Buddhism in Europe and America during the Spring semesters. Indic religions are also studied within the framework of the 15 credits course Meetings with World Religions, given every semester.
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Contact person: Prof. Olle Qvarnström

Masters From 2007 the Master Programme in Asian Studies at Lund University follows the Bologna model and runs for four consecutive semesters, consisting of 120 ECTS credits. The programme has been successfully run at Lund University since the Fall 2003. It is an interdisciplinary programme, focusing on political, economic, social, and cultural issues in Asia. It is the only English language programme of its kind in the Nordic countries. The programme is aimed at students who after their undergraduate studies want to gain area expertise on contemporary Asian societies. The programme is divided into two tracks, one for East and South East Asian studies, and one for South Asian studies, and is administered by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies (ACE) at Lund University. In India, the programme collaborates with the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi.
The application round for the eighth year programme starting in September 2010 is now closed. More information.
Contact person: Dr. Monica Lindberg-Falk, Director of Studies
Several of the students from the Masters programme at Lund University have proceeded to doctoral studies at universities all over Europe. More information on these alumni students. new

Dept of Social and Economic Geography offers every year courses on Development Studies (U-landskunskap), up to C-level. More information on the courses.
Contact person: Franz-Michael Rundquist

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) offers a 120 ECTS credits Master of Science programme on Environmental Management and Policy. This combined online and onsite programme (details below) aims to prepare professionals with expertise in environmental strategies for careers as executives, analysts, decision makers, researchers and consultants. It concentrates on creating preventative environmental solutions for industry and governments, understanding the public and industrial societal systems, and applying appropriate policies and measures to solve integrated environmental problems. The coming programme starts in October 2011 with online distance courses, followed in August 2012 by 9 months of on-site learning at the IIIEE building in the centre of Lund, then 4 months of thesis research until graduation in September 2013. More information on the programme. new
mespom.gifIIIEE is also a partner institution in the Erasmus Mundus programme on Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM), the next programme will be for the period 2011–2013. Like other Erasmus Mundus programmes MESPOM provide scholarships to outstanding students from countries outside the EU. MESPOM is coordinated by IIIEE and operated by a consortium of four leading European institutions for environmental research and postgraduate education which include, in addition to IIIEE, the Central European University (Hungary), the University of the Aegean (Greece) and the University of Manchester (UK) . MESPOM is supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission.
Application deadlines for the 2011-2013 study period are January 3, 2011 for the applicants seeking Erasmus Mundus scholarships types A and B or other financial assistance from the MESPOM Consortium or CEU (including fee waivers), and April 30, 2011 for the applicants who do not seek or are not eligible for Erasmus Mundus scholarships or other forms of financial assistance from CEU or the MESPOM Consortium
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Nordens Folkhögskola Biskops-Arnö

biskopsarno A 36 weeks trainee programme on Ecology and Global Solidarity is again arranged during the period August 2011 – May 2012. The programme is intended for students who already have a degree in development studies or environmental studies. It is organised by Nordens Folkhögskola in collaboration with the Swedish NGO Framtidsjorden and its network in India. The costs are fully funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

The first part of the course consists of nine weeks of studies and preparations at Sida Civil Society Course Centre in Härnösand, upon which follows five months of practical work in India, where the students will work with local organisations engaged in projects to create an ecologically and socially sustainable society. Finally, the students will do six weeks external information work in Sweden. A total number of seven participants will be accepted for the programme.
Last date for applications is Tuesday 15 April 2011. More information. new
Contact person: Robert Norman

Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Stockholm

Mejan ARC – Advanced Studies in Urbanism is a forum for architectural and urban studies at KKH that offers one- year post-graduate courses in three disciplines, including Architecture, Architectural Conservation (both full time courses), and Art and Architecture (a half time course). During the academic year 2011/12, the Mejan Arc KKH organises a 60 ECTS Post-Graduate course entitled ”Inclusive India – Re: Pune”. It will focus on the issues of conservation and preservation of the cultural heritage, its architecture and tales, when re-developing a historic city is a challenge with a multitude of possibilities and resources. The ever increasing pace of urbanization demands new strategies, new actors and new values. The course will start 12 September 2011 and finish 30 May 2012.
The course will be run in collaboration with the the Indian School of Architecture BNCA in Pune whose students will work in parallel on the same project.
The course is conducted by Professor Tina Wik, architect and professor in Architectural Conservation, and Dr. Cecilia Sagrén, architect assistant professor. Fredric Bedoire, professor in the History of Architecture will participate as well guest professors and lecturers.
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Stockholm University


