Study Abroad in Hyderabad, India

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Study Abroad in Hyderabad: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: anthropology, art history, business, communications, cultural studies, dance, economics, fine arts, Hindi, history, information technology, Islamic studies, literature, management, media studies, philosophy, politics, religion, social science, Sanskrit, Telugu, Urdu and gender studies

The University of Hyderabad established the Study in India Program (SIP) in 1998: an interdisciplinary program of courses designed especially for international students which emphasize heritage, continuity and change in India.

The Traditional Academic Program consists of SIP courses and regular university courses and is available as a spring or fall semester. The Community Engagement Program (CEP) is available in the fall only. All courses are taught in English. AIFS encourages students on the Traditional Academic Program to take a language course in order to make the most of their study abroad opportunity in India and to help them to adapt and integrate to Indian life both inside and outside the university. Students participating in the CEP are required to take a language course in Telugu or Hindi.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to take SIP electives designed especially for study abroad students together with regular university courses taught in English alongside Indian students. SIP course subjects include anthropology, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology and gender studies as well as languages including Hindi, Telugu and Urdu. University course subject fields include humanities and social science, management and IT, science, technology, engineering and math. Additionally, students with a specific interest in a topic can request an Independent Study to be confirmed in agreement with university faculty.

The regular course load is 4 courses worth 4 credits each for a total of 16 semester credits. Each course meets for 60 contact hours. Students are encouraged to take a language course and are required to take at least one regular university course.

*Students with a 2.5 GPA or higher will be considered on a case by case basis.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.75 GPA
Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors

The objective of this service learning program, available only in the fall semester, is to develop students’ understanding of the current issues impacting community life in India and to learn about a people-centered approach to social change. Students will be placed with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and will experience first-hand the role of NGOs in various development initiatives in the local community while earning academic credit.

The CEP carries a total of 16 credits, comprising a 4-credit Community Engagement theory and practice course, a 4-credit language course (Hindi or Telugu depending on the location of the NGO) plus two other 4-credit courses which students can select from the Traditional Academic Program (SIP courses) or the university course list.

Students wishing to join the CEP must be aged 20 or above by the start of the program and be in their third year of study. Students interested in this option must apply and be accepted into the Traditional Academic Program first and then complete an additional application for the Community Engagement Program. Further information is available from the AIFS Admissions Officer.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall Semester up to 16 2.75 GPA
Open to college juniors and seniors aged 20 and over

University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad, one of India’s premier institutions of post graduate teaching and research, was established by an act of parliament in 1974 as a Central University, wholly financed by the University Grants Commission. The university’s scenic and serene campus spreads over 2,300 acres, 12 miles from the city of Hyderabad. Amid the scenic environment of the campus, several buildings catering to the academic needs, support facilities and residential requirements of the campus community have been constructed over the years.

In the last 20 years, faculty have been involved in the conceptualization and development of the Study in India Program (SIP), which is the only program of its kind in an Indian university and designed specifically for international students studying in India. SIP emphasizes the study of the culture and heritage of India along with providing insights into India’s emergence as an economic power and a leader in scientific and technological innovations.

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