Critical Language Scholarship Program | Kolkata, India

Kolkata, India

Program Dates:

June 12 - August 10, 2022

Hosting Institution:

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

Program Overview

The CLS Bangla Program in Kolkata, India is a flexible and learner-oriented language acquisition and cultural immersion program. Students spend 20 hours per week in the classroom, with additional activities, classes and excursions outside of these hours.

Kolkata is the capital of the state of West Bengal, India, and is located near the border between India and Bangladesh. With a population of 4.5 million, Kolkata is the largest city in East India and the third largest in India after New Delhi and Mumbai. In the 19th and early 20th century, it was the center of the Bengal Renaissance, a period of great growth in art, science and culture. The hosting organization in Kolkata is the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). AIIS is a consortium of 71 American universities with South Asia Studies Centers and is recognized by the Government of India as an institution of higher learning and research. AIIS has been instructing American university students and scholars in Indic languages for over 50 years.

In Kolkata, students will spend their time in grammar, conversation, pronunciation, journal writing, and dictation language classes in order to hone the four skills of language development – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The CLS Program works with students to set both short and long term learning goals, and the faculty works collectively and individually to help students achieve these goals throughout the summer institute. 

Weekly activities supplement formal classroom instruction and include guest lectures, monolingual guests such as shopkeepers or tradespeople, and music and dance performances. Several local group excursions take place over the summer, allowing students to explore the area, gain in-depth knowledge of culture and history, and meet people from different backgrounds. In the past, such cultural excursions have included visits to College Street, the Rabindrabharati Museum, and Kumartuli.