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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 will take four courses and are required to take one language course and the choices are Hindi, Urdu, Telugu or Sanskrit at the appropriate level, as well as three additional courses either through the Study in India Program or by directly matriculating in regular University courses.

It is recommended that students take two courses offered by SIP. These have been designed specifically for international students and are structured like classes taught in the U.S. CIEE strongly encourages each student to directly enroll in at least one course at the University with local Indian students to ensure that they benefit from this unique cross-cultural opportunity. Students may enroll in more than one direct enrollment course, but they should be prepared for differences in course structure and delivery of information by the faculty.

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

Study abroad students have the choice of two housing options. Meals are included with both options. Although every attempt is made to grant each student’s preference, roommate and housing assignments are based upon availability and other factors. Therefore, housing preferences cannot be guaranteed. Housing options include:

Tagore International House—The Tagore International House provides furnished, air conditioned single and double occupancy rooms on the University of Hyderabad campus. The Tagore International House also includes a common dining room, a small computer facility, TV room, and laundry facilities with washers. Food is of an excellent standard with many vegetarian options. While most of the food is Indian, some western food items are also available. As Tagore International House is 1.8 miles from the central campus, students typically ride bicycles, use university shuttle service or walk to travel to and from class.

Group Home stays— The group home stay option is best for students who prefer to live with a small group of students in a secure and friendly environment. Participants live with an Indian family in a home stay with approximately two to three other CIEE study abroad students. In the group home stay, students share a double room and bath.

CIEE currently works with two homestay families who can accommodate a total of six students. Students usually eat breakfast and vegetarian dinner with the family and are given monthly stipends for lunch and transportation to and from the University. There are reasonably priced cafeterias on campus for lunch. Two Homestay families live three to four miles from campus and the third family lives approximately 12 miles from campus. Sharing in the life of a family through a homestay provides an excellent opportunity for interested students to experience various aspects of Indian culture.

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.

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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.