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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad: Education Sources: India

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of India

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State provides information on traveling to various countries, including passport and visa requirements. Further information about India can be found on their website.

Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Landslides and Avalanches are common in the Himalayan region of India. These landslides primarily occur due to high rain fall, deforestation, and growing populations. Avalanches happen mainly in the states of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim.

Floods are the most common natural hazard in India. Much of India is prone to flooding and high levels of rain (or monsoons) which can lead to destruction.

Cyclones develop along the coastlines of India and can cause large amounts of damage and loss of life to those in close proximity to the Indian Ocean.

Heatwaves and Droughts are becoming more prevalent in India as the world's climate changes. Temperatures are rising and water is becoming scarcer, causing the two phenomenon to exacerbate each other.

Hindi Language

Rosetta Stone

This online language learning tool is available through the Literature and Languages Library, under their quick-links section.

India's Ministry of Education

  • Ministry of Education: Home
    • The government of India presents on this website a synopsis of the education system and major ongoing initiatives. 
  • Education Dashboard
    • Utilizing data from the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), detailed statistics and reports regarding Indian education are available in an approachable manner. Information is available on the dashboard for both the national and state levels. 
  • Department of School Education and Literacy
    • This subdivision of the Ministry of Education, explains the ministry's approach to education and their commitment to students. This central website provides links to data and further information for each Indian states' education system and unique statistics, as well as, national policies and current programs.

Information on the Education System

Background Information

These reports available from the UNESCO and the CIA also provide useful background information about India and its education systems:

History and Cultural Norms

For information about the history and cultural norms in India, try these resources:

For more information about the history and cultural norms of India search the library's catalog.

Try searching using the following keywords:

  • India -- social life and customs
  • India -- education
  • India -- Guidebooks
  • India -- History