Study Abroad in Hyderabad, India

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Study Abroad in Hyderabad: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

International Student Residence Hall

The comfortable student residence hall is on campus and designed especially for study abroad students.

  • Shared double room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shared dining room, computer room, common room, and T.V. room
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Includes 3 meals per day in the residence dining room
  • A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplemental fee which will be confirmed upon arrival.

Internet access is included at the student residence hall

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of regular activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Indian life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Hyderabad city tour – take a bus, car, or auto ride into the city center to visit the stone Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar lake and the gleaming white marble Balaji temple overlooking it.
  • Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs - climb the medieval granite fort of the Qutb Shahi kings to get a bird’s eye view of the city and explore the beautiful tomb complex.
  • Chowmahalla Palace and Charminar – visit the “old city” of Hyderabad to see the iconic four-minaret building that is considered the heart of Hyderabad. Also explore the palace of the erstwhile ruler of Hyderabad State, once considered the richest man in the world.
  • Visits to local markets and bazaars – explore the bylanes of Laadbazar and shop at the traditional bangle, pearl, and perfume shops in the area. Also visit a craft market to buy arts and crafts from the region and go fabric shopping to discover an Aladdin’s cave of Indian textiles.
  • Visits to local IT companies or NGOs to get a glimpse of India’s technology and development sectors.
  • Indian cooking lessons – learn about Indian spices and cooking techniques when you cook a meal in a Hyderabadi home.
  • Festival celebrations – celebrate local festivals with us: dancing with traditional dancing sticks during Dasera, visiting brightly lit and decorated “pandals” at the Ganesh festival, or going crazy with color for Holi.
  • Weaving Co-operative – take a day trip to a village to visit the home of traditional weavers and watch them weave intricate patterns in cotton and silk.
  • Visit a pioneering village that is in the forefront of sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Join locals on heritage walks around the city, exploring old buildings, bazaars, and the lanes of Hyderabad
  • Experience Hyderabad’s religious diversity with visits to a temple, church, mosque and sufi shrine
  • Join the Sunday climbers on hiking trips to explore the distinctive millenia-old rock formations of Telangana.
  • Participate in local cultural events – lectures, plays, art exhibitions, films or hikes.

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Clubs and Facilities

The university has a 24-hour first aid facility, a gym, tennis courts, and a soccer field. All university students – including Study Abroad students – can access these facilities for free with a student ID. SIP also organizes a free yoga class for all students.

Student clubs on campus include film clubs, music club, a soccer league, hiking and climbing groups, a photography club, among many others. An on-campus, student run community radio station provides students with an interest in broadcasting an opportunity to participate.

Volunteering Program

Volunteer opportunities with local organizations are available in Hyderabad. Visits to Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations based in the area can be arranged upon request. More information about this will be given on arrival in Hyderabad.

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 new home! I lived in the U.S. for 12 years and received a graduate degree in Media Studies from Penn State University. I also have a PhD in Communication 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 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.

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