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  • Locations: Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; New Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 10/15/2018
Rolling Admission 03/15/2019 03/25/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Arti Sandhu Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

India Fashion and Craft 3
This program will introduce students to the dynamism of the fashion and craft industry in India and give them the opportunity to widen their global perspective on the design, craft, and business of fashion. Students will witness fashion design and craft-based production within an Indian setting, as well as experience first-hand how various handcraft techniques are practiced.

In doing so, students will get to visit designer studios of noted Indian designers based in New Delhi who specialize in sustainable luxury fashion and incorporate craft techniques in their designs. They will also travel to cities and smaller towns in Rajasthan and Gujarat to experience the wide variety of textile crafts practiced in these regions and have the opportunity to interact with craftspeople who specialize in various forms of block printing, tie-dying, handloom weaving, and hand embroidery. Through the course of this program students will build an appreciation and consideration of the cultural role of design and fashion creation, and reflect on best practices in the area of ethical craft production and sustainability.

While the focus of the program is on fashion and craft, it will be of interest to not only fashion students at UC, but will be a valuable experience for students  in Fine Arts, Photography, Industrial Design, Anthropology, Business and Retail majors, etc. to name but a few.

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Students will travel to New Delhi - the fashion capital of India to get a glimpse of the fashion scene here. They will visit design studios, luxury retail establishments, and craft markets to get an understanding of the art, craft, and business of fashion in this large metropolitan center. (Students may also get the opportunity to attend India Fashion Week (dates TBD) in New Delhi). From here students will travel to Jaipur and surrounding locations to see a part of India that rich in textile crafts. This will be further enriched with a visit to Ahmedabad, a city whose textile industry dates back to the 19th century, as well as surrounding areas once again for the purpose of experiencing unique craft practices and meeting local crafts communities. Students will also visit prominent architectural sites, museums, craft markets that will give them valuable insight about the history and context about the crafts and fashion they will experience. 

India Location

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Who Can Participate?

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  

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Academic Program and Course Information

India Fashion and Craft
This program will introduce students to the dynamism of the fashion and craft industry in India. Students will learn about the various fashion market segments in India and will get the opportunity to visit studios of noted Indian designers who specialize in sustainable luxury fashion and incorporate craft techniques in their designs. Students will not only experience fashion in a metropolitan setting, but also get the opportunity to travel to various locations where age old textile crafts are practiced and learn about some of these techniques as well as work with craftspeople who specialize in them.

Through taking this program students will:
- Experience fashion systems beyond the US with the aim to widen their global perspective on fashion, production, design, and craft culture
- Get an overview of historic craft practices and their application to contemporary fashion in India
- Consider ways in which designers can be mindful of cultural meaning vested in traditional crafts and dress practices, and develop respectful best practices for working with them
- Learn first-hand some craft techniques, as well as ways in which craft production can be commissioned

All students in this program are required to enroll in DSGN3060 for 1 credits for spring 2019.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Born and brought up in India, Arti Sandhu studied Fashion at N.I.F.T. (New Delhi) and has taught Fashion Design in New Zealand and the US. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Fashion Design at DAAP, University of Cincinnati from where she continues to pursue her research on Indian fashion and design culture. She is the author of Indian Fashion: Tradition, Innovation, Style published by Bloomsbury Academic (2015). Her artworks, which incorporate embroidery techniques and mix media illustration to explore issues around beauty, identity, and migration, have been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, the Netherlands and India.


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Living Arrangements

India Fashion and Craft 4

Students will stay in basic but comfortable accommodation with shared (double) occupancy.
As we move from the large cities in smaller cities or towns, it is possible that at times amenities such as air conditioning and running hot water, may be unavailable.

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Getting There

India Sandhri 7

Students will fly into Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Flights will be arranged by UC International and is included in the program costs. 

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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost:  $3800

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals 
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Private guides
  • Visa application/processing fees
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~100-200$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded an $600.00 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only with minium 2.0 GPA).  This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3200. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Arti Sandhu
Associate Professor - Fashion Design
DAAP - School of Design
University of Cincinnati
Aronoff #6436
Office: (513) 556-3267
Cell: (773) 715-3658

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This program is currently not accepting applications.