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Study Abroad

Hofstra in India Program

Study in India Program at the University of Hyderabad
Spring Semester 2014

About the Program

Spend a semester at the prestigious University of Hyderabad through its acclaimed Study in India Program (SIP).  This interdisciplinary program emphasizes heritage, continuity and change in India, and enrolls approximately 150 international students each year.  The Hofstra in India Program is offered through the Asian Studies Program in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Hofstra University students enroll in a full semester of courses (typically 12 semester hours) selected from SIP courses for international students, regular university courses, as well as noncredit courses in areas such as yoga or Indian classical dance.  In recent years, course offerings have included Indian Languages (Hindi, Telegu) at all levels, as well as courses on the Indian Diaspora, Indian Politics, Muslim Communities in India, Caste in Modern India, Indian History, and Art.

The University of Hyderabad is the first federally funded university established in South India, and ranks among India’s premier academic institutions.  The university has programs in human rights, women’s studies, folk culture, regional studies, Indian diaspora, management, and more.  The 2,000-acre campus is located in the vibrant city of Hyderabad, at the crossroads between the south and north, and where Hindu and Islamic civilizations intertwine.  The university enrolls 2,700 students annually, and features a vibrant intellectual and social life.  International students in the SIP program are housed comfortably in the Tagore International House.

Program of Study

Courses are offered in a variety of subjects at schools throughout the university, including courses specifically intended for students in the Study in India Program.  Prior to departure, Hofstra students work out a schedule with the program director and arrange for credits.  (Eventually most courses in the SIP will be pre-approved and credit will transfer automatically.)  Upon arrival in India, students have an orientation meeting with the local director and other students in the program before beginning classes. Students should be prepared to arrive in India on or before January 2, 2014, as the Indian semester runs from early January through the end of April.

Study India Program Courses

Most students select the majority of their courses from courses offered through SIP, as they are designed for international students in the Study in India Program.  These  include language courses, as well as courses on Indian art, history, culture, politics, society and business.  Spring 2014 courses will likely include:

  • Hindi Language Courses
  • Modern Indian History
  • NGOs and Development
  • History, Philosophy and the Science of Ayurveda
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Modernity and Nationalism in Indian Art
  • Kuchipudi Dance

General University Courses

Hofstra students also have the opportunity to enroll in regular University of Hyderabad courses.  This option includes courses in the School of Management and may also include independent studies.  Spring 2014 courses may include:

  • Nation as an Evolving Concept
  • Foundation Course in Buddhism
  • Sociology of Muslim Communities
  • Urban Sociology
  • Caste in Modern India
  • Indian Political Process
  • Politics of Globalization
  • Human Rights in India: Socioeconomic Context
  • Migration, Diaspora, and Transnationalism
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Evolution of the Indian Economy Since Independence
  • Ancient India
  • Women in India from the 18th to the 20th Century
  • Cultural History of Modern India
  • Indian National Movement, 1919-1947
  • Gay Indian Literature

Program Cost*

The estimated cost for the semester-long program is $10,000.  The program fee includes tuition (12 s.h.), housing (in a double room; single rooms are available at a modest supplement), health insurance, and ground transportation.  Economical board packages may be purchased once there.  This fee does not include airfare; the estimated cost for round-trip airfare is $2,000, though cheaper flights may be available.
*Class size is limited.  The program fee is based on 2013 rates and is subject to change.


Students from Hofstra University and other universities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have junior class standing, a GPA of 3.0 or higher OR permission of the program director(s). 

Application Information

For an application, please visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab. Download and complete the Study India Program application and the four (4) necessary forms.  Bring completed application, necessary forms and $400 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Patricia Welch
Co-Director, Hofstra in India Program
Associate Professor; Director of Asian Studies
312B Calkins Hall
107 Hofstra University
Hempstead NY 11549-1070

Dr. Margaret Abraham
Co-Director, Hofstra in India Program
Professor of Sociology
Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives
205A Davison Hall
110 Hofstra University
Hempstead NY 11549-1100

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