CIEE Hyderabad

  • Location: Hyderabad, India
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Hyderabad, located in the predominantly Hindu state of Andhra Pradesh, is a bustling city with a diverse population that combines Muslim and Hindu cultures. It stands as a point of interaction between Northern and Southern, rural and urban, and past and present India. On the one hand, it has a rich tradition in art, poetry, calligraphy, architecture, dance, and music. On the other, it is at the center of the technological advances of the 21st century and has a thriving youth culture and enterprising financial institutions. Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in India and is at the heart of India’s development strategies. Good public transportation makes Hyderabad an excellent base from which to visit other areas of the country. The language of the state is Telugu, but in Hyderabad, Urdu is also spoken, and people are comfortable with Hindi. English is also widely spoken.

  • Visa:

    Required. Effective May 21, 2014, the Consulates of India transitioned visa processing from BLS to Cox & Kings Global Services (

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students planning to study abroad in India are required to interview with Professor Raji Mohan, the faculty advisor for this program.

    All students are required to take one core course called “Indian Religious Traditions”. CIEE has strict class attendance and alcohol policies.

    Academic Credit

    Students are expected to take 4 courses or 16 credits. The language classes meet 5-6 hours a week and other courses meet 3-6 hours a week. In addition, students are required to attend field trips, seminars, lectures, and film screenings related to the courses. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    The university has eight schools: chemistry; life sciences; mathematics and computer and information sciences; physics; humanities; social sciences; management studies; performing arts, Oine arts, and communication.

    Many classes include frequent field trips.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Feminine and Gender Studies, Film, Fine Arts, Health Studies, Hindi (Basic,Conversational, Intermediate I, II, Advanced), History, Indian Art, Indian Philosophy, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Psychology, Religion, Sanskrit, Sociology, Telugu, Theater, Urdu, Yoga

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: CIEE staff organize a comprehensive mandatory orientation in Hyderabad that includes information on academic requirements, safety and security issues, a campus tour, an introduction to student facilities, academic conventions in India, and interactive workshops on cross-cultural issues.

    Number of Students: Typically 15-25 participants each semester. The University of Hyderabad has 2,100 total students.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Tagore International House (1.8 miles from the central part of the University of Hyderabad campus) or group homestay. The Tagore International House provides furnished, air conditioned, single and double occupancy rooms. It also includes a common dining room, a small computer facility, TV room, and laundry facilities with washers. Food is prepared for students. While most of the food is Indian, some western food items are also available, and there are many vegetarian options. In a group homestay, participants live with an Indian family and two or three other CIEE study abroad students. Students share a double room and bath. CIEE currently works with two homestay families who can accommodate six 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.

    Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Students can take yoga at the yoga center located on campus, study classical Indian music through Sitar and Tabla lessons, or learn the North Indian classical dance Kathak and Henna design. The study center also organizes a cooking class where students have the opportunity to learn a combination of Hyderabadi and North and South Indian cuisines. During fall semester, the study center organizes a trip to a folk goddess temple during a local festival and a visit to the biggest Ganesha idol in Hyderabad city. Students also get opportunities to celebrate the Sankranthi festival by flying kites and ‘Holi’ (festival of colors) during spring semester. During the semester students see Mysore, Byllakuppe, and Melkote, or Hampi, a world heritage centre and the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India, and Badami, visit saree weavers (entrepreneurs), and explore Buddhist and Jain temples in Karnataka, and Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh. In the past, study abroad students have also taken trips to NGOs that work with women and children in rural parts of Andhra Pradesh.


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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Mid-July to early December
  • Semester II: Late December to early May
  • Year: Mid-July to early May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Raji Mohan