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CIEE Art and Sciences Program in Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/15/2016 03/25/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Hindi, Urdu
Class Eligibility:
3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options:
Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 4.0 Academic Area of Study: Anthropology, Art & Art History, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, English, Film Studies, History, International Business and Management, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology
Foreign Laguage Prerequisite:
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The program is designed for students with a desire to understand the complexities and paradoxes of the world's largest democracy. Students have the opportunity to explore India's cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition. This program is also ideal for a student who would like to do a service project, participate in volunteer work or undertake an internship.

For more information, please visit the CIEE Hyderabad website.

Note: You must apply and be accepted through Dickinson before finishing and submitting a partner program application. Partner program providers make all final admissions decisions. 

University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Founded more than 30 years ago, the University of Hyderabad was the first federally funded university in the southern part of India. The University has over 275 faculty, 2,700 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 30 to 45 minutes from the downtown area by public transportation, affording students a more tranquil environment outside of the city center to learn about student life in Andhra Pradesh.


The goal of the Arts and Sciences program is to enhance students' knowledge of India from interdisciplinary perspectives. The orientation in Hyderabad, combined with specialized and direct enrollment courses throughout the semester, enables participants to grasp the historic and cultural density of the largest democracy in the world. Situated at the gateway between northern and southern India, Hyderabad's location ensures that students gain insight into the linguistic, religious, and cultural diversity of the region--in a city undergoing massive physical and cultural transformation due to India's rapid ascension in the global economy.


This Partner program requires students to have:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A declared major at time of application

As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the required minimum GPA and language prerequisites, he or she may not be admitted.

Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.

Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation.

The academic program is offered in collaboration with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad. SIP provides international students the opportunity to study various aspects of Indian society, history, and culture, and creates an international environment on campus. 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 along with direct enrollment in regular University courses.

How is the academic culture different?

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 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. The student body is made up mostly of Indian students drawn from all over the country. 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 the SIP have experience teaching American students.

As no scheduled academic break exists in the University calendar, semester students are encouraged to travel following the program end date. Academic year students have a three-week break in December.

How many credits will I earn?

The mandatory courseload is 4 credits per semester, one of which will be a class in Hindi at your level. Students are not permitted to take more or less than 4 courses.

What other options are available for classes?

Your other three classes will be either through the Study in India Program or by directly matriculating in regular University courses. Students who already speak Hindi also have the option of taking one of the other local languages, Urdu or Telugu. In addition, all students have the option of taking Basic Sanskrit as an elective.
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. Of course, 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.

What can I study in Hyderabad?

You will be able to choose from extensive course options in social sciences, humanities, performing arts, life sciences, and computer/information sciences.

Subject areas include:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • Hindi Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Telugu Language
  • Theology
  • Urdu Language
  • Students may take yoga classes at the yoga center on campus and learn traditional Indian music and dance through classes conducted by experts.

Are there resources available to help with my Hindi or other language studies?

Program participants are paired with University of Hyderabad senior students for weekly one-on-one Hindi (or Telugu, Sanskrit, and Urdu) language tutorials.

What is the grading system like?

Students are required to attend all classes and participate to the satisfaction of the professor. The examination system is designed to systematically test the student’s progress in class, laboratory, and fieldwork through periodic evaluation. Students are given tests, quizzes, homework, seminars, tutorials, and term papers, as well as a three-hour final examination at the end of each semester. The final result in each course is calculated on the basis of these periodic assessments. Students that miss more than 25% of any class are not permitted to sit for their final exam and receive a failing grade for that class.

In terms of assessment, students need to begin their coursework in India with flexibility in mind given the fact that structured syllabi may not be available for all courses as faculty are not required to create formal syllabi. Additionally, assessment criteria for all direct enrollment courses may or may not be included on a given syllabus as dissemination of this information is also at the faculty member’s discretion. Given this, CIEE will intervene whenever possible to bridge these differences.

Will the courses count towards my major?

Many courses taken through CIEE can count towards your major. All students should check with their academic advisor on campus prior to course selection.

Generally speaking, courses must have an equivalent at Dickinson. Exceptions include classes that focus on the culture and/or history of the country in which the student is studying. Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework that duplicates what a student has already completed at Dickinson.

Will they count in my GPA?

Course will not count in your Dickinson GPA, but will appear on your Dickinson transcript.

What kind of excursions are available?

During orientation, students learn about Indian culture, history, and society through lectures and site visits (in four States of India) to such places as the Charminar, Golconda Fort, ancient mosques in Hyderabad, Mysore Maharaja's palace, Tipu Sultan's kingdom near Mysore, Chowmahalla Palace, and various temples.

