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Program Overview

Program Overview

In this rich, multicultural and diverse home to some 1.2 billion people, the vibrancy and sheer scale of India is peerless. At the gateway between northern and southern India, while on CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program in Hyderabad, you will gain insight into the linguistic, culinary, political, religious, and cultural diversity of this fascinating country. Through your experiences in Hyderabad, you will have the opportunity to define your unique journey in the largest democracy on Earth.

Study abroad in Hyderabad and you'll:

  • Choose from a selection of courses focusing on Indian languages, history and philosophy offered by the Study in India Program (SIP), and/or direct enroll in a wide variety of courses offered at the University of Hyderabad in 11 of its 12 schools (not including the School of Medical Sciences and School of Engineering Sciences & Technology.)
  • Take a non-credit class in a traditional Indian musical instrument, Kathak and Bollywood dance, or Henna design or enjoy daily Yoga sessions at your own pace
  • Visit ancient mosques, temples, religious centers, and Golconda Fort
  • Get involved in the local community by volunteering with one of the many NGOs
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

From sociology, anthropology, philosophy, or political science to communications, chemistry, performing arts, or Hindi language, you’ll find a wide range of courses that satisfy your requirements and interest. Try your hand at traditional Kuchipudi dance (one of the ten major classical Indian dance forms); or study the role of politics in this dynamic and diverse country, or take advantage of being in the heart of India to learn about Indian philosophy. Between the course options offered by SIP and the University of Hyderabad, the selection of course offerings is wide and can the meet the needs of students from a variety of disciplines.

Excursions

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A multitude of intriguing experiences await you in Hyderabad! Whether through the CIEE organized excursions or independent travel. While on the CIEE organized excursions, you will meet local handicraftsmen spinning their wears, listen to traditional musicians and explore Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu temples, and more. You can trek through Hampi, famous for its history, ruins, and temples; visit Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world and prominent in Hindu mythology; or take a trip to a folk goddess temple during a local festival and visit the biggest Ganesha idol in Hyderabad. While based in Hyderabad, you’ll have the opportunity to explore other places in India, such as Mysore, Byllakuppe, Melkote, Badami, Karnataka, or Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, a coastal, port city, often called "The Jewel of the East Coast."

Cultural Activities

Practice yoga daily at the campus yoga center, take a non-credit course in Sitar or Tabala, traditional Indian instruments, learn the north Indian classical dance, Kathak, or learn to draw the very intricate Henna designs . Take a cooking class, where you’ll have the chance to learn to make a variety of Hyderabadi, North and South Indian cuisines. During the fall semester, the study center organizes a trip to Peddamma, a folk goddess temple, during a local festival as well as the biggest Ganesha idol in Hyderabad. Students celebrate spring at the Sankranthi festival by flying kites and at the Holi festival by decorating the community with kaleidoscope-like colors.

Independent Study

Take on a credit-bearing project on a topic that speaks to you. Through SIP, students have completed an independent study course on such topics as marginalized communities, modern Indian thought, textiles in India, religion in modern India or climate change in India. Students will be required to submit a proposal for an independent study course before arrival and CIEE will work in collaboration with the SIP to identify an appropriate faculty advisor for your project.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
  • Non- Credit courses
  • Optional language tutoring
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (22 wks)
04/01/2016
07/09/2016
12/09/2016
$14,950

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,969
Housing ***
$2,375
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$188

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

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,140
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Spring 2017 (18 wks)
10/01/2016
12/28/2016
05/06/2017
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,820
Housing ***
$2,375
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$188

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

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,140
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Fall 2017 (22 wks)
04/01/2017
07/09/2017
12/09/2017
$15,850

Program Date Notes

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

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,820
Housing ***
$2,375
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$188

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

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,140
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Academic year 2016-2017 (43 wks)
04/01/2016
07/09/2016
05/06/2017
$28,400

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$23,044
Housing ***
$4,750
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$188

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

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,140
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Personal expenses
$4,000
Expenses during break **
$300

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Junior standing and above.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

During your semester on the CIEE Hyderabad Arts and Sciences program, you will be enrolling in four, four-semester credit hour, courses. You will have the option to select your courses from those offered by SIP, specifically geared towards international non-degree students, and/or direct enroll in a wide variety of courses offered by the University of Hyderabad. CIEE recommends that each student register for at least one University of Hyderabad direct enroll course to fully experience the Indian educational system and attend a class with other Indian students.

