The New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (NYSICCSI) was founded in 1989. Three colleges - Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and St. Lawrence University - form the Consortium. NYSICCSI offers a rich and rigorous program designed to introduce college students to the great geographic and cultural diversity of northern India during the fall semester.
As one of the largest democracies in the world, India offers a stimulating and challenging learning environment. The India program melds direct fieldwork experience and personal reflection with a comprehensive academic program consisting of studies in history, culture, language, art, religion, politics, sociology, and economics. The end goal is that the NYSICCSI student will return home with a deeply enriched understanding of one of the world's most complicated and vibrant countries.
The program is directed by a faculty director from one of the NYSICCSI colleges, who accompanies the students in India. The faculty director oversees the curriculum, including the content and staffing of the courses taught by Indian nationals. The faculty director is supported by an in-country resident director. The faculty director for the 2014 program is Professor Natalia Singer of St. Lawrence University.