Direct Admissions

University Of Hyderabad accords a high priority to the internationalization of its teaching and research programs. The University has been accepting students from various countries, including Iran, Myanmar, Thailand, Mongolia, Syria, Tanzania, Yemen, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guyana, Uzbekistan and Japan.

The Office of International Affairs coordinates the University’s international collaborations in close contact with the    university leadership, various faculties and departments. The office is responsible for the University’s bilateral agreements and participation in networks and organizations.

Please check the prospectus, which is available on the academic website: http://acad.uohyd.ac.in/downloads/PROS21.PDF for minimum qualifications, eligibility requirements, tuition fee etc. Following are the documents to be submitted along with the application if you want to come in as a self financed student / scholar;

  1. Copies of marks memos from High School onwards (10th, 11th & 12th grade transcripts ); Bachelor’s and Master’s transcripts (depending on the program you are applying for)
  2. Copy of Passport / OCI
  3. Proof of financial support (bank statement for the last three months)
  4. Two letters of recommendation from your faculty members (the letters must be on the letter head of the faculty members or they can email us directly through their official email id)
  5. Research Proposal and Synopsis (in case of PhD applicants)
  6. C.V (in case of PhD applicants)

Attached is a copy of the application form for admission of foreign nationals, which may be downloaded and filled out. The deadline for applications is 30th April every year.   Application Form

The soft copy of the above documents must be sent to:

The Director
Office for International Affairs
Ground floor, SIP Building, South Campus,
University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli,
Hyderabad 500 046


a)  Applications:  The University may consider the admission of foreign nationals, “in absentia”, on the basis of their desire “to be considered in absentia.2 Their admission under the 15% bracket for International Student, to any programme, is subject to the condition that they are found suitable for admission by the Admissions Committee of the Centre/Department/School.

b)  Academic qualification: A prospective Foreign National has to fulfil the eligibility conditions, including the required qualifying degree and marks/grades, as prescribed for Indian students. These conditions can be found in the prospectus which is available on the University website (uohyd.ac.in or www.acad.uohyd.ac.in). In case a student’s parent University does not have a program which is prescribed as minimum eligibility condition, equivalent program may be considered. In this respect the Admission Committee’s decision is final.

1. NRI’s with Indian Passport are Indian Nationals and therefore, cannot be considered as International Students.
2. Foreign Nationals whose qualifying degree is from India and who are resident in India at the time of application, in order to be considered for admission into any program/course should take some part of the entrance examination in the form of interviews in the University as prescribed by the Centre/ Department/School.

c)  English proficiency: Proficiency in English is a pre-condition for admission of foreign nationals. It is mandatory that all Foreign Nationals should provide one of the following two scores. The score should not be older than two years. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Academic version—minimum score of 6.5 is required; Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)—paper-based TOEFL: a minimum score of 560 is required; Computer-based TOEFL: a minimum score of 220 is required; internet-based TOEFL: a minimum score of 80 is required.

Applications should be accompanied by copies of relevant certificates, marks sheets together with the English version of such copies duly attested, if they are in a different language. All foreign nationals seeking admission to the University will be required to produce a medical certificate of fitness from a recognized hospital in their country. Those offered admission may also be required to undergo a comprehensive medical examination as prescribed by the University. 

Visa & Health Insurance:

A candidate selected for admission is given provisional intimation of admission, which can be used by the candidate to obtain VISA from his/her local Indian Consulate. It is essential that a Ph.D. student should obtain a “Research VISA” and other students a “Student VISA”. Prospective applicants for Research VISA needs to submit to the Consulate a research proposal along with University’s provisional acceptance of affiliation.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: No foreign national will be admitted without a student visa. Foreign nationals selected for Ph.D.    programmes will be allowed to complete the admission only after obtaining a Research Visa from the Indian Embassy abroad.

Health Insurance:

All the prospective students are required to buy an appropriate health insurance policy before arriving inIndia. It is essential that the student’s health insurance policy remains valid throughout the period of the student’s stay in this University. This will be checked at the time of admission.


If requested, hostel accommodation may be provided at various Men’s and Ladies’ Hostels of the University campus or in the Tagore International Guest House subject to availability, as per university norms.

Registration at the FRRO:

Under the Registration of Foreigners Rules 1939, every foreigner who is in India, for stay in excess of (90) ninety days (for purpose of other than tourism) is required to register himself/herself within (14) fourteen days of arrival in India with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer in the place of ordinary residence and declare his/her registered address.

Nearest FRRO:
Bureau of Immigration (MHA), Govt. of India,
Sardar Vallabhai Patel BoI OCR Complex,
Shamshabad-Pahadishareef Road near GMR Township (CISF Residential Quarters),
Mamidipally Shamshabad, Telangana, 501218

The FRRO office is about 35 kms from the campus of the University.  The Office of the International Affairs will assist the students in preparing necessary documents for the purpose.

