Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai sits on Salsette Island at the mouth of the Ulhas River on the western coast of India. The city faces the Arabian Sea to the west, with many parts of Mumbai lying just above sea level. Originally an ancient fishing community and colonial center of trade, Mumbai has become the most populous city in India and the fourth most populous city in the world.
Due to its history as a major trading center, Mumbai is considered the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a diverse group of cultures, religions and cuisines co-existing in the city. Sixteen major languages of India are spoken in Mumbai, most common being Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, and English. English is extensively spoken and is the principal language of the city's white-collar workforce.
You will study and take a local culture course at St. Xavier's College, which was built in the Jesuit tradition and has been rated as the best college in India for the arts, and second-best for commerce and science.
Housing and Meals
You will stay at the YWCA International Centre, a guesthouse situated in southern Mumbai. Each student will stay in a double room that comes with its own bathroom. Two meals per day are included.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, internship and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.