India: Mysore Placement

Dates and Location

This opportunity has been canceled for 2020.


  • Faculty: Shailey Prasad, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • Preceptors:  R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) and TBD | Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), Mysore, India  
  • Community based preceptors dependent on placement


Mobile health van with provider and patient holding childParticipate in a 2 to 4-week project related to public health, health care delivery and/or other community activities. Dr. Prasad will interview applicants to discuss the placement opportunity as it connects to the applicant's goals. This opportunity is intended to follow the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course, although other arrangements are possible.

Options vary, based on the goals of the student:


Open to graduate and professional students (post-baccalaureate). Proficiency in the local language (Kannada) or the national language (Hindi) is not required.

If not also participating in the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course, you must have other previous international travel experience and previous course work related to global health, social determinants of health, and cultural competence.


Students may be allowed to apply this program to a variety of academic requirements and must confer with their academic advisor to determine if it meets their specific requirements. Options may include:


Program Fee will will depend on the length and location of placement. For a reference point, the Program Fee for a 2 week clinical placement in Saragur will be approximately $1,100 if also participating in the Course.

  • Program Fee includes: accommodation, meals, transportation during program, airport transportation to/from Bangalore, and CISI insurance.
  • Not included in Program Fee: Academic credit, airfare, Indian student visa, personal excursions, and other personal/living expenses.  For planning purposes, these costs are estimated as follows:
    • Academic credit - depends on school/college
    • Transportation (flight) to/from Bangalore - $1,500 to $2,500, depending on dates. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements.
    • Passport/Photos - $150
    • Visa/Required Documents – $115 to $240
    • Required Immunizations - $225
    • Texts/Materials - $0
    • Housing and/or meals not included in program fee - $45 (Food during travel days)
    • Essential Daily Living Expenses - $240
    • Spending money and Personal travel - Depends


Housing will depend on placement.  Living quarters will likely be in double-occupancy, dorm-style rooms.


This opportunity has been canceled for 2020.

Host Organizations

Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) logoThis program is offered in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)  and Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), a unit of SVYM. They have worked in the fields of health, public health, advocacy, and education in southern India for three decades, and have educational collaborations with institutes of higher education around the world. 

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