Sponsored Programmes

Semester Programs

Academic Programs conducted at OIA (formerly known as SIP)

OIA (formerly SIP) Program caters to the needs of (primarily) undergraduate, students who enroll in the regular semester curriculum of our university, or in courses of shorter courses (3 months/6 weeks/4 weeks), which are customized by SIP to suit the needs of partner institutions. The credits earned through these courses are then transferred back to the home institutions of the students. Although most of the students who participate are from the USA and the Nordic countries, SIP has also had a steady stream of students from France, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Korea and Japan. The six-week summer course on Contemporary India has continued to draw immense interest and enrollment from students from all these countries.


 OIA (formerly SIP) works closely with the International Study Offices of major American and European Colleges, Universities as well as Education Consortiums in North America and Europe while designing programs and seeking student enrollments.  Our major institutional collaborators include the University of California (UCEAP), Duke University, Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, South Dakota State University (SDSU), University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In Europe, our major academic collaborator has been the Nordic Centre in India (NCI), which is a conglomerate of almost 20 Scandinavian universities.

In addition to the individual universities, SIP has also, over the years, established strong partnerships with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), and the International Study Abroad (ISA). The steadfast support and collaboration of these partners has been integral to the continuing success of the program.

Who Can Join?

The program is aimed at overseas students who have proficiency in English and meet the special prerequisites of the courses desired. The following can approach the Office for International Affairs:

  • Universities and their International Studies divisions or Study Abroad Programs.
  • Heads of Academic Programs, Disciplines, or Departments of Universities.
  • Institutions with a South Asia/Area Studies Program.
  • Higher education institutes or Councils of International Education.
  • NRI groups or associations.
  • Trade or business delegations or groups (for short-term courses).
  • Individual students after meeting the requirements of SIP

The Fall semester runs from late July till the end of November, and the Spring Semester from early January till early May. Students can take 12 to 20 credits (3-5 courses) in a semester. Students are allowed to take any regular classes (provided they have the prerequisites) being offered in the University of Hyderabad during the semester and interact with Indian students in a classroom setting.

The Semester program is the backbone of the internationalization of the campus. SIP now part of the Office for International Affairs acts as a single-window system facilitating both academic and administrative support to the students. At the orientation, university faculty who are coordinators provide one-on-one course counseling for the semester students. Students can take any of the following types of classes:

  1. Regular courses of the university, along with other Indian students. A broad list of courses are offered by different departments/schools.
  1. Specially designed SIP courses offered exclusively for foreign students, if three or more students opt for such a course. The courses could be on Indian languages — Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Sanskrit, etc. The other courses which have been of interest to students in the past are: Kuchipudi Dance, Indian Philosophy, Gender, Foreign Policy and Indian Cinema etc.
  1. Independent/Directed study where a faculty member supervises readings, field study and/or research focused on a topic. A few examples of such courses taken by the students in the past are: Pearl Markets in Hyderabad, Dalit Women and Water Rights, Organic Farming and Environment, An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music etc.
  1. Courses involving practice/performance, e.g. Indian Classical Dance, Theatre, Sitar, Painting, Sculpture, etc.
  1. Non-credit courses such as Yoga, Tabla, Kathak, etc.

While we strive to offer special courses designed to meet the interests of students, we attempt to integrate foreign students into the common classroom with other Indian students. We also offer specially designed programs during the semester for example a 10 week program for a U.S university to accommodate their quarter system.

The Admission Process:

  • 3rd or 4th year undergraduates, with at least 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply
  • Recommendation letters from faculty or Study Abroad administrators required
  • SIP Admissions Committee scrutinizes & approves
  • Course Counseling & Orientation offered upon arrival
  • Students register for 12-16 credits
  • Constant liaising with participating departments and faculty
  • Submission of grades/transcripts

Summer Programs

These are the more flexible programs designed in consultation with faculty and study abroad partner institutions. There are two models. One is a six-week program, which runs from the second week of June till the third week of July. Students normally take from 6 to 9 credits (2-3 courses). The courses are specially designed for the SIP students, eg Indian Politics, Gender and Society and Basic Hindi. Contemporary India is an interdisciplinary four- week course in the month which is very popular for more than 10 years. Courses as per the specific needs of an institution can also be designed. The examples of such courses are: ‘Contemporary India’ and ‘Gender and Society in Contemporary India’ being offered in July 14 – August 10, 2022 for students from Nordic Centre in India and University of Pittsburgh, as well as Media and Development for University of San Francisco and Pace University, New York.