St. Xavier's College

St. Xavier’s College, located in Mumbai, India, is one of the most highly ranked and highly respected liberal arts colleges in the country. The college was built in 1869 using an ornate Indo-Gothic style of architecture, which has earned it recognition as a heritage site.

Academic Programming

Academic sessions are led by prominent speakers including the former justice of the Bombay High Court. Students have also learned about rural empowerment and inequality in Indian cinema.

Cultural Activities

Activities in years past have included visits to famous monuments such as the Gateway of India, tours of the Elephant Caves, excursions to religious sites such as the Siddhivinayak Temple and Jumma Masjid, and rides in a Victorian horse drawn carriage.

Social Events

Social events include celebrating Holi, visiting Malabar Hills, night touring Marine Drive and Victoria Terminus Station, and walking along Rampart Row.

I will never forget my time in Mumbai. It was full of exciting places, opportunities to learn about a different country, heavenly food, and, most importantly, absolutely wonderful people. I visited ancient ruins like Elephanta Caves, learned about India’s economic and political issues such as the extreme poverty in the rural areas, experienced everyday life in urban India, and never ate so much delicious food in my entire life. But the experience that stands out the most is the down time I spent with the other delegates. One day we played Holi at a delegate’s house (we had missed the actual festivities), then we went to the beach where a delegate’s little brother taught us how to play cricket. Overall, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Spring Break than in Mumbai with HCAP.
Patrick Ramirez, Harvard '20
Mumbai, March 2018