Varanasi—also known as Kashi or Banaras—is one of the longest-inhabited cities to grace the banks of India’s sacred Ganges River. Considered a holy city for Hindus, home to a vibrant Muslim population, and just a few miles from where the Buddha preached his first sermon, Varanasi is filled with daily religious ceremonies. The influx of pilgrims, coupled with population growth and economic development, places unique pressures on its urban environment. At every turn, the endless chants, bright colors, and burning incense are all part of what makes Varanasi such a compelling location for study abroad.
Welcome to Varanasi
This semester program challenges you to examine the urban realities and geography that define Varanasi and place it in a greater context of national and global currents.