The Dept. of Educational Science with an emphasis on Humanities and Social Science (UHS), a new department created after the merger of the Stockholm Institute of Education with Stockholm University on January 1, 2008, organises a 15 ECTS credits course titled ”Changing India and Ourselves” every year during a part of the Spring semester (January–March). The course has been developed out of a course titled ”Changing South” that Jim Walch has run successfully at the Stockholm Institute of Education since 1993. It consists of two parts, first five weeks field studies in Tamil Nadu, India, where the students should confront, analyse and reflect upon the various patterns of poverty and domination that can be found in the South and in the relation to the richer parts of the world; and then five weeks literature studies and seminars in Sweden. The next course will be run in the Spring 2011. Last date for applications is 15 October 2010. More information. new
Contact persons: Margareta Adolphson and Bodil Nilsson

The Dept. of Social Anthropology organised a 15 ECTS credits course on ”China and India: Tradition, Modernity and Power” in the Fall semester 2009. The course was taught in Swedish. Contact person: Dr. Per Ståhlberg

The Department of Oriental Languages introduced a new two-year 120 ECTS credits Masters Programme in Asian Studies from the Fall semester 2010. The programme has two branches, one focusing on East Asia, and another focusing on Central and South Asia. Students who wish to join the programme are required to have a BA including at least 60 ECTS credits from Asian language studies (for students to the South Asia branch this means Hindi, Urdu or Bengali), and to have written an Asia related BA thesis. Full information on the Masters programme (in Swedish only).new
Contact person: Johan Fresk

HindiThe Division of South and Central Asian Studies (Section for Indology) within the Department of Oriental Languages runs educational courses on the ancient as well as modern languages and cultures of South Asia, with special emphasis on India, up to the level of Bachelors and Masters degrees. The Indology courses are separated into one track specialized on Ancient and Medieval India – with Sanskrit studies, and another track specialized on Modern India – with Hindi studies.
More information on all courses run during the Fall 2011
Contact person: Director of Studies Mats Lindberg
A popular 30 ECTS credits Internet based distance learning Hindi course was introduced in 2009, attracting many students. The teachers are Roberto Menkes and Mirja Juntunen. A new course starts in the Fall 2011. If vacant seats, it is possible to register for the course all up to the course starts in week 35. More information. new

Södertörns Högskola (Södertörn University)

The School of Culture and Communication, Södertörns högskola, again organises a 15 ECTS course in History of Indian Philosophy starting during the Fall semester 2011. It is the first course of its kind in Sweden. It focuses on the Buddhist, Hindu, Materialist, and Sceptical traditions that have existed in India for a long time, starting with Vedic metaphysical speculations 3,500 years ago, and ends up with today’s postcolonial theories. The course is aimed at students within the humanities, mainly Philosophy, Science of Religion, and from History of Ideas. Deadline for applications: 15 April every year.
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Contact person: Dr. Anna-Pya Sjödin


Uppsala University

Masters course Uppsala A 60 credits (90 ECTS credits) interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in South Asian Studies – Cultural Pluralism, Political Institutions and Socio-economic Processes, was run at Uppsala University during the years 2002–04. The three semesters programme was located within the disciplinary domain of Arts and Sciences, brings together the disciplines of Indology, Political Science, History, Religion, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Economics, and Peace and Conflict Research (but based at the Section for Asian and African Languages and Cultures, Dept. of Linguistics and Philology). Teachers come from all the disciplines. The programme offered an interdisciplinary perspective in Arts and Sciences, with language studies (Hindi or Tamil), fieldwork in the region and optional internship. Language of instruction was English.

Since 2008, the Dept. of Linguistics and Philology runs a new three-year 180 ECTS B.A. programme in Oriental Studies (Orientalistikprogrammet), focusing on the Middle East, North Africa, Central and South Asia. Half the time is devoted to language studies, and the rest to studies of political, religious, economic, and literary conditions in obth the past and present. The programme is divided into four branches, where the language to study is Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hindi respectively.
During the second year, one semester should be spent at a language institute in the regions of studies, and during the third year, special courses in language and literature, political science, and economics will be given. More information about the programme.
Contact person for the Oriental Studies Programme with Hindi studies: Associate professor Christiane Schaefer
During the Fall 2009, Professor Heinz Werner Wessler from the Division of Indology at the Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften, University of Bonn, Germany, has been a guest teacher at the department, in charge of the advanced Hindi courses.

