Costs & Resources
What the program costs cover
Students will live in two- bedroom full service apartments; each bedroom has two separate full size beds. These air-conditioned apartments feature a living room, dining area and a kitchenette equipped with a fridge, microwave oven, electric kettle and dishes. Daily housekeeping, breakfast, wifi and television are also included. Each bedroom has its own full bathroom that includes a hot/cold shower. There is a security guard at the main door 24 hours a day. Also, since it is located in the center of Mysore's middle class community you will find that accessing restaurants, stores and other amenities is easy and safe.
Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and most Dinners
The cost of food can add up quickly! That's why daily breakfast and lunch is included in the program cost. Additionally, students will experience the British influence in India as we break for tea twice a day. Whether it's restaurant offerings, group meals in the research center or on the go eating during excursions, you will taste the local flavors. Some dinners are not included as students often prefer trying out different offerings during their down time. This is ideal as eating well in Mysore is very inexpensive! A typical restaurant dinner- including drinks and dessert- averages the equivalent of $5.
All Cultural Activities and Excursions- including entry fees and tips
Learning for this program is not grounded in the classroom. The Global Health Study Abroad program centers activities and trips that give you more of the local flavor while complementing your academic studies. Tentatively scheduled trips include a five day jungle tour, and visists to an elephant preserve, the largest Buddhist Temple in India, the Stone Temples, Coorge Falls, and visits to rural communities. All fees associated with these trips are covered by the program costs, including any meals while on excursions.
All Transportation while in India
From the time you land in India to the last day in Mysore, all program travel will be taken care of. This includes the shuttle from the airport to Mysore, all excursion shuttles, and daily transportation. Even the overnight train trip is included in the program costs. Only the shuttle from Mysore to the airport is not included as many students make other travel plans at the end of the program. However, we always arrange a group shuttle at an additional cost for those scheduled to leave Mysore at the same time.
Daily Private Group Yoga Class
Experience yoga in the birthplace of Mysore yoga! We have arranged daily for group lessons from a local professional yogi as part of the program; only GHSA fellows participate in these sessions. Group Yoga classes are a great way to share and explore technique and movement while building upon the collective energy in the room. The class is set up to ensure all levels of skill feel they are benefiting form the experience. Every class will be grounded in proper alignment, breath work and mind body awareness.
Travel Medical Insurance
Since your U.S. based insurance coverage likely does not include studying abroad, all participants in FIU Study Abroad programs receive travel insurance from a reputable carrier. Coverage includes an insurance and assistance package including 24/7 emergency support, medical insurance and baggage insurance.
U.S.- based FIU Support Services.
From the moment you apply, the FIU Office of Study Abroad's support services provides pre-departure assistance, academic advice, financial aid transfer, visa assistance and so much more. They will have regular contact with the program leaders and oversee the adminstration of the program from the day you are selected to the end of the summer semester.
India- based PHRII Support Services.
Students will have access to Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII)
administrative and medical support staff in Mysore. PHRII is available to providing guidance on issues relating to travel, cultural negotiations, access to health care and more. Remember, PHRII is a National Institutes for Health (NIH) research site so they have years of experience working with researchers and students visiting their site and Mysore. Also, PHRII is a registered medical clinic with onsite physicians and medical staff, so students will have immediate access to healthcare providers. Clearly, PHRII's local knowledge and expertise enables you to get the most out of your experience.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
The flight (approximately $900), India entry evisa ($80), FIU tuition (varies depending on courses student needs), and some dinners (approximately $100 total) are not included. Additionally, prior students have found that $250 is more than enough for spending money. This would be for gifts, leisure activities and shopping during the one month in India, as all other expenses are covered in the cost of the program.