General Information

Location
Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, India

Language of Instruction
English; the program will also give an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with some local languages.

Housing and Food
Accommodation close to the campus with all adequate amenities for foreign students is available. Students wishing for a different experience may also stay as paying guests with families. Meals are available at the Café on campus. There are also a number of restaurants catering to all palates throughout the city.

General Facilities
Internet connectivity may be available at the housing facility. There are also a number of hot spots and cyber cafés close by. First-Aid is available on campus and there are doctors and health facilities in the vicinity.

Eligibility
Students may apply individually or through a consortium of universities. 
Level: College students, freshmen through seniors, graduates, adults and teachers. No prior formal training required. 

Programme Dates
Semester Abroad Program: Sessions begin July 1st, August 15th, October 1st, January 15th, March 1st, and April 15th.
Independent Study Program: Throughout the year

Deadline for Application
Semester Abroad Program: 3 months before start of program
Independent Study Program: Throughout the year

Health and Safety

Health Services

Darpana strives to maintain a clean and hygienic campus to ensure the health and safety of the members of its community. In case of a minor accident, injury or minor illness, a first-aid kit and over-the-counter medication is available for anyone who may need them. There are a number of first-rate hospitals with world-class medical services in the area for students who need to see a doctor or need urgent medical attention. Some of these include Samved Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Sterling Hospital. These are located between 10 and 25 minutes away from Darpana. Darpana aids all students in case of an illness or emergency by providing transportation to and from the doctor or hospital, and a companion to the student for any assistance.

Students are advised to read up on any ongoing viruses or epidemics that may be affecting this region of the world in order to take any required precautions. International students are also advised to read up on material to be informed about any vaccinations they might need. Embassies and organizations in the west often go over the top in recommending vaccinations, many of which are unnecessary. However, vaccines against Typhoid and Hepatitis-A are recommended. Anti Malaria pills (which may be prescribed by a local physician in India) and anti-bite lotion are recommended.

Public Safety
Darpana maintains a zero-tolerance policy against violence and harassment of any kind. Darpana has guards on duty who make frequent rounds of the campus 24 hours a day. The campus is also a private space – therefore no one outside the Darpana community enters without signing in at the guards desk.

Darpana’s guest houses / student apartments are located only a few minutes walk away form the campus. Campus guards are available to escort students to the apartments between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. There have been no incidents of violent crime reported in Darpana’s surroundings in the past few years.

Student Code of Conduct

DIPAC’s regulations governing student conduct safeguard the academic values and common welfare of the student body and promote the best possible environment for study, and the personal and profes­sional development of artists. Membership in the Darpana community is regarded as a privilege, and the student is expected to exercise self-­discipline and good judgment at all times. By enrolling, the student acknowledges the academy's authority to define and enforce standards of acceptable conduct. Adjudication of alleged student misconduct is the responsibility of the Office of the Dean of Students and is addressed in either administrative or committee hearings.

Sanctions for violation of the Student Code of Conduct range from verbal warning up to and including suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Institutional policy also provides that a student may be required to withdraw from the academy for psychological and/or health reasons due to circumstances deemed by the Dean of Students to be disruptive or considered a hindrance to the academy.

Prohibited behavior at Darpana includes, but is not limited to the following:

    1. Academic dishonesty or misconduct including, but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism;
    2. Non-academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property, forgery, and falsification of information provided to any academy official;
    3. Conduct that threatens the physical or psychological health and/or safety of any person (including the person committing the act) or the sanctity of the campus, including, but not limited to physical or sexual assault;
    4. Damage to public, private, personal or institutional property;
    5. Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, admin­istration, disciplinary procedures, other institutional activities or activities authorized to take place on institutional property;
    6. Disorderly conduct including acts that breach the peace;
    7. Non-compliance with the directions of academy, local, state or federal officials performing official duties, including failure to give proper identification when requested;
    8. Violation of a student's rights or privileges and verbal or written harassment, discrimination, abuse and/or disrespect of any person; and
    9. Violation of the statutes, laws, ordinances and/or regulations of the City of Ahmedabad, Gujarat (or other states, when applicable) and India.