The SIP courses are designed specifically for international students focusing on a selection of Indian languages, history, culture and philosophy. Whereas, courses offered at the University of Hyderabad can be chosen from 11 of the 12 schools in areas such as the social sciences, pure sciences, management, and communication, etc., depending on your area of interest.

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About the City

About The City

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. The city, once ruled by bejeweled Nizams from opulent palaces, is now a global hub for biotechnology, animation industry, information technology, amazing food, and a travel destination for domestic travelers looking 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. It is the capital of the southern state of Telangana and embodies the juxtapositions of old and new, north and south, Hindu and Muslim. It’s home to offices for Microsoft, Google, and other techno giants – and also to ruins of the magnificent 13th-century Golconda Fort and iconic Charminar monument in the Old City.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Madhuri Gunti

Program Coordinator

Madhuri Gunti has an MBA in Marketing & Operations, and an M.A. and M. Phil in Functional Hindi Translation. She began her tenure with CIEE as a Hindi language peer tutor in 2004. Madhuri is responsible for organizing the language tutor and service learning components of the program, as well as organizing a series of cultural activities and excursions. Madhuri joined CIEE as a full time Coordinator in January of 2009. Madhuri loves gardening, singing, cooking and is an accomplished marathon runner.

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Kalyan Murthy

Office Manager

Kalyan Murthy hails from Hyderabad, where he received his M.Sc. from Osmania University, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. Kalyan joined CIEE in 2007.

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Kavitha Venkata Gooty

Resident Director

Kavitha Gooty was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. Kavitha has been involved with CIEE since its inception in Hyderabad in 2001; first, as a Student Counselor through the Study in India Program working exclusively with CIEE students; then, as a Program Assistant with CIEE from 2004 to 2008; and, currently, as the Resident Director. Kavitha completed her Masters in Philosophy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad. Her Master’s degree culminated in a research thesis entitled ‘Privatization of Higher Education: A Comparative Study of a University Engineering College and a Private Engineering College in Andhra Pradesh’. In addition to her academic research, Kavitha also brings extensive field experience to the CIEE Hyderabad program from her research on the influence of the caste system in Indian politics and the traditional Indian marriage system. When Kavitha is not pursuing academic endeavors or working with students, she enjoys watching and critiquing films.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Hyderabad program is located on the University of Hyderabad campus within the Study in India Program (SIP). All courses will be taken at SIP or at the many schools on campus.

Founded in 1974, the University of Hyderabad was the first federally funded university in the southern part of India. In 2010, the university was ranked No. 1 in India by the Times of India. Recently The University of Hyderabad won The Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities in the categories of ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ for the year 2015.

The University of Hyderabad is primarily a post-graduate university with over 400 faculty, 5,000 full-time students, and twelve schools: Chemistry; Life Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Computer and Information Sciences; Physics; Humanities; Social Sciences; Economics, Management Studies; Engineering Sciences and Technology; Arts and Communication; and Medical Sciences. The campus is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Hyderabad. The campus sprawls across 2300 acres of arid landscape and wildlife typical of the region.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

While studying at the CIEE Hyderabad Arts and Sciences program, you will have the option to live on-campus in the international dormitory or in a homestay. Meals are included in both options. Although every attempt is made to grant you your preference, housing assignments are based upon availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Tagore International House—The Tagore International House provides furnished, air conditioned, rooms on the University of Hyderabad campus. You will be placed in a double room with a fellow international student. The Tagore International House also includes a common dining room, a small computer lab, a lounge and television room, and laundry facilities. A cafeteria caters to all international students serving a wide variety of Indian cuisine and a few western style dishes. As Tagore International House is 1.8 miles from the central campus, students typically ride bicycles, use the university shuttle service, or walk to and from class.

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Homestays— The CIEE Study Center has a network of families, living in and around the vicinity of the university, who have hosted CIEE students for many years. Students usually eat breakfast and a vegetarian dinner with the family. In addition, you 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 within a 12 mile radius from campus. Sharing in the life of a family through a homestay provides an excellent opportunity to experience, first hand, Indian culture.

