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Fact Sheet:
Housing Type: Apartment, Homestay Class Status: 3. Junior
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 3.0
Areas of Study: Art History, Art Therapy, Communication, Computer Science, Dance, English, History, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio Art, Visual Communications Application Cancellation/Withdrawal Fee: $50
Program Description:


Spiritual, beautiful, and home to nearly 1.2 billion people, the vibrancy and sheer scale of India is priceless. Combining a robust curriculum with genuine intercultural experiences, you’ll earn credit towards your major/minor while exploring the cultural and economic significance of the largest democracy on earth. Situated at the gateway between northern and southern India, Hyderabad’s location will give you fascinating insight into the linguistic, culinary, political, religious, and cultural diversity of the region.

Study abroad in Hyderabad and you will:
  • Choose from an extensive course options with unique courses for students majoring in the following areas: English Literature, Political Science, South Asian History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and the Visual Arts. There are notable options for students needing coursework in Biology and Biochemistry
  • Learn traditional Indian music instrumental play, vocal  dance and Henna Designs  through classes conducted by experts. Student can also learn the basics of Indian culinary practice.
  • Visit ancient mosques, temples, religious centers, and Golconda Fort; participate in required group excursions to expand students’ understanding of India
  • Enjoy Yoga classes and local certification at the yoga center right on campus
  • Partake in the Hindi, Telugu, Urdu or Sanskrit language peer tutor program

Founded more than 35 years ago, the University of Hyderabad was the first federally funded university in the southern part of India. In 2010, the university was ranked #1 in India by the Times of India. The University has over  400 faculty,  over 5000 full-time students, and eight schools: chemistry; life sciences; mathematics and computer and information sciences; physics; humanities; social sciences; management studies; and performing arts, fine arts, and communication. The campus is located approximately  45 minutes from the downtown area by public transportation. The campus is quite large with many acres of arid landscape and wildlife typical of the region.


Hyderabad, known as the City of Pearls, is the fourth largest cosmopolitan city in India and is at the heart of India’s rapidly developing global economy. It is a city where North Indian and South Indian cultures meet in a unique mixture of Hindu and Muslim traditions. The city, once ruled by bejeweled Nizams from opulent palaces, is now a global hub for biotechnology, amazing food, and a travel destination for domestic travelers to absorb its unique architecture and art. The city is an urban mix of construction, music, clothing shops, inconceivable traffic, food bazaars, department stores, global businesses, and city sprawl.


Students must be a second-semester sophomore to apply for the Arts and Sciences program in Hyderabad, and must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0. Students who do not meet these requirements are not eligible for admission.

Students will enroll in four courses worth four (4) U.S. credits each, and may elect to take these courses in the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad (UH) or through UH directly. Developed in conjunction with UH, courses in SIP are specially designed courses for international students to discover Indian society, history, and culture. 

Students are required to attend all classes and participate in class discussions. Students are given tests, quizzes, homework, seminars, tutorials, and term papers, as well as a three-hour final exam at the end of each semester. Per SIP guidelines, students are expected to have 100% attendance in their academic classes to be permitted to sit for the final exam. However, excused absence on health grounds is permitted upon doctor certification.

For a complete listing of courses, please click here.

The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: TBA
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA  
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: TBA

The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: TBA
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: TBA
Housing and Meals

Study abroad students have the choice of two housing options. 

Residence Halls: Students electing to live in residence halls will live in Tagore International House. Students live in double rooms with an international exchange roommate on the university campus. Students have access to a common dining room, computer lab, laundry facilities, and a cafeteria that serves Indian and some western dishes. Tagore House is 1.8 miles from central campus. Students ride bicycles, take the university shuttle, or walk to and from class. Students have a full meal plan when living at Tagore House.

Home stays: Students seeking to fully experience Indian culture firsthand are encouraged to live with a host family. Students usually eat breakfast and a vegetarian dinner with the family, and receive monthly stipends for lunch and transportation to the university, no more than 12 miles away.

Student Life

Undertake daily yoga practice at the yoga center located on campus, study classical Indian music through Sitar and Tabla lessons, the North Indian classical dance Kathak and Henna design. The study center also organizes a cooking class where you’ll have the opportunity to learn a combination of Hyderabadi, North and South Indian cuisines. During Fall semester study center organizes trip to folk goddess temple during local festival and visit to biggest Ganesha Idol in Hyderabad city. Students also get opportunities to celebrate Sankranthi festival by flying kites and  ‘Holi’ (festival of colors)  during Spring semester.

In addition, students will have opportunities to partake in multiple excursions. These include visits to Mysore, Byllakuppe  and Melkote, and to saree weavers (entrepreneurs) or Hampi (a world heritage centre and the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India) and Badami.  Explore Buddhist and Jain temples in Karnataka, and Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh . In the past study abroad students have also taken trips to NGOs that work with women and children in rural parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Health and Safety

All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here. 

Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency. 

For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page. 

Student Visas

All students studying abroad in India must obtain a student visa prior to traveling. The student application for India can be found at the following website: Here

Processing Times
Visa processing times vary by country. Though some consulates are able to provide student visas in as little as two days, others may take as long as two months. We advise all students to review the timelines of their host country, and plan accordingly. Processing times can be found on the India Consulate NY

The current cost to obtain a Indian visa is provided at the end of the application. To ensure you are making the correct payment amount, and paying by the correct method (credit card, cash or money order), please visit the consulate website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/09/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.