Semester at TISS, Mumbai

NCI has an agreement with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) that enables Nordic member university students to study and spend a full semester in Mumbai. The aim of the program is to make it possible for students to pursue sound academic knowledge of India as well as gain experiences of the academic culture and living in India. Students can choose between a wide variety of courses across disciplines ad can also consider doing a field work course. Conversational Hindi is an add on for students to consider.


School fees: USD 2000 for 30 ECTS

Boarding and Lodging: as per actuals. Accommodation can be arranged either at the hostel on triple sharing basis at the rate of INR 500 per day or the IRO flat on a twin sharing basis at the rate of INR 650 per day. Meals are at the rate of INR 120 per day.

The cost does not include expenses for travels to and from Hyderabad, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves.


The application should include the following documents:
A letter providing information about previous university studies, expectations and motivations for attending the program, as well as contact information.
A transcript of university credits and degrees (in English with ECTS)
A letter of recommendation from a supervisor stating the suitability of the student
A proof of English speaking ability, either TOEFEL or equivalent certificate
A filled up application form for admission to TISS
The application form and the supporting documents should be sent to the International office at your university or directly to the Acting Director of NCI, Ms. Christabel Royan. The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission from TISS and can apply for study visa through the Indian embassy in their home country.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Fall semester: October 15
Spring semester: April 15

Program Description and Material

Program name: Semester Program in India

Educational institution: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Program credits: 30 ECTS spread over university courses varying from 5 or 7 TISS credits. 1 TISS credit= 1.5 ECTS. In the fall semester students need to compulsorily take a foundation course titled ‘The Idea of India’ that will fetch them 8 TISS credits (= 12 ECTS). Students can then take a field work programme for another 8 TISS credits (= 12 ECTS) and take remaining 6 ECTS in the form of one or two courses as each normal TISS course is equal to 5 or 7 credits.
Language of instructions: English
Study periods: Fall semester or Spring semester. The Fall Semester is from June to October and the spring semester is from November to March
Rate of studies: Full time
Maximum number of students: 15 students per semester
Admission: 1 to 2 years of college or university studies with minimum grades equivalent to 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale or grade C according to ECTS.

Program Outline

Within the Semester Program students can freely choose among the regular courses that are offered at various departments and centers at TISS.

The International Relations Office at TISSwill assist students in finding out the most suitable courses. Students will have an opportunity to try out different courses during the first week of the semester before finalizing the program. The Semester Program can include more independent or directed studies when a faculty member supervises readings, a field study and/or a research study focusing on a particular topic. While attending the program it is also possible to participate in non-credit courses like Hindi.

Practical Information

Students can find practical information for the semester programme here.

Coordinator at TISS

Jennifer Mujawar
Senior Programme Coordinator
International Relations Office (IRO),
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),
Room no. 110, Academic Building – I, Naoroji Campus, Deonar Farms Road,
Deonar – Mumbai, India – 400 088
Off: 91-22-2552 5919/ 5920
Email –

Coordinator at Nordic Centre in India

Ms. Christabel Royan
Address: B2, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110 013, India
Phone: +91-9985146729

About Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. It is the largest city in India and is a cosmopolitan metropolis that was originally a conglomeration of seven islands on the Konkan coastline which over time were joined to form the island city of Bombay. The city has an estimated metropolitan population of 21 million (2005), making it one of the world’s most populous cities. Mumbai is considered the commercial capital of India and is one of the predominant port cities in the country. Mumbai’s nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries. It is also home to India’s largest slum population.

More information about Mumbai can be found here.

About TISS

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was declared Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956. Since its inception, the Vision of the TISS has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.The Study in India Program (SIP) at University of Hyderabad began in 1998 and has expanded considerably in recent years. SIP is an interdisciplinary initiative, emphasizing heritage, continuity and change in India. The unique aspect of SIP is the primary attention given to the study interests of the students in order to facilitate a good match between the students’ preferences and the courses they attend.

For more information about TISS click here.

TISS Campus

TISS has multiple campuses across India. While this specific opportunity is limited to the Mumbai campus, NCI can try to arrange a similar programme in another TISS campus.