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Semester Studies

Semester in India Program at the University of Kerala

IISAC developed the first Semester in India Program for US universities with Pondicherry University in the year 1999. The academic flexibility, US semester compatibility, credit transferability, cultural immersion activities, educational tours designed by IISAC as well as the high end accommodation provided for the US semester students made the “SIP” program popular among the US universities. For the last 15years, more than 90 US universities have associated with IISAC for the Semester in India Program.

In the year 2014, IISAC initiated a new Semester in India Program with the University of Kerala in its Kariyavattom campus and it is now offered to all US and Canadian universities.

University of Kerala (UoK) is a State university of the Government of Kerala and was founded in 1937 as one of the first 16 universities in India. Being a research, teaching and affiliating university, UoK offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in all fields and subjects.

IISAC’s Semester Kerala Program with UoK is located on a 600acre scenic campus of Kariyavattom near the Arabian Sea that is 10km from the cosmopolitan and historic Thiruvananthapuram. This program allows American students from universities and colleges to pursue academic and cultural experiences in a developing country like India. Studying abroad in India will expose students to one of the ancient eastern cultures and equip them with skills and knowledge to adapt to a diverse environment. Students have the benefit of taking academic courses at the University of Kerala, as well as gaining cultural experiences through the Grand India Study Tour.

IISAC’s Semester Kerala Program Highlights

Least expensive study abroad program and a true value for money.

  • Earn 15-18 American University credits from the University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus in Thiruvananthapuram. Fall, Spring & Year- long programs.
  • Enroll in courses related to liberal arts, general education, majors and minors. Special courses on Kerala and Indian society, culture, philosophy, biodiversity, languages & religions
  • More than 30 University departments to match with your majors of study from Philosophy to Biotechnology
  • More than 500 courses in each semester to customize your curriculum
  • Gain practical experience in Malayalam, Hindi, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Dance, Musical instruments and Painting
  • World class accommodation at the Techno park guest home with amenities like swimming pool, indoor and outdoor stadiums & gymnasiums
  • Explore India through IISAC’s organized educational tours of South and North India as a part of the program
  • Weekend getaways to beaches, backwaters, rain forests, museums, performing centers, wild life sanctuaries and places of worship

Areas of study for the semester Kerala students

  • Indian Studies/Asian Studies/International Studies
  • Biodiversity/ Conservation/ Aquatic Biology/ Marine Biology
  • Sociology / Anthropology/ Social Work/ Women’s Studies
  • Philosophy/ Psychology/ Religious Studies
  • Accounting/ Finance/ Business Management
  • English/ Hindi/ Malayalam/ Sanskrit/ Linguistics
  • Arabic/ Russian/ German/ French
  • Yoga/ Ayurveda/ Meditation/ Martial Arts
  • Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Science/ Geology/ Chemistry
  • Zoology/ Botany/Medical Biology/ Bioinformatics
  • Physics/ Chemistry/Biochemistry/Electronics
  • Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Science
  • Performing Arts/ Music/ Film Studies
  • Journalism/ Electronic Media/ Creative Writing
  • Islamic Studies/Hindu Studies/Christian Studies

Specialized Courses on Indology

The following specially designed courses on Indology will be ideal to meet your general education requirements

Hinduism : Philosophy& Practices

Indo- US Relations

Gender and Society

Introduction to Kerala Studies

Cross – Cultural Psychology

Indian Political Systems

Basic/Advanced Malayalam

Doing Business with India

Post-colonial Literature

Christianity in Kerala – 2000 years of Faith

Tropical Biodiversity

Literature of India in Translation

Vedanta Philosophy

Tropical Agriculture

Social Stratification and Caste System in India

Indian Classical Dance & Music

Marine Life in India

Intercultural Seminars

Political Economy of India

Plant Diversity & Taxonomy

Indian Cinema – 100 years of History

Additionally, opportunities are available for directed research, special projects, practicum, field studies, service learning and volunteering.

Unforgettable Indian Experience

Along with your semester study at the University of Kerala in any field of your choice, you can also use your time in Kerala for a unique Indian experience through travel. IISAC Semester Kerala Program offers a total of 21 days of cross country tour starting from Trivandrum and ending in Jaipur/ Rajasthan.

The 14 days of Kerala orientation tour program is completely free while the tour of Delhi/ Agra/ Jaipur is highly subsidized by IISAC.

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