PUNE: Alliance for Global Education

pune, India

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  • Fall Semester - Mid August- Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Mid May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

The Contemporary India semester program introduces U.S. undergraduates to some of the most dynamic, exciting areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. Environmental issues, development, social justice, economics and public health, in particular, are key areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions.


This program has 2 required courses:

  1. SOCI 360 Contemporary India
  2. INTS 380 Internship / DIRR 380 Directed Research / FILM 380 Documentary Film

You then choose an additional 3 elective courses, at least one of which must be directly related to the internship, directed study, or documentary film.

Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

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Host University

The Alliance's Pune program is based at Fergusson College, one of India's oldest and most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Founded by nationalist leaders in 1885, and alma mater to two prime ministers and scores of national leaders, Fergusson enjoys a beautiful green campus in the thriving, centrally-located Deccan Gymkhana neighborhood. Alliance students are able to enjoy the best of campus life while having a welcoming program center dedicated to Alliance courses and activities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

      • Complete OISP online application
      • Complete Alliance online application

        Please submit the following directly to OISP:

      • Two (2) letters of recommendation
      • Official transcript
      • Statement of purpose
      • 8 Passport sized photos
      • Internship/Directed Research Intent Form
      • Study Abroad Advisor Form
      • Student Visa Authorization Form
      • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students have the option of a homestay or shared apartment. All housing is associated with an Indian host.

Shared Apartment:

A host family with close connections to the Alliance program owns and manages a ladies’ hostel with the sole purpose is to provide affordable housing for female Indian students who come to Pune to study. The family lives on-site to provide both practical and personal care for all of the students living in their multi-story residences. Female Alliance students have been allocated a shared-apartment on one floor of a hostel that includes four rooms off of a common shared area. All female students should be prepared to share a room with another Alliance student or an Indian student.

A second host offers a shared apartment housing opportunity for male Alliance students. The family lives on-site to provide both practical and personal care for the American students living in their residence. Male Alliance students will live together in double rooms within a shared apartment that includes two rooms off of a common shared area.

Each room has shared restroom and shower facilities, and students eat most dinners together in the building’s communal kitchen/dining hall. You can budget roughly $5-$10 a day for food with the communal dinners and with breakfast provided on weekdays at the program center.

The hostel buildings are strictly single-sex and no co-ed visits are permitted (including family members). In addition, you should expect to spend most evenings in your room or within the residence. If you do go out, expect to plan to return at a reasonable (fairly early) hour. A 10:00PM curfew is often imposed for all hostel residents, and Alliance students are expected to abide by any such policies.


The rooms in homestays vary in size and layout depending on the host, and all students should be prepared to share a room with another Alliance student. In general, students should not expect the same levels of privacy to which they might be accustomed in the U.S. You will often be welcomed into the family, brought along to religious, cultural, and community activities, and introduced widely among their friends and family.

In homestays, most evening meals will be taken with the family, though lunches on weekdays are eaten out in the proximity of campus, and breakfast is provided at the program center. In addition, you should expect to spend most evenings in with your host family, and if you do go out, to plan to return at a reasonable (fairly early) hour. A 10:00PM curfew is often imposed in homestays and Alliance students are expected to abide by any such policies.

It is important for students to understand the changes in lifestyle that will be required in a homestay, and the more demanding guidelines for appropriate behavior that will be asked of them



Pune (also known as Poona), a vibrant, bustling city of 3.5 million people that has long been considered India's intellectual center, makes an ideal location to study contemporary India. A short train ride from the mega-city of Mumbai, Pune offers U.S. undergraduates a stimulating exposure to the best and most intriguing elements of contemporary India--a dynamic, multi-dimensional India that is both rooted in tradition and increasingly global.

Recently named in Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top three emerging global cities, Pune is home to many of India’s most prestigious academic institutions and has a thriving student scene. In addition to a wealth of traditional culture and performing arts resources, Pune hosts many of the country’s most forward-thinking NGOs and is a striking example of the “new India,” with technology and international business rapidly bringing a new dimension to its already multi-faceted urban landscape.