Every year, the Dept. of Linguistics and Philology also offers separate South Asia related courses and study programmes in Indology (including Sanskrit), Hindi, Comparative Indo-European Philology, and Iranian languages.

More information on Indology studies courses (including Sanskrit), which are carried out up to D-level. A new 20 credits A-level course starts every Fall, and includes a 5 credits course in Sanskrit text applications, 10 credits Sanskrit grammar, and 5 credits Cultural history of India. The B level course run during the Spring 2007 includes courses in Sanskrit, Pali and Vedic languages . C-level courses also run during the Fall semesters.

Besides being part of the study programmes, 5 or 10 credits orientation courses are also offered every semester in topics such as ”Indian Religions, Culture and History”; ”Indian Languages and Literature”; ”Introduction to Sanskrit”; and ”Introduction to Indic Philosophical Traditions”. For example, the course, run during the Fall 2006, involves studies about the Indic history of ideas (in present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) from the Vedas up to modern, postcolonial theories, but focusing on the Hindu, Buddhist, and Materialist traditions of ideas.
Summer courses are also held every year. In the Summer 2006 a 5 credits course on ”Religious expressions in Indian culture” was arranged, a course consisting of seminars, lectures and films, studying religions and culture in India of today, focusing on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam.

More information on Hindi studies courses, which are carried out up to D-level.
An Internet based 10 credits course has also been run for a few years. A course ”Hindi på Internet" started in the Fall 2005 and was taught by Dr. Mirja Juntunen.

More information on Comparative Indo-European Philology courses, which are carried out up to D-level. Contact person: Christiane Schaefer

More information on South Asia related Iranian languages courses. Within the realia courses on A- and C-level (arranged during the Fall semesters) the section for Iranian Languages includes studies on the culture and history of Afghanistan. Contact person: Carina Jahani

The Collegium for Development Studies was a special unit at Uppsala University with its own board, functioning as a link between development research and Swedish development cooperation. It organises seminars and conferences regularly, and publishes newsletters, reports and documents on current issues.
The Collegium ceased to exist as an independent unit from January 1, 2009. The activities, as well as its personnel, have instead been integrated in the Uppsala Center for Sustainable Development. new

Österlen folk high school, Tomelilla

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Tomelilla A one-year course on India/South Asia is arranged every year since 2001. Till 2007, it was organised as an academic undergraduate social science course in co-operation with the Dept. of Sociology at Lund University, but from 2010 it is run in collaboration with the Global Political Studies programme at University of Malmö. A new programme starts every year in August, with field work in south India during the period January–March coming year. After an initial common course at Kerala the students visit different places in India and Bangladesh where they make individual field work. The students give regular reports through Internet travel diaries.
Applications can be submitted throughout the year for coming courses.
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Contact person: Jens Karlsson

AlbinsAlbins Folk high school in Landskrona offers a one-year full-time course entitled ”Global change – Sustainable world”. The next course starts in the Fall 2011.
The course content stands on three pillars: First is how globalization affects us. Second is the three aspects of sustainable development, ecological, social and economic. What are the global challenges for humanity? The third pillar is how can we influence the development working through democratic organizations and NGOs?
During the course two field study tours are made. In the autumn to meet youth and students active in environmental work in southern Poland during 1-2 weeks. In spring two months tour to India and Bangladesh (Nepal and Sri Lanka also possible) and meet NGOs working with Human Rights, environment, Fairtrade, Trade Unions in textile and garment industry, women empowerment, child rights, organic farming etc. Most time is spent in Tamil Nadu and Uttharakhand but shorter visits are also made to New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Varanasi.
Albins Folkhighschool is run by 26 regional trade-unions in Skåne in the south of Sweden. It offers a non-formal adult educator which mean that students can influence content and methods through democratic participating in the learning process. Students have access to study loans and grants from CSN.
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Contact person: Anders Ohlsson

