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August 28, 2018 

One study abroad program celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer; another deployed its first students. Both were transformative for the Tar Heels who took part.

Students in the new UNC Summer in Malawi program visited UNC-Project-Malawi, a research, care and training program established by Carolina and the Malawi Ministry of Health in 1999. (photo courtesy of UNC Project-Malawi and Eunice Sahle)

Asian studies faculty members Afroz Taj and John Caldwell reached a major milestone this summer — celebrating two decades of taking UNC-Chapel Hill students on a study abroad experience to India.

The UNC Summer in India program is one of the longest-running faculty-led programs offered to U.S. college students. Taj and Caldwell have led about 300 students through the program over 20 consecutive years.

Taj first left his home country of India 37 years ago, but he says the experience of returning there with students never gets boring. Each year is fun and different.


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