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Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience in Hyderabad and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education. For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. It is 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 CIEE should be read carefully; for example, arrival dates
and visa instructions should be followed, and the CIEE contact information should be written down and kept with your passport in case of an emergency.
Always keep in mind, however, that you are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE in Hyderabad. This means that, among other things, the grades you earn while in Hyderabad will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, and unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP, rather than directly to CIEE. You will also carry an additional insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation. Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP with whom you need to communicate. 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 CIEE staff in Hyderabad, including:
Ms. Kavitha Gooty Venkata
Mobile: +91-986-604-7507 or +91-779-909-0448
Ms. Kate Shalvoy Mobile: +91-964-221-2109
Mr. Kalyan Murthy Mobile: +91-770-297-9730
Ms. Madhuri Gunti Mobile: +91-986-694-0823
Academics & Your UC Registration
Program Administration CIEE and UCEAP
As a UCEAP student in the University of Hyderabad program administered by CIEE, make sure you understand all of your academic resources, as well as your academic responsibilities. Always ask questions or look up the answers, rather than make assumptions. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of CIEE or U. of Hyderabad regulations – you must meet UCEAP requirements.
The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled in your courses both through CIEE/University of Hyderabad, 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 (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/CIEE cannot answer any questions about applying UCEAP work to major or degree requirements – ask your departmental advisor about that.
- CIEE PROGRAM HANDBOOK: The Academics section outlines your University of Hyderabad academic program, primarily through the University’s Study in India Program. Read pages 5-8 closely; you will be held accountable for this information, as well as UCEAP academic policies in the UGSA.
The recommended credits on page 8 of the CIEE Handbook are REQUIRED for UCEAP students:
- 24 UC quarter units (16 semester units), including one language course (see below)
- Most courses are 6 quarter/4 semester units. Note UCEAP primarily uses quarter unit values in publications, while CIEE generally uses semester unit values.
- In addition to your language course, you are recommended to take one direct enrollment course and two courses from the Study in India Program (or select U of H courses, recommended by the CIEE advisor).
Language Requirement: We recommend Hindi at the appropriate level (basic, intermediate, advanced).However, students may choose to take Basic Telugu, Urdu, or Sanskrit. Conversational Hindi is also offered, but is not recommended, especially for students who wish to continue study of Hindi in the U.S.
Who Should I Ask About...?
WHO SHOULD I ASK ABOUT…?
- UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List: UCEAP (email Liz Giles or Andrea Nuernberger in the Systemwide Office, see Contacts above)
- CIEE/Study in India/University of Hyderabad course specifics and concerns: CIEE on-site advisor
- 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 CIEE 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.
DUAL ENROLLMENT THROUGH CIEE AND UCEAP/MYEAP
Because you will be receiving direct UC credit, rather than transfer credit, you will effectively be enrolling both with CIEE 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 CIEE/University of Hyderabad: Signing up for courses
- Work with your CIEE on-site advisor to finalize your registration after arrival.
- 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 CIEE/Hyderabad 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 CIEE/Hyderabad 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.
- The general process is that you’ll search the MyEAP course catalog to select existing courses taken by previous students in Hyderabad, and enter course information for new course offerings.
- 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.
Direct Enrollment: Having Indian classmates is one of the best ways to connect with the local culture. Both UCEAP and CIEE recommend that you take one direct enrollment course at the University of Hyderabad, explained in detail in the CIEE Handbook. However, be ready for a different teaching style, academic culture, and faculty expectations; we recommend that most students take only one direct enroll course, and that you stick to your major, or another subject in which you have significant background.
Independent Travel: Note that the semester calendar does not include scheduled breaks, and independent travel breaks are not recommended during the term. Students should never ask faculty to accommodate examinations to their schedule. Exams are much more formal in India.
Attendance/Exams: Note that there is a 75% attendance requirement. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not even be allowed to take the final examination (which is often the majority of your grade).
Guides and Support: Remember to consult the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad for any academic and other questions. If you’re still confused, email Systemwide Office staff. If they aren’t the right person to answer your question, they’ll refer you to the right staff or advisor.
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your UCEAP insurance is primary coverage anywhere in the world. Coverage starts 14 days before the official start of the program and ends 31 days after the last day of the program. There is no co-pay or deductible.
The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. You will receive information from local staff during the required onsite orientation.
Don't try to handle things alone. Report any distress to onsite staff.
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.
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