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UC Explores New Delhi - Fall and Spring
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience in Delhi and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education.
For this program, UCEAP has partnered with IES to offer interesting and varied course options. As a UCEAP student, however, the terms of your participation in the program differ from students who enroll directly through IES or through another university. It is very important for you to be aware of these differences and understand your unique responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad.
The materials that have been provided to you by IES should be read carefully. For example, all information in the IES Study in Delhi Guide, the IES Abroad Student Handbook, as well as their arrival dates and directions, should be followed exactly. Your important IES contact information should be written down and kept with your passport in case of an emergency.  You should also keep current with all the information and requirements outlined in your MyIESabroad account at Further, read your IES Visa Starter Packet; follow directions to apply for the correct visa and have it approved in time to depart for this program.
While the UC Explores New Delhi fall program is coordinated with IES, always keep in mind that you are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating in your India program. For example, the grades you earn abroad  will appear on your UC transcript as direct credit rather than transfer credit.  Unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to IES. You will carry an insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation and will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP. The details of these separate and unique “UCEAP elements” of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Please be familiar with them before departing for India. 
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Your first point of contact while abroad will be the on-site IES program coordinator:
Sunita Kewalramani
Phone: 91-11-4182-6147; E-mail:

IES Abroad Center
D-986 New Friends Colony
New Delhi 110065
(More IES contact details in your IES Study in Delhi Guide)
Academics & Your UC Registration
Program Administration IES and UCEAP
As a UCEAP student on the UC Explores Delhi program, administered by IES Abroad, make sure you understand all of your academic resources, as well as your academic responsibilities. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of IES or JNU/KNC allowances – you must meet UCEAP requirements.
The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled in courses both through IES Abroad, AND through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. See “Credit and Registration” on the next page.
Read enough of these key guides now to know what sorts of information is in each, and know how to access them easily when you have questions later:
  • UCEAP GUIDE TO STUDY ABROAD (THE "UGSA"): The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations on unit requirements, taking less than the program requirements, MyEAP Study List registration process, changing courses, petitions, grades, and more. Remember, though, that UCEAP/IES cannot answer any questions about applying UCEAP work to major or degree requirements – ask your department advisor about that.
  • The IES Abroad Student Handbook and the IES Study in Delhi Guide: The Academics sections in these booklets outline your IES Delhi academic program and overall academic policies. In particular, note the differences in the Indian university system covered in the IES Study in Delhi Guide. We encourage students to take at least one direct enrollment course, but read these sections closely – for example, at JNU, U.S. visiting students must make sure that each course’s professor is willing to issue a grade for the course, as this isn’t routinely done for “casual students” there. Note also that you will not receive a transcript – your grades will be sent to UCEAP for final approval by UC faculty (so that you receive direct UC credit, not transfer credit).
Note also that IES Abroad includes their own academic policies on many topics similar to those in the UCEAP UGSA (procedures and criteria for required units, drop/add, withdrawals, incompletes, pass/fail grades, etc.). Some options for all IES students may not be available to UCEAP students, depending on the situation. The best thing for students considering any of these options – or simply having difficulty in a class, and not knowing where to start – is to contact the UCEAP Systemwide Office. They will work with you and with IES to guide you through the options and consequences that pertain in your case.
Course Requirements

All UCEAP students are required to take:

  • 22.5-28.5 UC quarter units (15-19 semester units). This will be 4 or 5 courses, including:
    • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Hindi – 4.5 UC quarter units (3 semester units)
    • Cities of Delhi – required IES Core Course – 6 UC quarter units (4 semester units)
    • 2-3 electives from those offered by IES Abroad, JNU, or KNC
  • Most JNU courses earn 6 UC quarter units. IES and KNC courses may earn 4.5 or 6 UC quarter units. Note UCEAP primarily uses quarter unit values in publications, while IES generally uses semester unit values.
Whom Should I Ask About...?
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List: UCEAP Systemwide Office
  • IES Delhi/KNC/JNU course specifics and concerns: IES on-site advisor
  • Conflicts or confusion between UCEAP and IES general academic policies: UCEAP Systemwide Office
  • Home UC college or department requirements: home department advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
You have the additional resources of UCEAP staff in case of difficulties. The IES on-site staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
Credit and Registration


Because you will be receiving direct UC credit, rather than transfer credit, you will effectively be enrolling both with IES and concurrently with UCEAP. However, completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. Timely completion of your Study List is also a requirement of the Student Agreement you signed.

