CIEE - India

CIEE - India
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
Academic YearApril 1mid Augearly May
FallApril 1mid Augmid Dec
SpringOctober 1early Janearly May
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

Practice yoga, volunteer with local NGOs, visit Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu temples, explore food bazaars, and navigate inconceivable traffic. Study Arts + Sciences in Hyderabad – the heart of India’s rapidly developing global economy. CIEE study abroad in India allows you to examine the dichotomies of the country while discovering the diversity of language, culture, religion, and economics in one of the world’s most rapidly evolving globalized countries today.


Arts + Sciences in Hyderabad (Semester or Year)

CIEE in Hyderabad offers a robust curriculum where you will earn class credit for your major/minor through numerous intercultural experiences.  Choose from extensive course options in these areas: English literature, political science, South Asian history, philosophy, sociology, religious studies, biology, biochemistry, and visual arts.  You can learn traditional Indian instrumental play, vocal dance, and henna design classes.  You will learn the basics of Indian culinary practice and can earn a local certification at the yoga center on campus. Additionally, you have the option to partake in Hindu, Telugu, Urdu, or Sanskrit through a peer tutor program.

The academic program is offered in collaboration with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad, which essentially serves as the administrative and academic hub for all 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.

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.



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.


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.

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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Program Costs

To find the costs of the program you are interested in, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CIEE website and find programs offered in India by going to the "FILTER BY" section and selecting "India" from the "Country" option.
  2. Select a program in India you are interested in and scroll down to the "Dates, Deadlines & Fees" section and click on the (+) next to the program cost to expand the list of expenses.
  3. Find your program's estimated expenses both under "Program Fees" AND "Estimated Additional Costs".
  4. Last, add the "Study Abroad Fee", which is $1,500 for a semester program.
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