Hyderabad, India

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  • Fall Semester - Mid July - Early December
  • Spring Semester - Mid-January - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* March 1
  • Spring Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* Septebmer 25


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

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.


A mandatory course load for one semester is four courses. Study abroad students are required to take one language course – Hindi, Urdu, or Telugu – at the appropriate level as well as three additional courses either through the Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad or by directly matriculating in regular university courses.

It is recommended that students take two courses offered as part of SIP. These have been designed specifically for international students and are structured like classes taught in the U.S. CIEE strongly encourages each student to directly enroll in at least one course at the University of Hyderabad with local Indian students to ensure that they benefit from this unique cross-cultural opportunity. Students may enroll in more than one direct enrollment course, but they should be prepared for differences in course structure and delivery of information by the faculty. Independent/directed study courses, in which a faculty member supervises readings, field study, and/or research focused on a specific topic, are also available as direct enrollment courses at the university. Students interested in this option need to provide email confirmation from their study abroad advisor during the on-site registration process while in India.

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Host University

Founded more than 40 years ago, the University of Hyderabad was the first federally funded university in the southern part of India. In 2010, the university was ranked No. 1 in India by the Times of India. Recently The University of Hyderabad won The Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities in the categories of ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ for the year 2015 .

The university has over 400 faculty, 5,000 full-time students, and eight schools: Chemistry; Life Sciences; Mathematics and Computer and Information Sciences; Physics; Humanities; Social Sciences; Economics, Management Studies; and Performing Arts, Fine Arts, and Communication. The campus is located approximately 45 minutes from the downtown area by public transportation. The campus is quite large with many acres of arid landscape and wildlife typical of the region.

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

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Personal statement
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • Official transcript
    • 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). 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.


Study abroad students have the choice of two housing options, and meals are included with both. Although every attempt is made to grant each student’s preference, roommate and housing assignments are based upon availability and other factors. Therefore, housing preferences cannot be guaranteed. Housing options include:

Tagore International House—The Tagore International House provides furnished and air conditioned, single and double occupancy rooms on the University of Hyderabad campus. Students will be provided a double room by assigning a roommate either from CIEE or other study abroad groups. The Tagore International House also includes a common dining room, a small computer facility, TV room, and laundry facilities with washers. Food is excellent, with many vegetarian options. While most of the food is Indian, some western food items are also available. As Tagore International House is just 1.8 miles from the central campus, students typically ride bicycles, use the university shuttle service, or walk to and from class.

Group Homestays— CIEE currently works with homestay families who can accommodate3 to 4 students. Students usually eat breakfast and vegetarian dinner with the family, and are given monthly stipends for lunch and transportation to and from the university. There are reasonably priced cafeterias on campus for lunch. Homestay families live within a 12 mile radius from campus. Sharing in the life of a family through a homestay provides an excellent opportunity for interested students to experience various aspects of Indian culture.

Housing either in the Tagore International House or in homestays is not provided between semesters. Academic year study abroad students who remain in Hyderabad during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time. Depending upon availability of housing, students can opt to stay in the Tagore House but meal arrangements have to be made by the student.


Hyderabad, known as the City of Pearls, is the fourth-largest cosmopolitan city in India and is at the heart of India’s rapidly developing global economy. The city, once ruled by bejeweled Nizams from opulent palaces, is now a global hub for biotechnology, animation industry, information technology, amazing food, and a travel destination for domestic travelers looking to absorb its unique architecture and art. The city is an urban mix of construction, music, clothing shops, inconceivable traffic, food bazaars, department stores, global businesses, and city sprawl. It is the capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and embodies the juxtapositions of old and new, north and south, Hindu and Muslim. It’s home to offices for Microsoft, Google, and other techno giants – and also to ruins of the magnificent 13th-century Golconda Fort and iconic Charminar monument in the Old City.