NCI has an agreement with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad that enables 15 Nordic students to study and spend a full semester in Hyderabad. The aim of the program is to make it possible for students to pursue sound academic knowledge of India as well as gain experiences of the academic culture and living in India. Students are expected to follow a full-time academic program of 16 credits (30 ECTS) spread over 4 courses. The fall semester runs from late July till early December, and the Spring semester from early January till early May.
Fall Semester 2020 - 13/07/2020 (Monday) - Reopening of the semester and OrientationEnd Semester exams - November 23-30, 2020
Spring Semester 2021 - 04/01/2021 (Monday) - Reopening of the semester and Orientation
End Semester exams - May 13-20, 2021
Students can choose among the regular university courses in different departments, independent study courses as well as SIP courses specially designed for foreign students. It is also possible to attend non-credit courses in various subjects in Indian culture. The faculty at SIP will assist the students in finding the most suitable courses. More information about the courses offered and the Study in India Program is available on the website of the University of Hyderabad.
Check out one of our present semester students in Hyderabad’s blog at www.anneleneh.blogspot.com!
Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh and it is the fifth largest city in India. Today it is an intermingling of three smaller cities – the old city of Hyderabad with its strong Islamic cultural heritage, the more cosmopolitan Secunderabad, and the most recent addition of a Hi-tech city which has become the hub of India’s IT exports and BPO revolution. The city is situated 536 meters above sea level on the Southern bank of the river Musi and is characterized by a tropical wet and dry climate. Known for its laid-back charm and rich cuisines, the city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, including culture and history, nature and wildlife, and shopping.
The University of Hyderabad (UoH), one of the major institutions of higher education in India, is widely known for its excellence in research and for its distinguished faculty. Founded in 1974 with Prof. Gurbaksh Singh as its first Vice Chancellor, the university (also known as Hyderabad Central University or HCU) has emerged as a leading centre of higher education and research. With 46 different Departments and Centers organized in 10 Schools of study, the university has over 400 faculty members and 5000 students. The university offers close to 150 different programs of study and also hosts an ever-increasing number of foreign scholars in the highly popular Study in India Program. The University has built up a reputation for providing high-quality academic training and has been recognized through a number of awards.
The Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad began in 1998 and has expanded considerably in recent years. SIP is an interdisciplinary initiative, emphasizing heritage, continuity and change in India. The unique aspect of SIP is the primary attention given to the study interests of the students in order to facilitate a good match between the student's preferences and the courses they attend.
The large campus of the University of Hyderabad is located near Gachibowli, which is the IT hub of Hyderabad, has immense bio-diversity and is home to over 75 varieties of birds, not to speak of the lakes and rock formations which give the campus a natural beauty. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Library is the only library on campus and it is surrounded by a reading room that is open all days a week for students. The university has a Health Centre managed by a team of doctors, supported by nurses and other paramedical staff, and caters to the basic needs of the campus community. In case of need, students are taken to larger corporate hospitals. The University campus also has a multipurpose playground for cricket, football, volleyball, badminton, tennis, and basketball. Modern facilities for physical training and sports are also available on campus.
On campus, there is a small bank, a post office, and an ATM, as well as several stores which cater to the needs of the students. Considering that the campus is quite large, students have the option of renting bicycles or taking advantage of the university buses that run regularly and connect different areas within the campus. When visiting the centre city of Hyderabad there is a city bus service and autorickshaws easily available at the main entrance of the university. Students can also book taxis from campus and avail of metered taxi services.
Students from the Nordic member universities of NCI live at the Tagore International Hostel. A choice of a single room or a room on twin sharing basis is available to students. Each room has a bed, mattress, pillow, table, chair, cupboard, mosquito net, bedspread, and blanket. Bathrooms with hot water (heated by solar panels) are shared by students in one corridor. Washing machines are available in the hostel and if students want to get their clothes ironed they can avail of the services of a local washerman (dhobi in Hindi). The rooms and the bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Students also have access to a large common room, a TV room, and a recreation room in the hostel. All rooms come with Wi-Fi access and the students are advised to bring their laptops. There is also an in-house hostel manager, available every day, to meet the daily needs of the students. Security is assured as the hostel is well-guarded.
