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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
12/28/2018 05/07/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
07/09/2019 12/03/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by : CIEE Hyderabad
Academic Focus:
South Asian Studies, Hindi language, Urdu language, Telugu language, Anthropology, Art, Communications, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Film Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology. This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.
Eligibility Requirements:
Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements and have junior standing.
Program Information:
The program is designed for students with a desire to understand the complexities and paradoxes of the world's largest democracy. Students have the opportunity to explore India's cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition. This program is also ideal for a student who would like to do a service project, participate in volunteer work or undertake an internship.  Students choose from extensive course options in social sciences, humanities, performing arts, life sciences, and computer/information sciences. The program includes site visits ancient mosques, temples, religious centers, and Golconda Fort; group excursions to Hampi, Visakhapatnam, Mysore, or Melkote; and yoga classes at the yoga center on campus.  Students may learn traditional Indian music and dance through classes conducted by experts.  In addition, the program offers a range of language courses.
The goal of the Arts and Sciences program is to enhance students' knowledge of India from interdisciplinary perspectives. The orientation in Hyderabad, combined with specialized and direct enrollment courses throughout the semester, enables participants to grasp the historic and cultural density of the largest democracy in the world. Situated at the gateway between northern and southern India, Hyderabad's location ensures that students gain insight into the linguistic, religious, and cultural diversity of the region in a city undergoing massive physical and cultural transformation due to India's rapid ascension in the global economy.
The academic program is offered in collaboration with the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad. SIP provides international students the opportunity to study various aspects of Indian society, history, and culture, and creates an international environment on campus. SIP is nationally recognized by the Ministry of Education in India for its international education model. The CIEE Study Center at the University of Hyderabad offers students a combination of specially designed courses organized by SIP along with direct enrollment in regular University courses.
The University of Hyderabad is an undergraduate and graduate-level Indian university. This designation is somewhat different than in the U.S. system, but does not provide a barrier to undergraduates. The B.A. degree in India is three years in duration. M.A. students in their first year of study are roughly at an equivalent level to a senior at a U.S. university. Because the University of Hyderabad primarily provides graduate education, CIEE students should expect a good deal of independent work in each direct enrollment class, including, but not limited to, reading all of the books and articles in the suggested readings list for each course. As the academic classroom environment in all direct enrollment courses at the University is vastly different from classes in the U.S., students should enroll in these courses with an open mind and be prepared for minimal classroom discussion and in-depth lectures from their professors. Due to regulations and limited resources in the University library, students should also be prepared to do most of their research by accessing their home institution library database online.
CIEE students primarily take their classes from the arts, social sciences, and humanities departments. The student body is made up mostly of Indian students drawn from all over the country. Classes are relatively small and are taught through lecture. Some but not all professors welcome discussion and active student participation in direct enrollment classes. SIP courses are similar to courses found at U.S. universities. Many faculty members who teach specialized courses for the SIP have experience teaching American students.
As no scheduled academic break exists in the University calendar, semester students are encouraged to travel following the program end date. Academic year students have a three-week break in December.
A full course load typically consists of four courses for a total of 16 credit hours.
Students are required to enroll in a locally-spoken language course.  Students are may enroll in Hindi at their level (offered basic to advanced).  Students who already speak Hindi or wish to take a language in addition to Hindi may choose from Sanskrit, Telugu, or Urdu- all offered at the basic level.
All other courses are electives chosen by the student from the Study in India Program (SIP) offered at the University of Hyderabad, or from the University of Hyderabads general course offerings open to degree-seeking Indian students.  There are hundreds of course offerings, including topics such as: Creative Writing in India, India in World Affairs, Indian Philosophy, Indian Writing in English, Religion and Politics in Modern India and Sociology of Gender.
Brief course descriptions and a more thorough overview of courses available can be found here:
Credit and Grade Translation - CIEE Hyderabad

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this blanket approved list: Blanket Approval List
Living Arrangements:
Students have the choice of two housing options: the Tagore International House (designed for study abroad students at the University) or a home-stay. Meals are included with both options. More housing details are online here:
Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheets. Fall Spring
Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarship for under-represented students), NSEP Boren Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, CIEE Scholarships. For more information, please click here. 
Jeremy Billetdeaux, 404-727-2240,
Scott Kugle, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies,

This program is currently not accepting applications.