South Asian Studies (CSAS)

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Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS)

1080 South University Avenue
Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: 734.764.0448
Fax: 734.936.0996


Not a major

Undergraduates may pursue South Asian Studies through a major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures.

One of the largest programs devoted to South Asia in the U.S., the Center for South Asian Studies is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center, and is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. The Center is committed to promoting a broader and deeper understanding of South Asia and its peoples, cultures, and histories by providing resources for faculty, students, and the community to learn and disseminate knowledge about the region. Our goals are to ensure that our students graduate with a greater global perspective and understanding; and to support innovative and advanced faculty research on international issues of major importance to the United States and the world.

The Center for South Asian Studies offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of South Asia at the Master's and Graduate Certificate levels. Undergraduates may pursue South Asian Studies through a major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures. In addition to the courses offered by the Center, students can find courses on South Asia offered by the various disciplinary departments, such as History, Anthropology, Political Science, etc. The Center posts a complete South Asia area course list on its web site each term.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates. The Center offers a funding opportunity for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are able to study a South Asian language (Hindi, Punjabi, Tibetan, or Urdu) at the second year level or beyond. An academic year fellowship covers $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Contact the Center for details.

CSAS Undergraduate Fellows Program: Summer in South Asia. The Center for South Asian Studies offers a special opportunity to chart your own course in India. Thanks to a generous donation to the Center for South Asian Studies, undergraduate students at UM have an opportunity to design and carry out their own fellowship programs in India during the summer. This fellowship is intended for non-graduating students who have not already spent significant amounts of time in India. All projects MUST be self-directed research projects and not paid or unpaid internships. A Preliminary Application is due in late January. For specific details on the application process, consult the Center's website:

Study Abroad. The Center for Global and Intercultural Study sponsors programs in India in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin's College Year in India program. These programs offer students the opportunity to study in either Madurai or Varanasi, India — each site highlighting India's ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity. Both sites feature intensive language study and allow students to learn about their surroundings firsthand by completing an in-depth, year-long fieldwork project.

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