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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Workship Credit Eligible: No Chapel Credit Eligible: No
Sending Department: Center for Experiential Learning When: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Number of Credits: 12-18 Program Advisor: CEL advisor
Shots Recommended: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria (medication), Rabies, Routine Vaccines (see note) Eligible Majors: All
Projected Cost: $15,733 + airfare Housing Options: Residence Hall
Areas of Study: History, International Relations, Political Science, Social Work
Program Description:

Find the Chennai, India course listings here.

About Chennai


Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is a 367-year-old city on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is India's fourth largest city and a major center for car, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries.

Madras was one of the first outposts of British East India Company. The British built Fort St. George (today the legislative and administrative seat of the state), which was completed on St George's day in 1640 (April 23rd) and so was named after the patron saint. George Town then developed into the modern city of Madras. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, is associated with Chennai. He is said to have come to India as an evangelist and died in what is now Chennai. Two suburbs, Santhome and St. Thomas Mount, are named in his memory.


Chennai is an important center for Carnatic Music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The Tamil film industry, one of the largest film industries in India, is based in the city, which also has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important center for the Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form.

Madras Christian College

main admin bldgMadras Christian College (MCC) was founded in 1837 by Scottish missionaries. The College is known as much for its academic standing and leadership building as it is for social commitment. It is one of the oldest institutes of higher education in the Indian subcontinent and is affiliated with the University of Madras, although it is autonomous. In fact, the college was among the first institutions in India to be granted autonomy in 1978.

Today, the College has approximately 4,500 students and more than 220 faculty members serving in 31 departments. Ranked among the Top Ten Liberal Arts and Science Colleges in India, MCC has a rating of A+ (equivalent to 90-95%) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The college has 16 departments that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various disciplines such as liberal arts, humanities, science and business.

Madras Christian College also boasts of a long list of famous alumni that include the former president of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan; the former Finance Minister of India, P Chidambaram; and tennis star Leander Paes.As BCA Chennai student, you will enroll in courses in the following departments:
  • The Department of Social Work
  • The Department of History
  • The Department of Political Science
  • The Department of Business Administration

Field Placements

kids-waiving.jpgBCA Chennai offers a Field Placement for credit for Social Work and non-Social Work majors. This is an opportunity to get beyond the classroom and fully integrate into Indian society. The Field Placement is offered by MCC's Department of Social Work and is supervised by a professor (MSW), who will handle your bi-weekly reviews, assessments and reports. Total number of hours – 200 hours
Total number of credits - 6 (same as required by the MCC’s Department of Social Work for social work majors)

BCA Chennai students complete field placements with local Non-Government Organization (NGO), non-profit or community-based organizations in the city of Chennai and in the vicinity of the college in an area called Tambaram. The field placement opportunity is a valuable experience for social work and non-social work majors alike and offers an inside view of how non-profit organizations respond to the socio-economic challenges facing Indian society.

The Field Placement schedule for BCA students is based on the time table of the two courses students select. Students will be able to select one agency from a list of four to six agencies that students visit at the beginning of the semester. BCA works with students to match their placement interests with identified agencies once they are accepted into the program.

Examples of field placement agencies include:

Family Life Institute (FLI)

highfive.jpgFounded in 1971 as part of the aim to realize the College objective of “social relevance,” this service unit of MCC has grown from an initial focus on the displaced community of Mappedu (which was adjacent to the campus) to providing several services to the many localities that have developed in the area. A primary school, medical clinic, tailoring classes and community development activities with the local women are the main thrust of the Center.

Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO)

Established in 1994, this registered voluntary organization works out of concern for marginalized and exploited women in difficult circumstances in India. They work with commercial sex workers and their clients, the transgender community and in the field of STD/HIV/AIDS prevention. A recent initiative has been interventions with the large homeless community in central Chennai to improve overall socio-economic conditions.

Women In Need (WIN) Foundation

Women In Need (WIN) Foundation is an initiative formed and registered in 2003, founded by a group of women activists with the aim to achieve comprehensive empowerment of women and children in the most vulnerable sections of the local community. WIN Foundation provides educational support, runs child development centers and works with the local tribal communities on development projects.

Student Life

Madras Christian College attracts students from all over the world. This diverse student body adds to your inter-cultural experience and provides more opportunities for you to learn.There are several clubs and student organizations at Madras Christian College that BCA students can join based on your interests.

Student Housing

womens dorm.JPGBCA students live on campus in student housing in air conditioned rooms that are furnished with a single bed, closet, desk and chair. Women are housed in Martin and Margaret Hall while men are housed in Thomas Hall.  Each Hall has a Warden who is in charge of the hall.  Students take their meals in the common dining room at each Hall. They will also have a small kitchenette to use as needed.

Local Transportation

Students use the many forms of local transportation available at their doorstep—suburban train, share autos, buses—to travel to their placement sites or across the city with their friends and explore Chennai’s offerings.



Discover India with BCA! You will travel with your fellow BCA students to many amazing locations in India and enjoy opportunities to learn about India’s rich culture, history and traditions. Academic excursions, which require students to submit a one to two page reflection paper, include:
  • Delhi, India’s capital and a visit to one of the world’s largest mosques
  • The city of Agra, where you will learn the history of the world famous Taj Mahal and its unique architecture
  • Hyderabad: a glimpse into the history of the main southern Muslim kingdom and its modern day metamorphosis.
  • Other possible cities you may visit include Madurai where some of India’s famous temples are located, Mamallapuram, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and Pondicherry, a former French colony.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/14/2018 09/21/2018 01/07/2019 04/19/2019