Nordic Centre in India, and Kulturstudier

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The Nordic Centre in India (NCI) organises full semester programmes for Nordic students at the University of Hyderabad. The Nordic Centre has made an arrangement with the University of Hyderabad and its Study India Program (SIP) to allow 15 Nordic students to be admitted there, and to take courses on various social science and humanities subjects. The aim of the agreement is to allow Nordic students to study India in India, to give them both a sound academic knowledge of India as well as the experience you only gain by living there. In most cases, the UoH degree should count towards you final degree at your home university. Please note that applicants must come from the Nordic universities that are members of the NCI consortium. The Hyderabad semester last from third week of July to first week of December and from first week of January to first week of May every year. Deadlines for sending in your application: – Spring Semester: November 9th: – Fall Semester: March 15th. More information about the Hyderabad semester programme. new

From the fall semester 2011, NCI runs a full semester Hindi Study Programme in Varanasi, India. The programme is organised in collaboration with the Gandhian Institute of Studies, and is held from 29th August till 2nd December 2011. This first full semester course has participants from Aarhus University, Denmark; University of Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm University, Sweden. It is tailor-made for the Advanced Hindi students from the Nordic countries. The course has been developed by NCI Director Mirja Juntunen, who is also the Academic Coordinator of the course and Senior Lecturer in Hindi at the Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University. The course will again be given in the Fall 2012, and is open for applicants from the NCI Nordic member universities. More information. new

NCI For the ninth time the course 'Contemporary India' was held in the Summer 2011 (12 June – 9 July) at the University of Hyderabad, in collaboration with the Nordic Centre in India. The course, running for four weeks, was tailor-made for Nordic students and introduces issues of politics, culture and economy. It consists of the following five parts: Introductory course: The diversity of India: The political system and questions of identity: Globalisation and the economy focusing on the city of Hyderabad: Development, environment and human rights: and Indian literature and cinema. The students coming from most Nordic countries (and universities that are members of the Nordic Centre in India) are given board and lodging in an excellent guest house. Each member university nominated their candidates and reserves on this course. More information about the Hyderabad summer course. new

ISECFor the fifth year, NCI offered a 7.5 ECTS summer course on environmental issues in India, in Bangalore during the period 10 July – 6 August 2011.
The course titled “Approaching the Environment in India. New theories and methods in the study of the nature-society interface”, was organised in collaboration with the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore. It is a four-weeks multi-disciplinary course for graduate and post-graduate students from the Nordic countries, that seeks to introduce students to recent theories and methods in the study of contemporary environmental issues in India. Each member university nominated their candidates and reserves on this course. More informationabout the Bangalore summer course. new

IIPSFor the fifth year, NCI also offered a 7.5 ECTS summer course on “Demography, Gender and Reproductive Health”, in Mumbai during the period 10 July to 6 August 2011. It was an an introduction to population studies in India, organised in collaboration with the International Institute for Population Science (IIPS) in Mumbai in collaboration with NCI. The course is a multi-disciplinary course that is open for under-graduate and graduate students from the Nordic countries. Each member university nominated their candidates and reserves on this course. More information about the Mumbai summer course. new

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KULTURSTUDIERTwice a year KULTURSTUDIER (Culture Studies) offers a full semester course (30 ECTS) in Peace and Conflict Studies, to be carried out in Puducherry (Pondicherry) on the southeastern coast of India. KULTURSTUDIER is an organisation run by a group of social scientists and humanists whose background is from the University of Oslo. Since 1997 it provides the opportunity to combine studies of high academic standard in an environment that offers great learning experiences in third world countries, including India. The Puducherry course is run in cooperation with Oslo University College and Vestfold University College. It is offers twice per year, starting in August and January. The course gives a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the study of social and political processes of conflict and conflict resolution on a local, regional and global scale. Students and teachers come from all over the world. 10 weeks of studies in India are preceded by 5 weeks of self-study with internet-based supervision.
The collaboration with with Oslo University College makes it possible to issue Internationally transferable university credits. The course is suitable for both for students who wish to include the discipline of peace studies as a part of a bachelor degree, and professionals (teachers, diplomats, etc.) and others who seek further education in international and multicultural issues.
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From the Fall semester 2011, Kulturstudier starts another 30 ECTS credits programme in Anthropology and Religious Studies on Bachelor’s level at Puducherry, again in collaboration with with Oslo University College. The new course focuses on Religion, Power, Politics and South Asia. The programme starts on Monday 29 August 2011.
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Swedish students are welcome to participate in the Puducherry semester programmes. Information meetings are therefore held at several Swedish universities (Stockholm, Uppsala, Lund, Malmö and Gothenburg) during the spring 2011.
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Other Courses on South Asia

