The College of Humanities and Social Sciences initiated an exchange scheme with the University of Delhi in 2009-10.
This exchange is intended to raise the profile of Edinburgh in India, and of the study of India in Edinburgh.
It is also hoped to lay a foundation for future teaching and research collaboration and improve the teaching of modern Indian languages at Edinburgh.
The exchange launched with four third-year undergraduate students selected to take part: Ben Thurman, Laura Wilks and Amanda Formisano from History; and Claire Cameron studying History and English Literature.
The Edinburgh students arrived in Delhi to commence their studies at the end of July 2009, completing their year abroad in the summer of 2010.
The first and foremost thing I would tell an Edinburgh student is to embrace the changes, the shocks and the surprises as much as possible, because once you work beyond the initial obstacles, life in Delhi can be very rewarding and exciting.
History and English student
The exchange arises from Universitas 21, an international alliance of 21 world leading research Universities, of which both Delhi and Edinburgh are members. It builds on a History exchange with the University of Calcutta in 2005-06.
Delhi is one of the top five centrally-funded Universities in India, alongside Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi, Calcutta University, and the University of Hyderabad.
The University of Delhi hopes to send 50 staff abroad over the next three years, the majority of whom will study in Edinburgh. The arrival of the first five academic staff, who will be working in various Science departments at Edinburgh, is anticipated in the autumn of 2010.
For further information, please contact Dr Crispin Bates.
This article was published on Jun 26, 2010