Hyderabad, India

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 9 – Dec 3, 2020 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Dec 29, 2020 – May 20, 2021 (20 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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Explore Indian culture in a diverse, cosmopolitan city, while taking courses at CIEE’s partner school, University of Hyderabad, as well as at CIEE Hyderabad. Choose from classes specially designed for international students in biotechnology, information technology, and medical sciences as well as a vast selection of direct-enroll options in arts, economics, history, humanities, language, literature, political science, sociology, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn traditional Indian arts

    like Kathak dance, intricate Henna design, Tabla (percussion), and Yoga.

  • Study

    at an award-winning university that offers an array of interesting courses.

  • Live with an

    Indian host family or on campus with an international exchange student.

  • residents

  • official languages

  • bazaars


Location & Culture

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Hyderabad is a city of juxtaposition – old and new, north and south, Hindu and Muslim. Once ruled by bejeweled Nizams, it’s now a global hub for biotech, animation, information tech, amazing food, and domestic travel. The sprawling city is an urban stew of construction, music, clothing shops, inconceivable traffic, food bazaars, department stores, global businesses like Microsoft and Google, and magnificent ancient architecture.

The Culture



Fall: Visit Varanasi, the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, with a key role in the development of Buddhism. (or) Visit to Mysore-Bylakuppe-Melkote These are located in south India that has rich history, an ancient temple town, & a largest Tibetan Buddhist settlement with beautiful Monasteries.

Spring: Visit Hampi-Anegundi, a UNESCO world heritage site or (or)  Mysore-Bylakuppe-Melkote These are located in south India that has rich history, an ancient temple town, & a largest Tibetan Buddhist settlement with beautiful Monasteries


Relish unique sights and sounds all over Hyderabad.

  • Explore Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu temples.
  • Visit the folk goddess temple, Peddamma, and see the biggest Ganesha idol in Hyderabad.
  • Practice Yoga on campus daily – it doesn’t get any more authentic!


Volunteering. Give two hours a week and get back much more. Build school gardens, tutor orphaned boys, teach English and self-esteem to girls, design marketing materials and/or websites for NGO’s, or develop interventions for minority communities.

Language tutoring. Pair-up with Indian university students for help getting involved on campus.  

Independent study. Investigate the textile industry, modern religion, the impact of climate change, marginalized communities, or other intriguing topics with a faculty advisor from the Study in India Program (SIP).

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Daily Life

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    Homestay: Students can live with a host family, many of whom have hosted CIEE students in the past, to fully experience Indian culture firsthand. Students usually eat breakfast and a vegetarian dinner with the family, and receive monthly stipends for lunch and transportation to the university, no more than 12 miles away.

    Residence hall: At Tagore International House, students live in double rooms with an international exchange  roommate on the university campus. Students have access to a common dining room, computer lab, laundry facilities, and a cafeteria that serves Indian and some western dishes. Tagore House is 1.8 miles from central campus. Students ride bicycles, take the university shuttle, or walk to and from class.


    Homestay: Students have two meals a day with their host family, and are compensated to buy lunch on their own. Residence hall: Students are provided with all meals at the residence hall cafeteria.

Hyderabad, India

Where You'll Study

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    University of Hyderabad

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    1.8 miles from central campus.

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    Getting Around

    The university has a free shuttle service for students.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

Academics for CIEE’s Arts + Sciences program are provided in collaboration with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad. As a hub for international undergrads, SIP offers specially designed courses for students to discover Indian society, history, film studies, politics, Islamic art, architecture, and culture.

CIEE students can also direct-enroll at 11 of the 12 schools at the University of Hyderabad, based on requirements and interests. CIEE students primarily take classes in arts, social sciences, and humanities, though students are encouraged to study a wide range of pure and applied sciences if they meet prerequisites.

University of Hyderabad: Founded in 1974, the University of Hyderabad primarily serves postgraduate studies, with 5,000 students across 12 schools. In 2010, it was ranked number one in India by the Times of India and in 2015, won the Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities for Best University, Innovation, and Research. The university is located on a sprawling 2,300-acre campus, 45 minutes from downtown.

Courses are taught by the faculty at the University of Hyderabad.


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    SIP classes include CIEE students and other international students. Direct-enrollment courses are open to all Indian students at the university. University students come from all over the country, creating a diverse microcosm of modern India.


    Students are required to attend all classes and participate to the professor’s satisfaction. Exams are designed to systematically test student progress with periodic evaluation. Students are given tests, quizzes, homework, seminars, tutorials, and term papers, as well as a three-hour final exam at the end of each semester. Each final grade is calculated based on these periodic assessments. Per SIP guidelines, students are expected to have 100% attendance in their academic classes to be permitted to sit for the final exam. However, excused absence on health grounds is permitted upon doctor certification.


    University direct-enrollment. University of Hyderabad is primarily a graduate-level university. Bachelor’s degree programs in India are three years long. As such, Indian master’s students in their first year of study are roughly equivalent to seniors at U.S. universities. CIEE students should expect to work independently in direct enrollment classes, which often feature minimal discussion and consist mostly of lectures. Detailed syllabi may not be given and students may not get assessment criteria. CIEE staff helps students navigate this different system. SIP courses are designed following the U.S. model. Many faculty members have had experience teaching American students and often have advanced degrees from foreign institutions. Despite the similarities, it is still within the context of an Indian university and students should expect to experience many differences in the academic experience.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75.