South Asian studies at Copenhagen University

The History of Religions Section, Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, offers South Asia related courses on Science of Religion.
More information on the BA, MA, and PhD programmes.
Contact person: Dr. Peter Birkelund Andersen

The Asian Studies Section, Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, offers courses in Indology, including Sanskrit, and Pali. More information on the Indology courses.
Contact person: Dr. Ken Zysk

The Tranquebar Initiative of the National Museum of Denmark is an interdisciplinary endeavour and prepared in close collaboration with a number of Indian authorities and Indian and Danish research institutions. The Initiative ranges from various research projects to restorations of buildings from the colonial time and the collecting of ethnographical items to elucidate present daily life, as well as historical and ethnographical exhibit activities in Denmark and India.
More information about the Tranquebar projects
Contact person: Dr. Esther Fihl

Kulturkurser.dk A new initiative was introduced by the Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies in 2007, courses in Business relations. These courses, called Kulturstudier.dk are concerned with the meeting between different cultures, religions and languages and being designed to cater for businesses or organisations that are establishing themselves abroad, hiring foreign employees or are facing cultural problems in connection with enterprises in the non-Western World.
More information about Kulturkurser.dk.
Contact person: Dr. Charlott Hoffmann Jensen

Researchers and teachers involved in Asian studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University are taking part in a joint project with colleagues at Lund University, and SASNET, to promote possibilities to combine courses in Asian languages and religious studies given on both sides of the Öresund. The so-called ØRNAST educational cooperation project was formally inaugurated with a ceremony at Copenhagen University on Tuesday 14 September 2004. The purpose behind ØRNAST is to strengthen East, South-East and South Asian education and research at the universities and university colleges involved in the Øresund University Consortium.
More information on ØRNAST

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), based at Copenhagen University, three times a year offers Contact Scholarships for Nordic Graduate Students, as well as Guest Researcher Scholarships for senior researchers and postgraduate students based in the Nordic countries.
More information on NIAS, and the scholarships it offers

South Asian studies at Oslo University

Asian Studies at the University of Oslo
– The Faculty of Arts at the University of Oslo offers a variety of programmes in South Asia related Studies. The Institute for Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) offers courses in three South Asian languages: Hindi, Sanskrit, and Urdu.
– The Institute for Archaeology, Conservation and Historical Studies (IAKH) offers courses in South Asian Studies, covering topics as modern history, religion and political anthropology, with a focus on India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and with a thematic focus on the emergence of nationalism and ethnic conflict in South Asia. More information.

SUM The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM – Senter for utvikling og miljø) is a research institution formally under the University of Oslo. Since 2004, every year SUM organises a 20 credits course titled ”Development and the Environment: From Theory to Practice”. Attention is given to the relationship between North and South and to the political and commercial sides of development. A unique aspect of the course is that students will get a view from the South through lectures, discussions and excursions organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) during a one month stay in New Delhi, India. There, students are formed into groups and do research that lead to a common group report under the guidance of advisors from CSE. More information about courses offered by CSE’s Anil Agarwal Green College.

Other important institutions in Norway regarding South Asian studies/development studies

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen. One of the largest and oldest independent institutions in Northern Europe for social science research and advisory work on development and human rights issues in developing countries.
International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). Conducts research within three main themes: Conditions of War and Peace, Ethnic and Nationalist Conflicts, and Foreign and Security Policies. The institute also publishes a book series and two journals.
– The Dept. of International Environment and Development Studies (NORAGRIC), at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, has a resource management programme in cooperation with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Northern Pakistan.

South Asian Studies programmes at other European universities

EdinburghFrom September 2011, the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh introduces a new MSc program in South Asia and International Development. It will be the only UK postgraduate international development programme with an explicit South Asia focus. This programme is linked to the University of Edinburgh's Global Development Academy, which fosters a dynamic interdisciplinary community of scholars who are working in partnership throughout the world to tackle the most important issues facing international development. Courses will provide analytical skills to help students to understand the processes that have shaped poverty and underdevelopment with particular reference to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The programme is interdisciplinary, combining rigorous training in analytical and qualitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice as they relate to international development. It has two compulsory, core courses. They are ”Politics and Theories of International Development” and ”South Asia: the Roots of Poverty and Development”.
Patricia Contact person: Professor Patricia Jeffery (photo), MSc Programme Director, School of Social and Political Science.
Closing date for applications is 15th July 2011, but please note that it is in your interest to apply well before the closing date: Scholarship and funding schemes have different closing dates for application and generally require applicants to have a firm offer of a place at Edinburgh. The paperwork connected with visas and immigration takes time to process. new
More information on the program web page
See also a poster for the programme.

