Study Abroad in Hyderabad, India

Living Abroad - January Term 2020

AIFS in Hyderabad Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Dr. Sumana Kasturi

Phone: 91-40-23132808/2301290

Namaste! - that's hello in Hindi; but I also speak English, Telugu and Urdu. I'm excited to introduce you to the incredible diversity you'll find here in Hyderabad.

I was born in Illinois, but moved to India when I was very young. As my father was a professor at the University of Hyderabad, I lived on the campus for 10 years, so I am extremely familiar with the place that will be your temporary home! I also lived in the U.S. for 12 years so have experience in both education systems. I have an MA in Media Studies and Education from Penn State University and a PhD in Communications from the University of Hyderabad. I fully understand the adjustment you will experience as you acclimate to this new culture - you can think of me as your chief go-to person, coordinator, mediator, guide and friend while you are staying here in India.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals

Student Residence
You will stay in the International Student Residence on campus with other AIFS students. The residence is basic but comfortable and includes:

  • Shared dining room, computer room and common room as well as laundry facilities
  • Double rooms (single rooms available for a supplemental fee)
  • 3 meals a day in the cafeteria

A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee. Please check with your AIFS Admissions Officer.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Indian culture, various activities will be organized such as:

  • Guided city tour of Hyderabad
  • Indian cooking lessons
  • Indian dance lessons
  • Walking tours
  • Museum visits

Please note that students may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.