India 2014 (Cohort IX Trip)
Led by Dr. Arpana Inman, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Chair, Department of Education & Human Services, at Lehigh University, Cohort IX will travel to India in December 2013 to January 2014. For a terrific overview of Dr. Inman's experience in her own words, please check out this video from the College of Education. This page has been designed to answer any questions and alleviate any concerns you may have about the GC students' trip this winter. We have compiled a variety of links and information and we hope you will take advantage of what this site has to offer. If there is something you feel we have left out, please do not hesitate to contact the staff of the Global Citizenship office at any time.
We are pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 intersession trip is to India!
We recommend that your student both purchase a guidebook for India, as well as does some basic research to familiarize themselves with the area and local culture. As a parent, you may want to know a little more about the country yourself, and so we have compiled a short list of useful websites to find out more about our trip destination.
- Travel Guides:
December 29, 2013 through January 10, 2014.
Check the Global Lehigh Tumblr blog for student updates.
General information, including sections on history, basic facts, people, geography, economy, government, etc. can be found here.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs, a division of the U.S. Department of State, is a great resource for traveling tips, safety, and general information about going abroad. Specifically, the Consular Information Sheet for India is very helpful on issues varying from medical facilities quality to general safety precautions. Additionally, information on passports, such as in the case of a lost or stolen one, can be found here.
With regards to health insurance , Global Citizenship requires all students to obtain an ISIC, or International Student Identity Card. This ID provides limited accident insurance, hospital sickness insurance, emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance and a 24-hour traveler's assistance service. Your student can contact Lehigh's Study Abroad Office for information about the ISIC Card as well as obtain a checklist of health precautions to take. IAMAT, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, in particular contains valuable information on getting medical treatment while abroad.
For some historical information on India, click here.
Here is a list of suggestions that you and your student might want to keep in mind.
- Please note the Transport Security Administration's guidelines on carrying liquids on flights.
- In case of emergency, another member of the traveling person's family should have a valid passport.
- Before packing, know the luggage and weight limit allowed on the airline to be used.
- Photocopy all important documents, such as passports and IDs, so that your student can keep a copy in their luggage and you can keep a copy at home.
- Find out the exchange rate.
- Learn about different money options available.