     Students must be a second-semester sophomore to apply. 


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-16 U.S. semester/22.5-24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • University of Hyderabad courses: 2-6 U.S. semester/3.5-9 quarter credits; 30-90 contact hours

Language of Instruction

15-16 semester credits comprised of University of Hyderabad courses and/or the CIEE elective course.

Course Notes
Students choose from Study in India program (SIP) courses geared towards international students, and/or enroll in a wide variety of courses at University of Hyderabad.

Host Institution Courses

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University of Hyderabad

Below is a sampling of courses offered by SIP. A full course listing is available during the on-site registration period. Courses and course titles are subject to change depending on faculty availability, so students need to remain flexible in their course selections. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


All language courses are arranged by either SIP or specific language departments within the University of Hyderabad.

Basic Hindi
Basic Hindi II
Intermediate Hindi
Intermediate Hindi II
Advanced Hindi
Basic Telugu
Basic Urdu
Basic Sanskrit


 Islamic Art, Architecture & Cultural Heritage of Hyderabad and the Deccan
Memsahibs, Hippies, Reporters, and Wanderers: A Study of Western Travel Writing on India
Penning Politics, Shaping Selves – Hyderabadi Muslim Women and Writing
Gender in Indian Cinema
Socio-cultural Understandings of Food and Nutrition in India
A Survey of Indian Philosophy
Kuchipudi Dance
The Making of Indian Modern Arts
Independent Study

University of Hyderabad Direct Enrollment Courses
Please note that detailed course listings and syllabi for direct enrollment courses are typically not available before the start of the semester. Therefore, students should be flexible regarding available course options and communicate with their home institution during course registration regarding their final course selection as necessary. However, CIEE recommends the following courses based on past student feedback. Note, courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Creative Writing in India
Defining and Redefining Indian Dalit Literature
American Literature and Thought
Modern British Literature and Thought
Modern Indian Thought
Indian Writing in English
Romantic Literature and Thought
Victorian Literature and Thought

Contemporary Political Theory
Democratic Theory and Practice
Foreign Policies of Major Powers
Government and Politics in China
Indian Political Process
Indian State and Administration
International Political Economy
International Relations II
Marxian Socialist Political Thought
Organization Theory: Public Policy Perspective
Political Parties in India
Politics of Globalization
Rural Development
Technology and Politics
Northeast India

Applied Econometrics
Development Economics
Economics of Healthcare: Theory and PolicyEvolution of Indian Economy Since Independence
Financial Econometrics
Financial Economics
International Finance
Law and Economics
Micro Economic Theory
New Institutional Economics
Operations Research for Applied Economic Analysis
Political Economy of Development
Public Finance
Transitional Economics

Ancient India 
Cultural History of Modern India 
Indian National Movement 
Law and Society in Colonial India 
Medieval India Modern Asia 
Science and Human Past 
Science and Technology in Medieval India 
Women in India from 18th Century 
The World of Indian Ocean

Advanced Sociological Theory 
Caste in Modern India 
Changing Indian Family
Classical Sociological Theory 
Contemporary Development Issues 
Corporate Business and Society 
Decentralized Governance and Development 
Environment and Sustainable Development Equality and Inequality 
Foundations of Social Sciences
Indian Society I: Approaches to the Study of Indian Society
Indian Society II: Social Change in Modern India 
Industrial Relations and Contemporary Capitalism 
Introduction to Social Research 
Introduction to Study of Society 
Law, State, and Society 
Marxism and Capitalism 
Modernity and Modernization 
Modern Sociological Theory 
People, Nation, and State 
Population and Society 
Religion and Society 
Religion, Law, and State 
Roots of Social Protest 
Rural and Urban Societies 
Rural Society and Agrarian Change
Science, Culture, and Society 
Social Stratification 
Social Theories, Modernities, and Politics of Geography
Sociology of Culture 
Sociology of Development 
Sociology of Education 
Sociology of Gender 
Sociology of Health, Sickness, and Healing
Sociology of Muslim Communities 
Sociology of Organizations 
Technology, Culture, and Society 
Urban Sociology

Applied Anthropology and Tribal Welfare Archaeological Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
Kinship and Marriage
Theories of Culture
Theories of Social Structure

To enroll in courses in this school, students must fulfill the required prerequisites set by the department/school and prerequisites can be known only upon arrival on site.
Theater Arts Painting/Print-Making/Sculpture
History of Indian Art
20th Century Indian Art

To enroll in courses in this school, students must fulfill the required prerequisites set by the department/school and prerequisites can be known only upon arrival on site.

Animal Sciences
Plant Sciences

To enroll in courses in this school, students must fulfill the required prerequisites set by the department/school and prerequisites can be known only upon arrival on site.
Computer and Information Sciences

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Indian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 21 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Dec 3, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,920 **

Housing = $2,375 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $188

Total Fees = $16,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,140

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $2,000

Total Estimated Costs = $3,540

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2021 20 weeks Oct 1, 2020 Dec 29, 2020* May 20, 2021*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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