Who can stay: Students and staff of NCI member universities.
Duration: No limit, as long as rooms are available.
Type of accommodation: Ganga Mahal is located just by the bank of Ganges, at Assi ghat. Simple standard. Five rooms, comfortable as single rooms, but each room has two beds and can function as double room. Rooms have a bed, a desk, and an almira. Fans, no AC. Two toilets; one western and one Indian. One shower. Additionally, one of the rooms has a western toilet and a shower (cold water only) “on suite”. Kitchen, free to use. Fridge and cupboards with space for guests. Lunch is served Monday to Saturday (included in accommodation fee). Large living room, where lunch is served. It is also suitable for work, studies, and small gatherings. Balcony, and a big rooftop, from where one can enjoy the view over the Ganges. Free WiFi available in the living room. One washing machine, free to use. Place manager, Rajeev Sharma, helps with all practical matters, from arranging visits and tours to help with fieldwork. He can also help with translations, if doing interviews for fieldwork or the like. No alcohol allowed; no smoking permitted. Address: B2/1 Ganga Mahal, Bhadaini, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005. Costs: NCI member University employees, 6000Rs per week. Students get discount, 5000Rs per week. Includes WiFi and lunch six times a week (Mon-Sat, excluding holidays).
How to book, or ask for more information. Contact Kristian Niemi, Karlstad university ( email@example.com / +46-54-700-2414 ) or Rajeev Sharma, place manager at Ganga Mahal ( firstname.lastname@example.org / office: +91-542-2310779 / mobile: +91 94-15-818430).
You can find videos about student experiences at Ganga Mahal here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-xNCzt_PvpBTfvQDt8IzWA.
Courses specific to India
There are two courses, for different groups of students. The first one listed below, is the shorter one, aimed for students who are going to be active in a foreign country, but who will not be doing field work. The other one, below, is for students who are going to do fieldwork in a foreign country, and thus includes fieldwork methodology.
Field studies: Cultural encounters and field-specific knowledge (7,5 credits). This course centres on cultural encounters, cultural clashes and how cultural differences arise in the encounters of minority and majority cultures. Students reflect on their own position in the field and discuss strategies and approaches to handling situations. In preparation of the field study, the course includes literature studies of the geographical area and the specific institutions to visit. The course is particularly suited to students who plan to carry out practical placement or other internships abroad https://www.kau.se/en/education/programmes-and-courses/courses/REGFA1
Field work: Preparations and methods (15 credits) includes the above and adds a second module “Field Research Methodology”, which has a focus on field research methodology. Students draw up a preliminary field study plan and develop methodological skills in conducting field research, such as observations, interviews and photo documentation, and in writing a project description and project report. The module is particularly suited to students who need to collect material for an essay https://www.kau.se/en/education/programmes-and-courses/courses/REGFA2