Housing in either 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 to stay in the Tagore House, at their own cost, but meals are not offered on campus.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Hyderabad even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, focusing on travel and arrival details and highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, while also giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, identify your goals, and primarily help you in alleviating any anxiety you might have as you face a whole new adventure.

CIEE staff organizes a comprehensive orientation upon arrival in Hyderabad that includes information on the academic program, health, safety and security issues, a campus tour, an introduction to student facilities, a review of your schedule and a full overview of the logistics to living in India (including use of transportation, independent travel, cultural norms and expectations, etc.) In addition, the orientation includes an activity called Khojo Hyderabad. The Hindi word, Khojo, means search. The premise of Khojo Hyderabad is to search and discover the city and its diverse offerings. Cultural programs and tours of the city and its vicinity also provide insight into the rich cultural heritage of the city.

CIEE believes that you'll learn most effectively abroad when you pursue specific learning goals, reflect on your own learning, and develop the skills to communicate effectively and appropriately in a culture different from your own. CIEE staff organizes ongoing activities and exercises that serve as an extension of the intercultural preparation that you learn during the initial orientation week. These ongoing activities help you learn 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).

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

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During orientation, you'll learn about Indian culture, history, and society through lectures and site visits to such places as the Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace, Golconda Fort, ancient mosques in Hyderabad, and various temples.

To further acquaint you to South India, and to foster self-reflection in your journey through this rich country, each semester the study center organizes overnight excursions. In the fall, you will visit Varanasi, a city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga) in Uttar Pradesh. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. You will meet Benaras saree weavers, and other handicrafts famous to the region. During the spring semester you will visit Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, a coastal, port city, often called “The Jewel of the East Coast.” You will visit Bora Caves and the Araku Valley, Hampi, Anegundi or Badami, The trip will include visits to Hindu & Jain temples the Hampi bazaar.

Students interested in practicing yoga may do so at the yoga center located on campus. CIEE offers each student the opportunity to take a non-credit course in classical Indian music (Sitar or Tabala), North Indian classical dance (Kathak), Bollywood dance, or Henna design. Each course meets eight times a month. Many students participate in a cultural evening at the end of the semester, organized by SIP, to perform their newly learned skills. The study center organizes a cooking class, where you'll have the opportunity to learn a variety of Hyderabadi, northern and southern Indian cuisines. During the fall semester, the study center organizes a trip to Peddamma, a folk goddess temple, during a local festival as well as the biggest Ganesha idol in Hyderabad. In the spring semester you'll also get the opportunity to celebrate at the Sankranthi festival by flying kites and at the Holi festival by decorating the community in bright colors.

Volunteering
Community engagement is through part-time volunteer projects that are organized by CIEE for those who are interested. If you choose to take on a community engagement project while in Hyderabad you will be placed in a local NGO based on your interest and on the available options. You might facilitate art therapy sessions, build school gardens, tutor and mentor needy and orphaned boys, teach communication skills and self-esteem to young girls, do documentation work or teach painting to kids with HIV, or develop interventions for isolated or minority communities. Generally, community engagement projects will require you to spend two hours each week throughout the semester. Some NGOs require you to commute, so you will need to factor that into your schedule as well.

Immersion
You will have numerous opportunities while in India to be fully immersed into the community. If you opt for direct enroll courses at the University of Hyderabad, your fellow classmates will be matriculated Indian students. If you opt to take a language course, CIEE will pair you up with a language tutor who will meet with you regularly and engage you in activities in and around the university campus. If you opt for a homestay, it has been our experience that former students have gained the most from the homestay experience and have forged lifelong friendships with their host families who adopt them into their family and engage them in many of their family activities. If you opt to volunteer, what better way to experience a broader spectrum of Indian society. Finally, being on the University of Hyderabad campus you will continually be engaged with fellow Indian students, and the CIEE staff will be your new home away from home.

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Academics

Academics

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 international non-degree students enrolled at the university. SIP provides international students the opportunity to study various aspects of Indian society, history, and culture through a selection of specially designed courses of interest to international students. SIP is nationally recognized by the Ministry of Education in India for its international education model. The CIEE Hyderabad Arts and Science program offers students a combination of SIP and direct enrollment courses at the University of Hyderabad based on the students’ requirements and interest.

