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  • Locations: Hyderabad, India
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion/Theology, Sociology Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Hindi Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


Hyderbad marketSpend a semester at the Arts + Sciences program, Hyderabad, India. Hyderbad is a city of juxtaposition – old and new, north and south, Hindu and Muslim. Once ruled by bejeweled Nizams, it’s now a global hub for biotech, animation, and information tech. The sprawling city is an urban stew of construction, music, clothing shops, inconceivable traffic, food bazaars, department stores, global businesses like Microsoft and Google, and magnificent ancient architecture.

Explore every aspect of Indian life in a diverse, cosmopolitan city. Choose from classes specially designed for international students, as well as a vast selection of direct-enroll options at an award-winning university.

ARTS: Literature, Communication Studies, Design, Economics,  English (literature and linguistics), History, International Relations, and Political Science.
SCIENCES:  Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Plant Science, and Mathematics. **Please note: To enroll in these Science courses at the University of Hyderabad, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site. However, University of Hyderabad syllabi are available upon request.

Additional opportunities include:
Volunteering Give two hours a week and get back much more. Build school gardens, tutor orphaned boys, teach English and self-esteem to girls, paint with kids with HIV, or develop interventions for minority communities.
Peer-to-peer tutoring: Students in language courses can pair up with Indian university students for support and to help you get involved on campus.  
Independent Studies:Investigate the textile industry, modern religion, the impact of climate change, marginalized communities, or another intriguing topic with a faculty advisor from the Study in India Program (SIP).

Courses and Credits

For course listing and syllabi go to the Hyderabad Arts + Sciences program page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

Students enroll in four courses per semester:
  • Choose from Study in India program (SIP) courses SIP, geared towards international students, and/or direct-enroll in a wide variety of courses at University of Hyderabad.
  • We recommend at least one University of Hyderabad course so you can attend class with Indian students.
  • A 3-credit Intercultural Communication Leadership (ICL) course  option is available.

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


HOMESTAY: To fully experience Indian culture firsthand, students can live with a host family, many of whom have hosted CIEE students for many years. Students usually eat breakfast and a vegetarian dinner with the family, and receive monthly stipends for lunch and transportation to the university, no more than 12 miles away.
MEALS: Students have two meals a day with their host family, and are compensated to buy lunch on their own.
RESIDENCE HALL AT TAGORE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE:  Students live in double rooms with an international roommate on the university campus. Students have access to a common dining room, computer lab, laundry facilities, and a cafeteria that serves Indian and some western dishes. Tagore House is 1.8 miles from central campus. Students ride bicycles, take the university shuttle, or walk to and from class.
MEALS: Students are provided with all meals at the residence hall cafeteria.


Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover tuition, program costs included, housing, meals for Hyderabad, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-19 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Total Fall Fees: $23,330
  • Total Spring Fees: $24,830
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • International Airfare:  $1,140
  • Local Transportation: $150
  • Books & Supplies: $250
  • Personal: $2,000


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for Hyderabad.
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: APRIL 1, 2018.