India, Pune - KEI: Symbiosis International University

Study a full range of academic subjects in India’s educational capital while immersing yourself in a beautiful culture enriched by its’ history.

Location

Study in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra.  Home to over 100 universities, institutes, and research facilities, Pune is also known as the educational center of India.  While the city’s economy and society is growing quickly (due to the close proximity of Mumbai), unfortunately, 40 percent of the population still lives in poverty.  Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra, while Hindi and English are also spoken widely.

Institution

Symbiosis International University is one of India’s leading educational institutions. The institute was founded in 1974. There are over 45,000 students represented by over 60 different nationalities. The university has 17 colleges, centers, museums, and schools. The teaching system is based on the British model that uses syllabi, lectures, discussions, and sometimes hands-on teaching styles.

Academics

Students enroll alongside SIU students in English-taught courses. The participants live in a dormitory housing students from across the globe and from India. Past semesters have included trips to the Taj Mahal and Mumbai to see the Elephanta Island and other attractions. Internships are available for credit and students can also partake in volunteer opportunities.

All classes are held at the University, allowing KEI students to take courses with Indian students.  Courses are 4 credits each, and students can enroll in up to 5 courses per semester for a total of 20 credits. Students are required to take the course, Comprehending India: The Living Past, and are recommending to take Hindi Language. A wide range of subjects are available. Internships are 3 to 6 credits and require a two-month extension at the end of the semester.

Student Life & Co-Curricular

While there are numerous sights around Pune that students can visit, there are also activities run by the university and KEI. Students can also volunteer and take part in community service projects at humanitarian organizations, schools, orphanages, and other sites. There is no minimum requirement for hours. Credit is not offered for community service. KEI organizes overnight and day trips during the program, which include transportation, lodging, and group activities. Destinations of field trips include: Pune’s historical attractions, Mumbai, an overnight trip to Ajanta and the Ellora Caves.

Housing

Students live in the Residence Dormitories—double occupancy rooms equipped with two beds, desks, and dressers.  Rooms are shared with an Indian, international, or American student.  The program includes a partial meal-plan, which includes five dinners per week at the Symbiosis cafeteria.

Program Cost           

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply
Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more Information on the Marist Abroad application process.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about the program, please click here to contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlin Paul. Please click here for additional information on the program.

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