Critical Language Scholarship Program | Jaipur, India
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Jaipur, India

Program Dates:

June 12 - August 10, 2022

Hosting Institution:

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

Program Overview

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

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, and was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Jaipur is famous for its many historical sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amer Fort. Jaipur is 250 kilometers southwest of New Delhi, and is part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit. The hosting organization in Jaipur 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 Jaipur, 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 and history, and meet people from different backgrounds. In the past, such cultural excursions have included trips to the local market, Rajasthan University, Amer Fort, and Sanganer.