NCI has an agreement with Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) of Delhi University that enables Nordic undergraduate member university students to study and spend a full semester in Delhi. 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 3 DU courses equivalent to 30 ECTS. The fall semester runs from mid-July to early December, and the Spring semester from early January to early May.
SVC is a co-ed constituent college of the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India. Administered by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, it is considered one of the best colleges of the University of Delhi; it awards degrees under the purview of the university and offers courses at the undergraduate level. Vocational courses and short-term add-on courses that serve as significant supplements to the academic profiles of the students are offered.
Students can choose among the regular college courses in different departments. The coordinator at SVC will assist the students in finding the most suitable courses. More information about the college is available here.
New Delhi is an urban district of Delhi which serves as the capital of India and the seat of all three branches of the Government of India. New Delhi is the seat of power in India and one can see a microcosm of India represented in the city. In many ways intimidating, the city also provides a multitude of opportunities for personal growth. Students will enjoy the historical backdrop that the city provides along with the rich traditions that Delhi securely protects.
Delhi University (DU), 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 1922, DU has a venerable legacy and has achieved international acclaim for the highest academic standards, diverse educational programmes, distinguished faculty, illustrious alumni, varied co-curricular activities and modern infrastructure. Beginning with three colleges and 750 students, it has grown into one of the largest universities in India with 16 faculties, over 80 academic departments, an equal number of colleges and over seven lakh students. Over 500 programmes offered by the University are approved by Academic and Executive Councils, out of which 209 programmes are being considered for NAAC accreditation purposes. The rest being run in colleges are separately accredited.
For more information about the history of DU, click here.
SVC is considered to be one of the best colleges affiliated with Delhi University. Established in 1961 by Smt Durgabai Deshmukh, Dr K.L.Rao and Dr C.Anna Rao under the auspices of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, SVC has grown to a college with around 3888 students on its rolls, offering more than a score of different courses in the Humanities, Commerce and Science disciplines with 231 teaching and non-teaching staff. Apart from the formal academic courses the college now offers 3 Vocational courses and several short-term add-on courses that serve as significant supplements to the academic profiles of the students. The College also offers 11 Postgraduate Courses for study. Moreover, the dedicated and well-trained academic faculty has been consistently honing the intellectual abilities of students who bring laurels to the college with singular regularity.
The semester programme does not include arrangements for boarding and lodging. Students have to take care of the same themselves. The immediate area surrounding the college has residential colonies that offer Paying Guest accommodation options to students. Member university students can find such PG options at Satya Niketan which is at a walkable distance from the college and in surrounding areas like Moti Bagh, Naraina, Sarojini Nagar, and RK Puram which are well connected by public transport. Students can stay at the NCI residence at the beginning of the semester and determine their accommodation for the semester through assistance provided by students and staff at SVC or by checking various options online at 99acres and magicbricks.
The college has a canteen and there are several budget restaurants within walking distance of the college so boarding is not a major challenge. Food can also be ordered online through Zomato, Food Panda, Ubereats, and Swiggy.
Within the Semester Program, students can freely choose among the regular courses that are offered at various departments and centres at Sri Venkateswara College. Participants are expected to pursue a full-time academic program, which means a credit load of 30 ECTS spread over 3 regular DU courses. The coordinator at SVC can assist students in finding out the most suitable courses and students also have an opportunity to try out different courses during the first week of the semester before finalizing the program.
Program name: Semester Program in India
Educational institution: Sri Venkateswara University, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
Program credits: 30 ECTS spread over 3 undergraduate-level college courses
Language of instruction: English
Study periods: Fall semester or Spring semester. The Fall semester lasts from the second 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 year 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: Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the current fee structure. Boarding and Lodging are not arranged via the programme. The student needs to arrange the same by themselves. The school fees also do not include expenses for travels to and from Delhi, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves.
Accommodation: typically under INR 11000 (currency converter) per month
Board Charges: typically under INR 1000 (currency converter) per day
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 TOEFEL or equivalent certificate
A CV with complete contact information
The documents should be sent to the International office at your university or directly to NCI, Ms Christabel Royan (email@example.com). The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission and visa recommendation letter from SVC, Delhi 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
Dr Nirmal Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of History, Delhi University
Phone: +91 11 2411 8590
Address: Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, Benito Juarez Road, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Ms Christabel Royan
Address: B2, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110 013, India