IISAC's Semester in India Program - Pondicherry University


India: Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Imagine waking up each morning and reminding yourself, "Wow, I'm in India!"

Come and explore a country with a 5,000 year-old civilization, where mouthwatering curries, philosophical debates and morning yoga become part of your daily routine.

The Semester in India Program (SIP) provides you the opportunity to live and breathe India every waking day. Our program is unique in its design, emphasizing academic independence and cultural immersion. Students directly enroll at Pondicherry University (PU) in South India. Our students immerse themselves in popular classes like Classical Yoga, Hinduism and Its Practices and Postcolonial Literature.

PU is located in the city of historic Pondicherry, a charming coastal city with an imprint of French culture and seaside villas. English, French, Tamil and Hindi are commonly spoken in this scenic part of India, where Indian and Western cultures co-exist in harmony.

Program Dates:

Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Fall: July - November (Deadline: May 30)
Spring: January - May (Deadline: October 30)


As a non-profit organization, our goal is to make studying abroad in India affordable. For the Spring semester (mid January to early May), the SIP program fee of USD 6,400 includes:

* Five courses leading to 15 semester credits (fully transferable to your home college) with full breadth of fascinating subject areas including Ecology and Biodiversity, India Studies, Indian Languages, Performing Arts, Yoga, and Tropical Sciences
* Brand new Foreign Students Hostel with breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily
* A 10-day tour of South India
* Two full days of interactive tropical biodiversity and alternative medicine seminars
* Pre-travel orientation, visa assistance, transportation from Chennai International Airport to Pondicherry and cultural orientation

9 Overall Experience

Semester on the Subcontinent

Shocked. India completely shocked me. I never could have imagined anything like it, being it was my first visit to a developing nation. From the moment I stepped off the plane and into the airport I knew I was in for an adventure.

The program did a great job easing students into the culture with a 10-day south India tour. Accommodation was provided on campus at the 'foreign student hostel' which had aircon, a cleaning staff, a full kitchen, internet access, and a washing machine for clothes. Meals were delivered to the hostel as well. Any issues could be brought to the attention of the university support person or the program director himself, Dr. Sunny Luke, who was in-country. These two individuals were more than accommodating working with Western students and the struggles we experienced.

If you're looking for an experience that will most certainly change your perspective, your life, I highly recommend the Semester in India program!

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