Masters programme Since 2008, the South Asia Institute at University of Heidelberg, Germany, runs an interdisciplinary Master's programme entitled ”Health and Society in South Asia”. The programme is a taught, two-year interdisciplinary degree with a focus on Medical Anthropology and South Asian Studies. It is intended for students who plan to work (or already work) in health-related fields but also for those who wish to pursue an academic career. The programme is administered by the Dept. of Anthropology at the South Asia Institute, specializing in Medical Anthropology, with various staff members conducting research on ritual healing, folk medicine, South Indian medicine, health and environment, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, gender and health, women's reproductive health and Islam, and other topics. In the first semester, students are introduced to the main theories and research themes in the field of Medical Anthropology as well as to the major medical traditions and current health issues in South Asia. In the second semester all students are obliged to learn one South Asian language, and also receive training in research methods and presentation skills. The third semester is used for the extensive preparation of a practical field experience or a work placement, which will form the basis for the Master's thesis, which will be prepared and written over the fourth semester.
A new programme started in April 2010.
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Asia EuropeHeidelberg University starts a new Master Programme Transcultural Studies in October 2011. Across disciplines and national borders, students from around the globe can explore the dynamics of cultural exchanges. The M.A. Transcultural Studies is an interdisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences with a transregional focus. It offers a wide range of courses taught in English within an international research environment. Students are trained in transcultural theories and methods as well as in the study of cross-cultural exchanges. During the programme they can specialise in one of the three areas: "Society, Economy, and Governance", "Visual, Media, and Material Culture", or "Knowledge, Belief, and Religion". Each is cutting across disciplines and not confined to one region.
Applicants must hold a B.A. or equivalent (minimum three years of study) in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences. Furthermore, proficiency in English and two more languages is required. The application deadline for international students is June 15, 2011. More information on the programme and the application.new

SOASThe School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK introduces a 2 years MA programme in Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali from September 2011. It will be offered jointly by the Department of Anthropology and the Department of South Asian Languages and Cultures. It is intended for students who wish to conduct doctoral-level research in Nepal, or in preparation for professional employment in e.g. a government agency or international NGO.
This is the only Masters-level programme offered anywhere in the world that provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research (broadly defined) in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological). Applicants will need to produce documented evidence of language learning ability (a language A level or equivalent, or successful completion of an undergraduate language course). More information. new

MSc OxfordOxford University, UK, again organises a MSc in Contemporary India, a three-term, nine-month course. Deadline for applications for the current course was Friday 12 March 2010.
This unique programme provides students with opportunities for a multidisciplinary immersion in knowledge about India’s signal achievements and her persistent problems, together with high quality training in research methods and in the critical analysis of theory in the main social science disciplines.
Students will develop or extend a knowledge and critical understanding of:

– the relationships between India’s development achievements and her persistent problems and the relevant academic scholarship and debates
– social science research methods, strategies and ethics that pertain to the study of contemporary India
– the principal theoretical ideas and paradigms with which research on contemporary India is conducted
critical analysis of sources and the capacity to present findings effectively, verbally and in sustained writing exercise
– the identification, execution and completion of a workable research topic
– the problems and potentials of interdisciplinarity

The degree is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly the Social Sciences and History but not excluding any discipline. Undergraduate coursework on India or South Asia is not a prerequisite for admission. The course will serve as a valuable stand-alone training for those wishing to specialise in India, either out of academic interest or as preparation for work in the private sector, international organisations, government, NGOs, multi-lateral and bi-lateral aid and development agencies and media organisations. The course will also serve as first stage preparation for subsequent doctoral research on India.
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Summer/Winter schools on South Asia

Sanskrit schoolSouth Asia Institute (SAI) at Heidelberg University organises intensive summer courses on Spoken Sanskrit, Nepali Intensive Course, Colloquial Tibetan and Manuscriptology between 1 - 26 August 2011. While the course on Spoken Sanskrit is long-established and will be held for the 12th time, Colloquial Tibetan is introduced for the first time this year.
All courses take place at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, from August 01– 26:
   – Spoken Sanskrit (by Sadananda Das)
   – Nepali Intensive (by Laxmi Nath Shrestha)
   – Colloquial Tibetan (by Jonathan Samuels)
   – Manuscriptology (by Saraju Rath)

