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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at University of Hyderabad in India


Explore India in Hyderabad, the dynamic and cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. Known for both its unique cultural identity incorporating both the Hindi and Muslim faiths and its role as India’s information technology hub, Hyderabad maintains its traditional identity with modern appeal. This vibrant city is ideally located in central India serving as a gateway to both the North and South. 

The University of Hyderabad is recognized as a leading institution of higher education and research in India. Students have the opportunity to study Hindi, Telugu, Urdu or Sanskrit languages while taking courses in a multitude of academic fields. The 2300 acre campus is located outside of the bustling center of Hyderabad.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the University of Hyderabad here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Direct-Enroll ONLY


Hyderabad, India

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: July to Early December

Spring 2019: Late December/Early January to Late April/Early May.

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.  


Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is Excellent


Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, is the point where Northern and Southern Indian languages meet and where Hindu and Islamic civilizations mingle. Hyderabad’s rich tradition in art/poetry, calligraphy, architecture, dance, and music is an old regional strength. Modern urban Hyderabad’s information technology base, enterprising financial institutions, and trendsetting youth cultures bring this vigor into a new landscape. 

The University’s scenic campus is one of the largest in India and students will have the option to rent bicycles to make commute around campus easier. The campus is rich with foliage and is home to peacocks and beautiful birds. Special features include the aptly named Peacock Lake and the iconic Mushroom Rock. Public transport (buses and auto rickshaws) are easily accessible outside the gates of the University, and some buses come inside the campus. The SIP or Tagore International House staff can assist you with reserving a taxi.


Students who attend the University of Hyderabad have the unique opportunity to experience life in India, both inside the classroom and out. Students take classes in a variety of different fields, including the very popular Study in India Program (SIP), an inter-disciplinary program that offers course options such as the study of Indian languages, social sciences, humanities and performing arts. Students also have many opportunities to join clubs, attend educational seminars and participate in a number of excursions and field trips. Whether it’s experiencing the Taj Mahal first-hand or practicing yoga with an expert, University of Hyderabad offers an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

All courses and official and administrative issues will be handled in the Study in India (SIP) Office, which is located on the South Campus. The average course is worth 4 credits (1 Lake Forest credit), and the typical course load is 4 courses per semester. 

There are four types of courses:

  • Regular University courses (along with the Indian Students) in different schools/departments/centers.
  • Independent/directed study where a faculty member supervises readings, field study and research focused on a specific topic. To partake in an independent study, the student must submit a written request to SIP staff. This option is only recommended for highly motivated students.
  • Courses involving practice/performance, e.g. Indian Classical Dance, Theater, Music, Painting, Sculpture, etc.
  • Non-credit courses such as Yoga, Tabla, Kathak, etc.


Course offerings include English Literature, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, Sanskrit, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communication (which include Television Production), Comparative Literature, Computer Sciences, Dance, Economics, Electronics, History, Management, Mathematics, Painting, Philosophy, Physics, Plant and Animal Sciences, Political Science, Sculpture, Sociology, Statistics, Theater, and Translation Studies. Interdisciplinary courses include Cognitive Sciences, Earth Sciences, Folk Culture, High Energy Materials, Human Rights, Indian Diaspora, Nanotechnology, Regional Studies, Simulation and Modeling, Women’s Studies, etc.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp



Language Courses: Indian language courses (Hindi, Telegu, Urdu, and Sanskrit) are offered during the academic year for all levels. 



ISEP Direct semester/full year students must have junior or senior status with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Sophomores are welcome to apply for the summer program.


Course registration at Hyderabad is different from most other countries. When international students arrive on campus, the first few weeks are spent visiting with the deans of the desired academic departments to negotiate a course schedule for the semester. If the department does not currently offer the desired course, an independent study is often arranged or the Study in India Program department may develop a class that several international students could take. Students need to be very flexible and prepared to communicate with their academic advisor back home during the first few weeks to determine a suitable course load. 

The “University Homepage” link gives you an idea of the types of courses that Hyderabad has offered in the past. 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

There are currently no formal volunteer opportunities or service learning opportunities available for students. However, should students express an interest in a particular kind of volunteering, faculty members who have contacts with the appropriate NGOs and government organizations are happy to informally advise students.

Student Life

The first Central (federally funded) University to be established in Southern India (in 1974), the University of Hyderabad is a premier postgraduate and research university, with over 300 faculty and 3000 students. It was recognized by the National Information System for Science & Technology in 1999 as the only “High Output-High Impact” University among the top 10 academic institutions in India. The University Grants Commission of India has placed the University of Hyderabad in a group of the nation’s top five “Universities with Potential for Excellence”. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded the highest rating (A*****) to the University. 

The University’s Study in India Program (SIP) is an interdisciplinary initiative that emphasizes heritage, continuity, and change in India. The unique aspect of SIP has been that the students’ interests have been given primary attention. One-on-one counseling via email, contact prior to arrival and in person, meeting after arrival, provided by the SIP faculty and student counselors, lead to a good match between students’ preferences and the courses they take. In some cases, independent studies are devised for SIP students.



All important information will be provided in detail during the orientation session. The ISEP coordinator will also advise each ISEP student concerning their planned course of study before the student registers. Other specific examples of what will be covered during orientation include:

  • Information Session on Daily Life in India
  • City Tour and Campus Orientation
  • Visa Information Session
  • Safety in India Session
  • Visa/Police Registration Information Session
  • Medical Assessment
  • Course Registration & Advising Session


Airport pickup will be provided. Please contact the ISEP Coordinator at Hyderabad for more information.


Students have access to sports facilities available on campus where they play football, volleyball, cricket, and also indoor games like chess, badminton, and table tennis. Students also have free access to all the cultural programs on campus.

Housing and Meals

All ISEP students live in the Tagore International House (TIH), which is located just down the street from the Study in India Program building. Each room houses two students and each floor have a common bathroom. The TIH has a computer room, an open lounge, and a recreation room. All students receive a meal plan and dine on the first floor of the TIH. The meals are primarily Indian and vegetarian, and bottled water is provided at all times. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable)


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

Here is a link to the ISEP Student Blog! Click here.



“I learned so much about looking at the world through a different set of eyes. I became more independent, but also better able to connect with others. It was an experience that I will never forget.” –Eden Rouse, East Carolina University