Academic Culture

The University of Hyderabad is primarily a graduate-level Indian university. This designation is somewhat different than in the U.S. system, but does not provide a barrier to U.S. undergraduates. The B.A. degree in India is three years in duration. As such, 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 higher reliance on independent work in each direct enrollment class, including, but not limited to, required reading As the academic classroom environment in all direct enrollment courses 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 encouraged to do so as well, as long as they meet the minimum requirements for the designated course. 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 lecture based. 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 the SIP courses have had experience teaching American students and often have advanced degrees from foreign institutions.

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

Nature of Classes

Your SIP courses will be with other CIEE and international students, while any direct enroll courses will be alongside Indian students. You should be aware that the academic classroom environment in all direct enrollment classes is vastly different from U.S. classes. They are designed for Indian graduate students who come with a very different educational and cultural background, having attended schools in India their entire lives.

Grading System

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 percent of any class are not permitted to sit for their final exam and receive a failing grade.

Students need to begin their coursework in India with flexibility in mind. 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 course 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.

Language of Instruction

English
Hindi
Telugu
Urdu

Faculty

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

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Host Institution Syllabi

SIP and University of Hyderabad syllabi are available upon request.

SIP Courses for International Students

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

Language Courses

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

Basic Hindi
Basic Hindi focuses on vocabulary, foundational grammar patterns, and traditional pedagogy more appropriate for students intending to enter the second semester of Hindi I following their time in India. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Basic Hindi II
Students can expect to have a vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words and be able to construct simple sentences by the end of this course. The four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—are given equal importance. They will be able to express themselves clearly and speak about their present, past, and future actions, and have simple conversations with Indian students, shop keepers, travelers, drivers, workers, etc. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Intermediate Hindi
Students in this course can expect to master 500 words and 75-plus sentence structures. This course emphasizes conversational skills apart from learning the grammar found in the textbooks. At the end of the course, students are able to accurately pronounce the sounds of the Hindi alphabet, use and acquire Hindi outside of the classroom, and converse in Hindi with native speakers using proper Hindi. The teachings encourage the use of proper grammar in daily life activities by integrating them into lessons and conversations. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Intermediate Hindi II
Students can expect to master 1,500 words and 75-plus sentence structures in the texts. This course emphasizes conversational skills and grammar lessons in detail. As this course is the level above Intermediate Hindi, it includes such practical aspects as discussions and conversations with native speakers of Hindi and requires students to work with deeper parts of grammar and different styles of spoken Hindi. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Advanced Hindi
Students can expect to master all of the common words or vocabulary of daily life activities, as well as literary vocabulary and sentence structures of the language. This course has all the grammar lessons in detail and many activities that improve speaking skills, such as discussions, presentations, and field work. Students enrolling in this course should have a minimum 1,000 word vocabulary, including knowledge of all of sentence structures taught in the intermediate level. Textbook: Lalit Hindi Vyakaran Katha Rachna by Bharat Mitra Shastry. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Basic Telugu
This course introduces students to the basics of the Telugu language, focusing on conversation, reading, and writing. Whenever possible, emphasis is given to practice (dialogues, role playing, etc.), which allows students to use the language in real life contexts. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Basic Urdu
This course introduces students to the basics of the Urdu language, focusing on conversation, reading, and writing. Whenever possible, emphasis is given to practice (dialogues, role playing, etc.), which allows students to use the language in real-life contexts. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Area Studies Courses

Creative Writing: An Indian Journey
An interactive course between teacher and student, and students and students. It covers the student’s original creative writing of poems, stories, plays, chapters of a novel in progress, etc., focusing on the students’ interactions with each other. As an interactive course, each student’s own work is subjected to peer-group criticism. It also includes interaction between reader and writer, which helps improve both writing and reading abilities. The course also focuses on exercises on imitation, parody, pastiche, etc. of the published papers of well-known writers of the students’ choice. These exercises are scrutinized in the class. This course also helps students understand and imitate the poetic forms of villanelle, sestina, ghazal, sonnet, and pantoum. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