Students are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner at the dining hall in the Tagore International Hostel. A typical menu can look like this:
Breakfast: Cereals (corn flakes/muesli/chocos), eggs to order, bananas, toast with butter and jam/marmalade, fresh fruit juice, pancake/french toast/oats porridge/idli/vada/etc., tea and coffee.
Lunch: Salad, seasonal cut fruit, hand-made bread, special rice, two kinds of vegetarian curries, boiled vegetables/macaroni/pasta, starter and snack, lentils of the day, curd, pickle and dessert
Dinner: Designed as the lunch and with a non-vegetarian dish added.
Primarily based on Indian cuisine, most meals are prepared with locally sourced vegetables and fruits, and are therefore nutritious. Furthermore, the meals are specially cooked according to the needs of foreign students and special care is taken for students with food allergies. Mineral water is provided at the hostel and students are requested to take advantage of the same. There are also several canteens, tea stalls and small food stores on campus. Restaurants and fast food joints are easily accessible outside the campus area.
Hyderabad, being a cosmopolitan city, provides a lot of options with regard to food. There are several restaurants dotting the city that meet different requirements in terms of price, ambience and cuisine. To find restaurants, check buurp and zomato. Hyderabad has a lot of choices for visitors. For ideas on what to do in the city and during weekend getaways, check the following tourist and event pages: Andhra Pradesh Tourism, meraevents, and fullhyderabad.com.
Within the Semester Program, students can freely choose among the regular courses that are offered at various departments and centres at the University of Hyderabad. Participants are expected to pursue a full-time academic program, which means a credit load of 16 credits (30 ECTS), spread over 4 courses.
The faculty of the Study in India Program can assist students in finding out the most suitable courses and there is also an opportunity to try out different courses during the first week of the semester before finalizing the program. The Semester Program can include more independent or directed studies when a faculty member supervises readings, a field study and/or a research study focusing on a particular topic. While attending the program it is also possible to participate in non-credit courses that are offered for foreign students in various subjects, such as Indian culture, dance, philosophy, yoga, languages, etc.
Educational institution: Study in India Program, University of Hyderabad, India
Program credits: 30 ECTS spread over 4 university courses
Language of instructions: English
Study periods: Fall semester or Spring semester. The Fall semester lasts from the third week of July to the first week of December, and the Spring semester from the first week of January to the first week of May.
Rate of studies: Full time
Maximum number of students: 15 students per semester
Admission: 1 to 2 years of college or university studies with minimum grades equivalent to a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale or grade C according to ECTS.
School fees: 200 USD per credit or 3200 USD for 16 credits (30 ECTS)
Accommodation: 80 USD per week for a twin sharing room and 105 USD per week for a single room Co-curricular activities: 100 USD (tours, airport transfer, etc.)
Board Charges: 43 USD per week
Typically a semester lasts 20 weeks. The cost does not include expenses for travel to and from Hyderabad, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves.
The application should include the following documents:
A letter providing information about previous university studies, expectations and motivations for attending the program, as well as contact information.
A transcript of university credits and degrees (in English with ECTS)
A letter of recommendation from a supervisor stating the suitability of the student
A proof of English speaking ability, either TOEFL or equivalent certificate
A filled-up application form for admission to the University of Hyderabad
The application form and the supporting documents should be sent to the International office at your university or directly to NCI at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission from the University of Hyderabad and can apply for a study visa through the Indian embassy in their home country.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Fall semester: April 15
Spring semester: October 15
Coordinator at the University of Hyderabad
Prof. B Ananthakrishnan, Director of the Study in India Program (SIP)
Address: Study in India Program, South Campus, University of Hyderabad, Prof. C. R. Road, Hyderabad 500 046, India
Coordinator at Nordic Centre in India
Ms Christabel Royan
Address: B2, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110 013, India