Registering through IES Abroad: Signing up for courses

  • Work with your IES on-site advisor to finalize your registration through IES, KNC, and/or JNU.
  • You’ll need to be flexible, since exact offerings and timetables are not available until after arrival.
  • Note that you may not change courses after the IES/Delhi add/drop period ends.
  • Take your home UC department advisor’s name and email with you, to contact regarding using any new course to satisfy particular department or college requirements. Neither IES nor UCEAP Systemwide Office can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements.

Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List

In the first month of classes, you’ll receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Office. It’s critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
  • All IES courses as of May 2012 are in the MyEAP catalog. You’ll add whichever IES courses you’re taking to your Study List. Then, you’ll need to enter course information for new course offerings from KNC or JNU.
  • Include the correct number of UC units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
  • The Systemwide Office reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists. Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your transcript.
  • If you have concerns about meeting program requirements or other related questions, first consult the relevant sections of the Academic chapter of the UGSA, then contact the Systemwide Office if needed.



Fall grades are expected in February. Spring is a new program option, and we do not know when to expect grades.


Specifically, note the 90-day window for processing batches of grades. You can only request individually expedited grades once it has been 90 days since the end of the program, and then only if your particular grades are complete (often the problem is with the host university’s particular department or division).
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Diversity at UCEAP
UCEAP Insurance Plan
IES Insurance
Read the Insurance and Health chapters of your IES Abroad Student Handbook.
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
​The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. You will receive information from local staff during the required onsite orientation.
Physical Health



Air Quality
A recent study ranked placed India’s air quality at 174 out of 178 countries. Delhi’s air is clearly among the world’s worst. The high pollution is partly to blame for the dense haze and smog -- in India euphemistically referred to as fog -- that engulfs New Delhi during the winter months. In December 2013 and January 2014, Delhi suffered what by some accounts was considered the worst smog in eight years. Poor visibility due to the smog led to over 600 domestic and international flight cancellations and/or delays. Other airports in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh were also affected, as was railway and road traffic.
India’s poor air quality is due not just to the high volume of cars on the road, but coal-fired power plants are a major contributor. India relies on coal for more than half of its electricity generation. Polluting industries, like brick-making, are often close to densely-populated areas. Burning organic refuse, charcoal, wood, animal dung, and agricultural waste is prevalent throughout rural and urban India.
To track the air quality in New Delhi, India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences website provides an online visualization (use the “Air Quality online” link) that reportedly takes air quality samples hourly from several locations around the city. While it uses a similar-coded color scheme as the U.S. EPA’s AQI, the categories are labeled differently: good, moderate, poor, very poor, and very unhealthy. Moreover, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee also offers real-time air quality data. Another resource is the Asia Air Pollution website, which provides AQI figures for Bangalore, Chennai, Lucknow, New Delhi, and Pune.
Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves when pollution levels are “hazardous” and above.  Some people are at higher risk from PM2.5 exposure.  People most at risk from particle pollution exposure include those with heart or lung disease (including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; phlegm; chest tightness; and shortness of breath. These symptoms should go away when air quality improves.
  • Wear an N-95 FDA-respirator.
  • Get updated information about local air quality.
  • Plan activiaties when pollution levels are lower.
  • Avoid exercising near busy roads, during rush hour, or in industrial areas. On hot, sunny days when ozone levels are high, especially in the afternoons and early evenings, consider exercising indoors.
  • Change your activity level during higher levels of pollution.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Consult with a health care provider.
  • If you are in an at-risk group, don’t wait until pollution reaches the “hazardous” category to take action to reduce your exposure.
Mental Health
Don't try to handle things alone. Report any distress to onsite staff.
Health Risks
Prescription Medications
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Natural Disasters
Sexual Assault and Harassment


UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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