The language courses focus on practicing conversation and communication skills that can be used during field research or daily situations. All teachers are leading professionals in their fields and have significant backround in teaching and research. The lessons are held in English, therefore knowledge of English at reasonable level is required. Each course gives 6 ETCS to the participants. For those who need accommodation in Heidelberg during the course, the University can assist with finding a budget option. The course fee including the training materials is 420 euro and is due by the 15 June 2011. Application is open from now until the 31 May 2011. Only 20 seats per course are available.
SAIThe Summer Schools are organised jointly by Professor Birgit Kellner, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", and Professor Axel Michaels, Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg.
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PILCThe Puducherry (Pondicherry) Institute of Linguistics and Culture will hold its regular Tamil Summer School from 11 July - 20 August 2011.
The summer school offers an intensive education in spoken Tamil language at basic and intermediate levels, and it combines classroom lessons with field visits so that the participants can practice at most their language skills in the course of studies. Registration is open from 1 March - 30 April 2011. Applications should be submitted by filling in this form and sending it to the director of the Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture who can also be contacted for further questions and information. Preference for the course is given to researchers and University scholars.
The Tamil Summer School was initiated in 1998 by the Department of Social Sciences, French Institute, Puducherry to offer training to language researchers in Humanities and Social sciences. PILC has been organising this course since 2004. Read an article from The Hindu about the Tamil Summer School 2008, (with a photo by T. Singaravelou).
The medium of teaching is English as well as Tamil. The TSS focuses on Spoken Tamil rather than on the classical and written forms being taught in European Universities. The level of spoken Tamil course is INTERMEDIATE.
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LeidenFor the sixth year, the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, the Netherlands offers an Indological Programme during the period 18–29 July 2011. The Indological programme consists of four courses: – Features of Vedic poetry , and – The syntax of Vedic prose, both courses taught by Dr. Werner Knobl, University of Kyoto, Japan; a course on”Early Saiva Literature, taught by Peter Bisschop, Leiden University; and a course on ”Readings in Gandhari Buddhist Literature, taught by Stefan Baums, Leiden University. More information. new

IIASIn June 2011, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Netherlands organises its first Summer Programme in Asian Studies. The programme is entitled ”Heritage Conserved and Contested: Asian and European Perspectives”, and is organised in collaboration with Leiden University. The Summer Programme consists of two parts: a four-day masterclass with workshops for PhD-researchers and second year research master students, 20–23 June; and a two-day PhD conference during which the selected PhD researchers will present their research, 24–25 June. Registration closes on the 15th of January 2011.
Research specialists from various academic backgrounds (social anthropology, history, archaeology, conservation studies including cultural resource management) will combine their expertise to provide participants with an intensive – yet interactive – experience. The theme of cultural heritage touches upon a wide array of knowledge forms and traditions (including those of local actors) while it also links theoretical frameworks with applied and policy-relevant knowledge and action. The programme will be run by two world-renown scholars in the fields of cultural heritage theory and cultural Asian history, respectively: Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University) and Prof. Nira Wickramasinghe (Leiden University). More information. new


ASEFThe Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites to its 17th ASEF University (AU17) with the theme “Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”, to be held in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 19–30 June 2011. The programme, co-organised with the University Sains Malaysia (USM), will gather up to 46 promising young people from Asia and Europe to explore their ideas on various topics related to the theme. During this two-week programme, the participants will discuss topics such as the notion of a shared Asia and Europe heritage, various initiatives in heritage management and engaging the youth in its preservation.
Since 1998, the ASEF University programme has facilitated intercultural exchanges among undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals from Asia and Europe. Since 2006, India and Pakistan are also included in the programme. One of the programme’s key successes is that it facilitates meaningful exchanges and lasting friendships among its participants. More information about the 17th ASEF University. new

