Study Abroad Program Overview
Spend a semester abroad with the University of Hyderabad's Study India Program (SIP), which includes the opportunity for direct enrollment in the University, as well as language study and special courses. The program focus is India studies with a special emphasis on South Indian history, culture, and language. For those with interest in the arts, Hyderabad University's School for the Performing Arts offers excellent dance, theater, and studio art course work.
Hyderabad is the capital city and most populous city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Known as a meeting point for northern and southern India, Hyderabad is an information technology center and capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. It affords wonderful opportunities to explore India's rich history, culture, and architecture through study, volunteer work and travel.
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the University of Hyderabad. Program participants enroll directly in the University of Hyderabad and take courses offered by CIEE.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Hindi; Telugu; Urdu
Language study is required. Hindi is recommended; however, you may also choose from basic Telugu, Urdu, or Sanskrit.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-July to early December
"This is a beautiful, challenging and paradoxical country. Living here is an incredibly rewarding experience that can crystallize your understanding of yourself, your relationship with others and the world, and your hopes for the future." UCEAP Participant, Fall 2013
You have the choice of two housing options; meals are included.
- Tagore International House: Furnished, air-conditioned single or double rooms on campus.
- Group homestays: Live with an Indian family with other CIEE students. Students share a double room and bath.
More information on housing
You have the opportunity to volunteer with organizations such as Voice for Girls, the MV Foundation, Grameen Mall Foundation, Desire Society, Sankalp for Women, and Blue Cross of Hyderabad.
On this program, you’ll see Mysore, Byllakuppe, and Melkote, or Hampi (a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India) and Badami, visit saree weavers, and explore Buddhist and Jain temples in Karnataka, and Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh.
UCEAP students will have the full support of the CIEE Center in Hyderabad, as well as the faculty and staff of the Study India Program at the University of Hyderabad. With extensive professional experience in study abroad in India and locations worldwide, CIEE staff will help students integrate into the culture of India and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
UCEAP students are further supported by UC's vast network, including the Systemwide office and the study abroad offices on each UC campus.
The Study India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad (UH) explores Indian society, history, and culture. Regular coursework taught in English is available in select departments where you can study alongside local students.
All UCEAP students must take a language course, in addition to three electives (two SIP electives and one direct enrollment elective is recommended).
Past SIP electives include:
- Creative Writing in India
- Indian Philosophy
- Kuchipudi Dance
- The Making of Indian Modern Arts
- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Development
- Conversational Hindi
Enrollment is possible in certain University of Hyderabad departments, including the Departments of English, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Chemistry, and Life Sciences. The School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts, and Communication is also open.
Recommended courses at the University include:
- Indian Writing in English
- Indians in Diaspora: Communities, Cultures, Representations
- Sociology of Gender
Students must fulfill required course prerequisites which are known only after arrival.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
UCEAP is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Program participants take courses offered through University of Hyderabad's Study India Program and through direct enrollment.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 24 quarter/16 semester UC units; four courses of 6 UC quarter units each, including one language course.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study is available as a direct enrollment course at the University. Students interested in this option need to coordinate with the UCEAP Systemwide office as well as discuss with their home campus department.
University of Hyderabad
The University of Hyderabad (UH) was founded in 1974. The student population has increased steadily over the years to approximately 2,000 at present. Due to a competitive, rigorous national selection process (one out of 16 applicants is selected), the student body is serious, motivated, and of particularly high caliber.
UH is one of the dozen premier Indian universities of post-graduate teaching and research, and it is regarded as one of the best academic institutions in South Asia. The National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT) categorized UH as one of eight “high output—high impact” institutions in India. NISSAT also ranked UH as one of the top 20 institutions (based on impact) in chemistry, physics, biology, and biomedical research. The university is located at Gachibowli, about 13 miles from the city of Hyderabad. Stretching over nearly 2,300 acres of land, the campus is home to a variety of birds, a large wooded area, and two lakes (Peacock lake and Buffalo lake).
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Intensive language program
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
UCEAP students are eligible for the CIEE PING scholarship! This scholarship is only available to UCEAP students going on the CIEE Hyderabad program.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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