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Program Snapshot

Students who attend University of Hyderabad have the unique opportunity to experience life in India, both inside the classroom and out. Students take classes in a variety of different fields, including the very popular Study in India Program (SIP), an inter-disciplinary program that offers course options such as the study of Indian languages, social sciences, humanities and performing arts. Students also have many opportunities to join clubs, attend educational seminars and participate in a number of excursions and fieldtrips. Whether it's experiencing the Taj Mahal first-hand or practicing yoga with an expert, University of Hyderabad offers an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

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Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, is the point where Northern and Southern Indian languages meet and where Hindu and Islamic civilizations mingle. Hyderabad's rich tradition in art/poetry, calligraphy, architecture, dance and music is an old regional strength. Modern urban Hyderabad's information technology base, enterprising financial institutions, and trend-setting youth cultures bring this vigor into a new landscape.

The University's scenic campus is one of the largest in India and students will have the option to rent bicycles to make commute around campus easier. The campus is rich with foliage and is home to peacocks and beautiful birds. Special features include the aptly named Peacock Lake and the iconic Mushroom Rock. Public transport (buses and autorickshaws) are easily accessible outside the gates of the University, and some buses come inside the campus. The SIP or Tagore International House staff can assist you with reserving a taxi.

ISEP Direct academic year, semester, or summer

ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: July to late April/early May; Semester 1: July to early December; Semester 2: late December/early January to late April/early May.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2016: $3,950
Full Year 16-17: $16,500
Semester 1 16-17: $9,550
Semester 2 16-17: $9,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 1, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Summer Program
Study both traditional and modern influences in India through this dynamic six-week program. Discover Hyderabad, the culture capital of Andhra Pradesh, while exploring picturesque historical monuments, a burgeoning IT industry, and everything in between. Situated on 2,300 acres of rolling hills on the outskirts of the city, University of Hyderabad is one of Indiaís most attractive and well-equipped campuses.
See summer program information

Fast Facts
Hyderabad, India (pop. 6.5 million)
Student Enrollment: 3,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
Course Offerings
Study in India Program
Pre-departure orientation webinar
ISEP Student Blog!

Course offerings include English Literature, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, Sanskrit, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communication (which include Television Production), Comparative Literature, Computer Sciences, Dance, Economics, Electronics, History, Management, Mathematics, Painting, Philosophy, Physics, Plant and Animal Sciences, Political Science, Sculpture, Sociology, Statistics, Theater, and Translation Studies. Interdisciplinary courses include Cognitive Sciences, Earth Sciences, Folk Culture, High Energy Materials, Human Rights, Indian Diaspora, Nanotechnology, Regional Studies, Simulation and Modeling, Womenís Studies, etc.

Academic Notes
All courses and official and administrative issues will be handled in the Study in India (SIP) Office, which is located in the South Campus. The average course is worth 4 credits, and the typical course load is 4 courses per semester.

There are four types of courses:
  • Regular University courses (along with the Indian Students) in different schools/departments/centers.
  • Independent/directed study where a faculty member supervises readings, field study, and research focused on a specific topic. To partake in an independent study, the student must submit a written request to SIP staff. This option is only recommended for highly motivated students.
  • Courses involving practice/performance, e.g. Indian Classical Dance, Theater, Music, Painting, Sculpture, etc.
  • Non-credit courses such as Yoga, Tabla, Kathak, etc.
Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Semester 1 transcripts are sent in January; Semester 2 and full year transcripts are sent in May.

Language Notes
Language Courses: Indian language courses (Hindi, Telegu, Urdu, and Sanskrit) are offered during the academic year for all levels.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 80 iBT/ 560 PBT/ 220 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.5
Other tests accepted: None
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes, included in ISEP benefits.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
ISEP Direct semester/full year students must have junior or senior status with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Sophomores are welcome to apply for the summer program.

Hints for Researching Courses
Course registration at Hyderabad is different from most other countries. When international students arrive on campus, the first few weeks are spent visiting with the deans of the desired academic departments to negotiate a course schedule for the semester. If the department does not currently offer a desired course, an independent study is often arranged or the Study in India Program department may develop a class that several international students could take. Students need to be very flexible and prepared to communicate with their academic advisor back home during the first few weeks to determine a suitable course load.

The "Course Offerings" link provided above gives you an idea of the types of courses that Hyderabad has offered in the past. Please use this list to formulate your own tentative course request list for the ISEP application keeping in mind that upon your arrival at Hyderabad you will then negotiate a finalized course schedule.

Housing and Meals
All ISEP students live in the Tagore International House (TIH), which is located just down the street from the Study in India Program building. Each room houses two students and each floor has a common bathroom. The TIH has a computer room, an open lounge, and a recreation room. All students receive a meal plan and dine on the first floor of the TIH. The meals are primarily Indian and vegetarian, and bottled water is provided at all times.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses, including books, are estimated at: $200 per month or $1,000 per semester. Students who plan to travel extensively should budget additional funds.

All important information will be provided in detail during the orientation session. The ISEP coordinator will also advise each ISEP student concerning their planned course of study before the student registers. Other specific examples of what will be covered during orientation include:
  • Information Session on Daily Life in India
  • City Tour and Campus Orientation
  • Visa Information Session
  • Safety in India Session
  • Visa/Police Registration Information Session
  • Medical Assessment
  • Course Registration & Advising Session
Airport pickup will be provided. Please contact the ISEP Coordinator at Hyderabad for more information.

Student Activities
Students have access to sports facilities available on campus where they play football, volleyball, cricket, and also indoor games like chess, badminton, and table tennis. Students also have free access to all the cultural programs on campus.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
There are currently no formal volunteer opportunities or service learning opportunities available for students. However, should students express an interest in a particular kind of volunteering, faculty members who have contacts with the appropriate NGOs and government organizations are happy to informally advise students.

The first Central (federally funded) University to be established in Southern India (in 1974), the University of Hyderabad is a premier postgraduate and research university, with over 300 faculty and 3000 students. It was recognized by the National Information System for Science & Technology in 1999 as the only "High Output-High Impact" university among the top 10 academic institutions in India. The University Grants Commission of India has placed the University of Hyderabad in a group of the nationís top five "Universities with Potential for Excellence". The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded the highest rating (A*****) to the University.

The University's Study in India Program (SIP) is an interdisciplinary initiative that emphasizes heritage, continuity and change in India. The unique aspect of SIP has been that the studentsí interests have been given primary attention. One-on-one counseling via e-mail, contact prior to arrival and in person, meeting after arrival, provided by the SIP faculty and student counselors, lead to a good match between studentsí preferences and the courses they take. In some cases, independent studies are devised for SIP students.

What Past Students have to Say
"I learned so much about looking at the world through a different set of eyes. I became more independent, but also better able to connect with others. It was an experience that I will never forget." --Eden Rouse, East Carolina University