To further acquaint students with parts of south India and to foster self-reflection, the program includes visits to Mysore and Melkote, and to saree weavers (entrepreneurs) or Hampi (a world heritage centre and the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India), or Visakhapatnam (a coastal city of cultural and religious diversity). Students are exposed to Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In the past students have also taken trips to NGOs that work with women and children in rural parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Students interested in undertaking daily yoga practice may do so at the yoga center located on campus. Opportunities are also available for students to study classical Indian music, critical thinking, classical instruments such as the Sitar and Tabla, and to study the North Indian classical dance Kathak. These are available as non-credit courses.

Part-time volunteer projects can be organized for highly motivated students, but are minimal due to the fact that students attend classes every day.

What expenses are covered during excursions?

Students’ lodging costs will be covered during overnight excursions.  Also, any meals that would not be otherwise covered by a standard meal stipend for all students on the program will be covered.  Group transportation to and from the excursion site, as well as group travel for all group activities will be covered.  Students will not be reimbursed for snacks, personal travel and personal activities during an academic excursion.

When will I find out where and when we’re travelling?

Specific dates for longer excursions will be announced at the beginning of the semester.  Local site visits in and around Hyderabad will be organized and announced during the semester.

Can a friend or family member who is not on the program also travel with us?

No, unfortunately, for logistical and academic reasons non program participants are not able to join the program for excursions.

What about independent travel?

Students must submit a completed Independent Travel Request Form two weeks prior to any independent travel, along with an independent travel release form. After submission, the resident staff considers each participant's request. Resident staff schedules meetings with the participant to discuss independent travel details once the forms have been completed.

*Note about independent travel following the program: If you wish to stay in India following the program, and beyond the Police Residential Permit (PRP) date issued by the program, you must leave the country and re-enter on a tourist visa following the departure date. This is required because the PRP is only issued by the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) after students arrive on site in Hyderabad, and in concert with each student’s enrollment at the University. You need to remember that these residency policies have nothing to do with visa validity as you may have student visa validity beyond residential permit but, as per the new laws of the FRRO, are required by law to depart India on or before the expiration of the PRP. Extension of your residential permit is also not permitted based on new immigration laws. If you are looking to travel following the program, you will be provided information about securing a tourist visa in Sri Lanka or Nepal following your program in Hyderabad.

Are excursions optional?

Not necessarily.  Some excursions may be linked to your academic program and, in some cases, content delivered through the excursion will be relevant to a student’s studies and assessment.  All students should plan to participate in all excursions.  If a student misses an excursion or a planned departure for a trip, these arrangements and costs will not be made up for the student.  It is each student’s responsibility to be where they need to be in order to participate fully in each academic excursion.

Is there a pre-departure orientation?

In addition to the mandatory pre-departure orientation at Dickinson, students begin their study abroad experience in Hyderabad before even leaving home--by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask any questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.

What about on-site orientation in Hyderabad?

CIEE staff organize a comprehensive mandatory orientation in Hyderabad that includes information on academic requirements, safety and security issues, a campus tour, an introduction to student facilities, academic conventions in India, and interactive workshops on cross-cultural issues. Gender issues are also discussed in a workshop to generate awareness. In addition, there are orientation sessions conducted at the University of Hyderabad, which introduce students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Hyderabad. Lectures by experts from different walks of life assist students in understanding the diversity of India and its traditional and contemporary relevance to the world.

In addition, the orientation includes an activity called Khojo Hyderabad. A Hindi word, Khojo means search. The premise of Khojo Hyderabad is to discover the city and its diverse offerings within a planned and timed schedule. Cultural programs and tours of the city and its vicinity also provide insight into the rich cultural heritage of the city. Orientation activities are mandatory for all students and an important part of students acclimating to life in India. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

CIEE believes that students learn most effectively abroad when they pursue specific learning goals, reflect on their own learning, and develop the skills to communicate effectively and appropriately in a culture different from their own. CIEE staff organize ongoing orientation activities that serve as an extension of the intercultural preparation that students learn during the initial orientation week. These ongoing orientation activities help students learn in three different goal areas: the Subjective Culture of the individual students (exploring U.S cultural values), Cultural Literacy (exploring other cultures and their values), and Bridging of these two cultures (learning concepts and intercultural communication skills).

What are the program dates?

The dates for the India program are often not announced until late. Students should note that the fall semester often begins in mid-July and spring often begins on our about December 26, though even these dates may change. Students need to prepare accordingly. Tentative program dates may be found here.

Is there a group flight?

Due to the small number of participants, there typically is not a group flight. It is up to students to individually arrange their travel to India.

What if my family wants to visit me?

The academic schedule is fairly packed and there is not much time for students to host visitors. Visits from family or friends should occur during academic breaks, so as not to disrupt your studies.

When will I have time to travel?

Likewise, students are expected to attend classes and other mandatory events. You may travel on your own during academic breaks. See the independent travel section under Academic Excursions for more information.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?