TOAsiaIn response to the growing interest in contemporary India’s economy, society and politics, a one-week Summer School on Globalization and Development in India was launched in Torino, Italy in 2010. This year a second edition of the Summer School will run from Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th. The working language will be English and the programme is suitable for students and professionals with different disciplinary backgrounds.
The School is run by TOAsia, a unit established by the School of Political Science at University of Torino.
The summer aims to provide in-depth knowledge and critical comprehension of key economic, social and political aspects of India’s development dynamics in the era of globalization, through a multidisciplinary approach. Any student or professional willing to explore the complex facets of the development process in globalizing India will be welcome.
The programme is available online, with details being added weekly. Applications will be accepted as from March 15th. Several scholarships are available, covering anything from tuition fees to accommodation and meals.
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PravaraThe Centre for Social Medicine (CSM) of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Deemed University in Loni, Maharashtra, India invites international students admission to its one month Certificate Course in Social Health and Development. The course will commence from 15th July 2011. Admission are done on first come first serve basis.  More information. new

odg logo The Overseas Development Group (ODG), a charitable company wholly owned by the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
, regularly organizes short courses for development professionals, some of them during the Spring–Summer 2010, on subjects like ”Climate Change and Development” (September); ”Management Information Systems for M&E” (16–27 August); ”Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Activities” (dates still to be decided); and a number of other Professional Development Programmes.
More information about the ODG professional courses 2010.

EURASIA-Net EURASIA-Net, a programme for ”Europe-South Asia Exchange on Supranational (Regional) Policies and Instruments for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Management of Minority Issues” (funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission) organised its Second Transregional Summer School in Kathmandu, Nepal, 17–28 august 2009. EURASIA-Net was established in February 2008. The networking programme has a mission to improve cooperation and exchange between European and South Asian scholars and to improve circulation of South Asian research results in the field of supra-national instruments for the promotion of human and minority rights within the European scientific community and vice versa. Eventually it could lead up to the establishment of a ”South Asian Council on Minorities” within the SAARC organisation. The programme is coordinated by the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) in Italy. More information on EURASIA-Net.
The focus of the 2009 Summer School was Religious Minorities, an issue perceived as extremely relevant within public fora and civil society discourse in South Asia. Another key subject will be Nepal, where recent developments have opened the path to new constitutional reforms in Nepal. Moreover, lectures on the standards on minority and human rights in Europe and in South Asia (including the role of SAARC), soft law mechanisms, concepts of federalism and autonomy (including case studies, e.g., South Tyrol and Kashmir), indigenous rights and ethnic diversity both in Europe and South Asia will complete the overall programme. The Summer School is open to indicatively 20 researchers, civil servants, politicians, activists and other stakeholders (e.g. media) dealing with human and minority rights issues from Europe and South Asia. Venue: Dulikhel Mountain Resort, about 30 km from Kathmandu, Nepal.
More information on the 2009 Summer School



South Asian Student Associations in Sweden

PSA The Pakistani Student Association (PSA) in Sweden (Pakistanska Studentkåren i Sverige) is a federation of fully autonomous, self-functioning associations in different cities of Sweden. Currently (February 2008) there are the following PSAs, each with their own website: Chalmers Islamiska Föreningen; PSA Blekinge (BTH); PSA Halmstad; PSA Linköping; PSA Lund; and PSA Stockholm. Besides, Pakistani students at Karlstad University and Umeå University co-ordinate their activities through mailing lists. The aim of PSA is to facilitate Pakistani students coming to universities in Sweden by providing practical information to the students and collaborating with relevant authorities; to play a role in promoting the culture of Pakistan and clearing misconceptions about it, by inviting people from other countries to our cultural events; and to promote awareness amongst the Pakistani students about the Swedish society by arranging information sessions.

Association of Indian students at Linköping (AISL) is a group of graduate students of Indian origin studying at the Linköping University, Sweden. The association aims to create a social network amongst the Indian community on campus and give them an opportunity to continue enjoying typically Indian customs and traditions, here in the Sweden. The website provides lots of useful information for Indian students coming to Sweden.

bangladeshstudent.jpg Association of Bangladeshi Students (ABS), based at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University. Established in 2003 to strengthen Sweden-Bangladesh educational and cultural network and to explore scholarship/funding opportunities for Bangladeshi students. ASB also publishes a newsletter.
A celebration of the Bengali New Year 1415 was held in Gothenburg on Sunday 4 May 2008. For the fourth year in a row it was organised by ABS. It included a cultural programme with songs and dance performances. The Honorable Ambassador of Bangladesh in Scandinavia, Mr. Muhammad Azizul Haque, held a speech, and a traditional Bangladeshi dinner was served. Venue: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.
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