University Welcome Reception

KOC 105-103
  • Traditional dance
  • Mehendi Art
  • Saree Draping
  • Buffet dinner
  • Meeting local college students
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 10/25/2017 1800
Return: 10/25/2017 2200
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 80 / Max 250
Category: Global Studies Credit Eligible, INTERCONNECT Programs, Faculty-Led Programs

INTERCONNECT Opportunity Faculty-Led Program Global Studies Credit Eligible

Program Fee
$47 (early booking: $44)

Field Class Conflicts
  • HIST 171: World History, 1500-Present
  • SOC 344: Health, Medicine and Society
  • POLS 445: Comparative Asian Politics

This Faculty-Led Field Program features the two Global Studies Instructors: Dr. Kenneth Cushner, Intercultural Specialist and Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education at Kent State University, AND Dr. Don Gogniat. Since 1993, Dr. Gogniat has been teaching cultural and regional geography courses many years for Penn State.

Welcome to the port city of Cochin, or Kochi! At the venue, voyagers will be greeted with traditional Aarti and Tikka. It is a great time to meet other students from universities in Kerala and people from different walks of life. In the evening, enjoy a buffet dinner with South Indian specialties and watch a dance performance on Mohinyattam and Bharatanatyam – a traditional South Indian dance from Kerala.

“Interacting with the college students was a great experience. I really felt like I got a quick taste of Indian culture through this field program by getting a henna, watching the Mohiniyattam and Bharatnatyam dances, and learning how to correctly put on a saree.” – Brittany L. Spring 2016 Student Voyager

“I enjoyed meeting the local students and interacting with them while playing Bingo. It really helped me get to know them and helped start some conversations. I also enjoyed seeing the traditional dances and trying on a traditional saree. It was such a neat experience.” – Katelyn B., Spring 2017 Student

“I like the interactions with other college students. Even though we live in different parts of the world, we all have common goals and aspirations.” – Amorette A., Spring 2017 Student

Meals Included