Yes, if your visa allows, but you should make other housing arrangements, as housing will not be provided to you outside the regular program dates. Your student visa is only valid during your program dates. If you plan to travel after you much apply for a travelers visa at least half way through the semester.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay Dickinson comprehensive fees to attend this program. The cost includes tuition and fees, room and board, local transportation, scheduled excursions and additional cultural activities, emergency medical insurance, CIEE travel insurance, and pre-departure and on-site orientation. However, airfare and visas are not included in this cost.
Students will receive two allowances: $500 for local transportation and $500 for additional cultural activities. These allowances totaling $1000 will be deducted from the Dickinson comprehensive fee when Student Accounts posts the student's bill. It will not be paid as a stipend.  The student is expected to take this money with him or her to the program site to be used toward these expenses.

How much extra money do I need to bring?

You know your own spending habits! Students should plan to bring spending money for personal activities, as well as the transportation and cultural activities allowances.

Will I receive a stipend?

No. You will need to arrange access to your allowance funds for the term before departure. If you are living in a homestay you will be given Rs. 7000 ($100) for on campus lunch and commuting expenses.

How will I access medical care while in India?

CIEE offers medical insurance that you can apply for during pre-departure orientation. You are given a travelers card that gives you access to medical care while in India.

Where will I live?

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--Specially designed for study abroad students at the University of Hyderabad, the Tagore International House provides furnished, air conditioned single and double occupancy rooms on the University of Hyderabad campus. Each wing has separate common bathrooms for men and women, as well as a common area used by students for studying or other activities. The Tagore International House also includes a common dining room, a small computer facility, TV room, and laundry facilities with washers. Food is of a very good 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 or walk to class each morning and evening.

Homestays--CIEE works with two homestay families who can accommodate a total of six students. Students usually eat breakfast and 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. Homestay families live three to four 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. Families often encourage their students to join them in preparing meals, in trips to a temple or market, to attend a wedding or similar function, and in regular conversation in the language that the student is studying.

How will I access the Internet?

Students have Internet access at various places on campus, including a common computer facility at the Tagore International House dormitory, the CIEE Study Center office, the computer center, and the University library. Students may also access the Internet at other common areas on campus. While they are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops, Internet reliability and access are not typically available at the same level as in the U.S., especially in the student dormitory. This can be a point of frustration for some students expecting Internet connectivity similar to what they enjoy on their home institution campus.

Are internships available?


Can I conduct research while abroad?

Students can conduct research abroad under the guidance of a Dickinson advisor. The Student International Research Fund (SIRF) was established to help students with extra travel costs associated with independent research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at the International Research Symposium when they return to campus.

What is a visa?

A visa is a document, normally affixed within your passport, which allows you to enter the country and stay for the duration of your program. The requirements for the visa and visa process are controlled by the government of the country you are entering, are non-negotiable, and can change regularly. If you arrive without the proper visa, you will be sent home by immigration officers at your own expense.

Do I need a visa to study in India?

Yes, you will need a student visa (valid for one year from date of issue, not date of entry).

How do I get a visa?

You will need to submit documents to the Indian consulate in your region, either directly or through a visa service. Documents needed include:

  • US passport valid for 6 months beyond date of departure
  • Indian visa application form (one form plus one signed copy)
  • Two 2x2 passport photos
  • Proof of Residential Address in US
  • Invitation letter from India (i.e. from CIEE)
  • Visa processing fees

Do I have to go to the consulate/embassy?

No, you will likely submit documents by mail.

How much does a visa cost?

The current estimate of student visa costs is around $200. The fee is higher if you use a visa service.

How long is a visa valid for?

Your student visa is valid for one year.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?

Yes, you will need to do your own research on visa requirements for citizens of your home country to study in India. The CGSE may be able to help you with the required documents. Also, you will need to inform Marlee Meikrantz and Jackie Wong that you will be studying outside of the United States and discuss how you will remain in valid F-1 status during your studies abroad.

May I use a visa service to get a visa?

Yes, there may be visa services that can assist you in obtaining the student visa.  You will need to research these providers and their fees and timetables.

Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors are students returning from studying abroad. Contact them for more information and a personal perspective.

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Carrita Thomas

During the Fall semester of my Junior year, I studied abroad at the University of Hyderabad in India through CIEE. I found the program to be extremely rewarding from an academic, cultural and personal point of view. The CIEE program is unique because it allows students to undertake an independent study with a faculty member in place of a traditional course. For my independent study, I researched the pharmaceutical industry in Hyderabad and met with many industry professionals to learn about the evolving regulatory environment. This was a great complement to my studies in International Business and Management at Dickinson. When I wasn't at school, I spent time with my lovely host family. A highlight of my home stay experience was attending the nightly 'iftar' (or fast-breaking) a their mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.  The home stay experience also introduced me to other facets of daily Indian life such as commuting by bus and shopping in the local markets. I also enjoyed spending time exploring the rest of India through independent travel and a CIEE-hosted trip to Varanasi, where we swam in the holy Ganges river.

For more information, contact:

Advisors (Please call for an appointment):

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College

Sharon O'Brien, On-Campus Coordinator
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Tel. 717.245.1497