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CIEE Art and Sciences Program in Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad, India
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre Arts Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Program Type: Affiliated, Internship Academic Level: Junior
Language of Instruction: English, Hindi Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family
Program Description:


Spiritual, beautiful, and home to some 1.2 billion people, the vibrancy and sheer scale of India is peerless. And with CIEE study abroad in Hyderabad, it’s yours to discover.

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 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
The CIEE Difference


From Anthropology and Sociology, to Communications and Chemistry, Performing Arts and Hindi Language, you’ll find a wide range of courses that satisfy your requirements and pique you interest. Explore the relationship between philosophy and religion in India; try your hand at traditional Kuchipudi Dance; study the role of NGOs in the country or look at the sociology of gender in a variety of elective and direct enrolment options.

Cultural Activities

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.


During the semester you’ll visit 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.


Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours and total recommended credit for the academic year is 32 semester/48 quarter hours. Students are not permitted to take more or less than the prescribed course load.

Course contact hours are 60 and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

A mandatory course load for one semester is four courses. Study abroad students 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. Independent/directed study courses, in which a faculty member supervises readings, field study, and/or research focused on a topic, are also available as direct enrollment courses at the University. Students interested in this option need to provide email confirmation from their study abroad advisor during the on-site registration process while in India.

About Hyderabad

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.

Where You’ll Study

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.

Housing & Meals

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 Homestays— The group homestay 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 homestay with approximately two to three other CIEE study abroad students. In the group homestay, 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.

Housing either in the Tagore International House or in homestays is not provided between semesters. Academic year study abroad students who remain in Hyderabad during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time. Depending upon availability of housing students can opt Tagore house but meals arrangement has to be made by the student.

Academic Program

The academic program is offered in collaboration with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad which essentially serves as the administrative and academic hub for all foreign students enrolled at the university. SIP, provides international students the opportunity to study various aspects of Indian society, history, and culture through its specific curriculum and creates an environment on campus that is supportive of international students. SIP is nationally recognized by the Ministry of Education in India for its international education model. The CIEE Study Center at the University of Hyderabad offers students a combination of specially designed courses organized by SIP coupled with direct enrollment options in regular University courses.

Academic Culture

The University of Hyderabad is an undergraduate and graduate-level Indian university. This designation is somewhat different than in the U.S. system but does not provide a barrier to undergraduates. The B.A. degree in India is three years in duration. M.A. students in their first year of study are roughly at an equivalent level to a senior at a U.S. university. Because the University of Hyderabad primarily provides graduate education, CIEE study abroad students should expect a good deal of independent work in each direct enrollment class, including, but not limited to, reading all of the books and articles in the suggested readings list for each course. As the academic classroom environment in all direct enrollment courses at the University is vastly different from classes in the U.S., students should enroll in these courses with an open mind and be prepared for minimal classroom discussion and in-depth lectures from their professors. Due to regulations and limited resources in the University library, students should also be prepared to do most of their research by accessing their home institution library database online.

CIEE students primarily take their classes from the arts, social sciences, and humanities departments, though students interested in studying science are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program. The student body is made up mostly of Indian students drawn from all over the country creating a diverse environment that is microcosm of modern India. Classes are relatively small and are taught through lecture. Some but not all professors welcome discussion and active student participation in direct enrollment classes. SIP courses are similar to courses found at U.S. universities. Many faculty members who teach specialized courses for  SIP have experience teaching American students and have advanced degrees from foreign institutions.

Academic year study abroad students have a two to three-week break during the month of December.