A Survey of Indian Philosophy
This course strives to explain the relationship between philosophy and religion, which is similar to the relationship between science and technology in India. It illustrates that religion is a philosophy applied to everyday life and that philosophy is the theoretical aspect, whereas religion is the practical aspect of the same. This course traces the origin of the Indian philosophy and religion, and tries to determine the various ideas and sects formed, established, merged, and assimilated. It looks into the roles of philosophy and religion that have been and continue to be very dynamic. The course ends by focusing on the different streams of thought that took shape in India and answers the following questions: Who am ‘I’? What is the ‘world’? What is my relationship with the world? What is involved in having a meaningful existence and what do I do? Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Kuchipudi Dance
The course is designed especially for SIP students with the goal of introducing them to Indian classical dance at the theoretical level, and providing practical exposure to the basics of Kuchipudi dance, the classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh. Students are taught the history and development of this classical dance form and the major technical elements of Indian dance. Students learn basic steps, hand gestures, and a simple dance. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

The Making of Indian Modern Arts
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to some of the important works from the Indian subcontinent, to write in meaningful ways about visual imagery, and develop an interpretive framework that enables them to understand and appreciate the art that was produced in this region during this period. This course deals with the art that was produced in India during the 19th and 20th centuries. Dominated by, but not limited to, the history of interactions between eastern and western aesthetic values, the contours of the Indian artistic landscape were inexorably changed and enlarged during this period. From the Victorian academicism of Raja Ravi Varma to the artistic nationalism of the Bengal School, from the solitary modernism of Amrita Shergil to the shrill internationalism of the Bombay Progressives, from the marginalized outpourings of folk and tribal artists to the strident rhetorical strategies of post-colonial diasporic discourses, the artistic responses to the forces of modernity, colonialism, industrialization, and globalization have been pliant and resistant, complex and multiple. This course addresses what has sometimes been described as “the painful climb towards re-establishing a truly Indian artistic identity.” Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Independent Study
An Independent Study course, in which a faculty member supervises your readings, field work, and/or research on a specific proposed topic that has been pr-approved by your university, CIEE, and SIP.

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 expect to 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: Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Indian Writing in English
This course enlightens students to the socio-historical and cultural contexts of English and Indian writers. Apart from the usual literary and critical materials, students are required to sample a variety of English texts in circulation in Indian society. It also focuses on the education of English and opposition to its dominance in India. The course also looks at how English works with other Indian languages, and the differences between writers of English and Indian languages. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Indians in Diaspora: Communities, Cultures, Representations
This course explores the culture and identity of the Indian diaspora, including the issues of gender, motherland/hostland, and diasporic representations . Because of its appealing multiplicity in formations and Diasporic articulations, Indian Diaspora has emerged as one of the most captivating and reflective site for conceptual as well as empirical understanding of ‘Diaspora’. This course endeavors to engage the students with certain core themes and questions—histories of Indian Diaspora; the critical processes of transformation of the Diasporic communities; their negotiations for new identities (hybrid as well as hyphenated) and space in the adopted lands with a simultaneous cultivation of imaginary and real socio-cultural, economic, and political ties with homeland; ethnic and gendered narratives; and the representations and productions of Diasporic communities (literature, music, film, television, and cyberspace). Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Sociology of Gender
This course introduces the sociological study of gender, organized around theoretical perspectives, as well as definitional and analytical problems in the formation of the category of gender and its effects in society. It explores gender inequalities in various institutional contexts, and helps students gain an understanding of the women’s movement in India and the issues that have been central to it. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Department of English

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

Department of Political Science (courses and faculty listing)

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

School of Economics (course and faculty listings)

Applied Econometrics
Development Economics
Economics of Healthcare: Theory and Policy
Evolution 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

Department of History (course and faculty listings)

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

Department of Sociology (course and faculty list)

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

Department of Anthropology

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

Department of Philosophy

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

Communication
Dance
Theater Arts Painting/Print-Making/Sculpture
History of Indian Art
20th Century Indian Art

School of Life Sciences

To enroll courses in this school, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site. Animal Sciences
Biochemistry
Biotechnology
Plant Sciences

School of Mathematics and Computer/Information Sciences

To enroll courses in this school, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site
Computer and Information Sciences
Mathematics
Statistics

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