Semester Program at Pondicherry University

NCI has an agreement with the Study India Program (SIP) at Pondicherry University that enables 15 Nordic students to study and spend a full semester in Pondicherry. 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 are expected to follow a fulltime academic program of 15 credits (30 ECTS) spread over 5 courses. The autumn semester runs from the end of June till the end of November while the spring semester lasts from early December to early May.

Students can choose among the regular university courses in different departments and SIP courses especially designed for foreign students. Opportunities will be available for Independent or Directed Studies and Internships that match the background and interest of the student. The faculty at SIP will assist the students in finding the most suitable courses. More information about the courses offered is available at the website of Pondicherry University.


The program costs USD 4500 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, food, and orientation programmes as well as non-refundable amount of 500 USD. SIP charges a non refundable fee of USD 500 if students drop out of the semester once the programme begins.
Typically a semester lasts for five months. 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 CV including a letter of expectations and motivations for attending the program
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 filled up application form for admission to Pondicherry University
The application form and the supporting documents should be sent to the International office at your university or directly to the Program Manager of NCI, Ms. Christabel Royan. The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission from Pondicherry University and can apply for study visa through the Indian embassy in their home country.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Fall semester: April 15
Spring semester: October 15

Program Description and Material

Program name: Semester Program in India
Educational institution: Study in India Program, Pondicherry University, India
Program credits: 30 ECTS spread over 5 university courses
Language of instructions: English
Study periods: Fall semester or Spring semester. The spring semester starts from the first week of December to first week of May. The fall semester starts from the last week of June to the last week of November.
Rate of studies: Full time
Maximum number of students: 15 students per semester
Admission: 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 Pondicherry University. Participants are expected to pursue a fulltime academic program, which means a credit load of 15 credits (30 ECTS) as per the Choice Based Credit System, spread over 5 courses. The Study in India Program can assist students in finding out the most suitable courses and there is also 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.


Rules of behavior at PU
Application form for Pondicherry University
Map of Pondicherry University
Coordinator at Pondicherry University
Dr. Nalini J. Thampi
SIP- Coordinator
Pondicherry University
Ph: 0413-2654355

Practical Information

The City of Pondicherry
An erstwhile French colony, that is now a Union Territory of India, Pondicherry has a unique charm dissimilar to the rest of the country. Lying 160km away from Chennai (Madras) along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, the city of Pondicherry is officially known as Puducherry today. While retaining charms of its South Indian location, Pondicherry is still very much caught up in its French past given the colonial past and the rising number of expatriates from France, French businessmen and new settlers. Known as the French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry is unique for its number of influences that have shaped its culture. The French were present for centuries, but the Danes, the English, the Portuguese and the Dutch have all stopped by, giving rise to a heady mix of European flavours allied with the local Tamil culture. Pondicherry is one of the few cities in India planned in the model of a chessboard (streets parallel to one another) with a French Quarter, Muslim Quarter, Tamil Quarter, and Catholic Quarter in the Middle. Also famous is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 and Auroville that attracts a lot of visitors. More information about Pondicherry.

About Pondicherry University

A central University, established through an Act of Parliament in 1985, Pondicherry University is one of the younger universities in the country. The campus is spread over 780 acres of land with lush green tropical vegetation; and its entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled. It has emerged as one of India’s fastest expanding Central University crossing growth mark of 300% during the last few years and has about 5000 students now representing 33 states of the country and abroad, and over 450 faculty from across the country. It has a state of the art Library with remote access to over 31,000 digital information resources through a dedicated library portal. The University has modern laboratories equipped with sophisticated analytical instruments, facilities for sports and fitness, 24 hours medical facility and a host of other amenities that make the campus self-contained and provide an ambience for academic pursuit. The University offers 157 Masters, Doctoral and Diploma programmes in 34 Departments, 10 Centres and two Chairs under the umbrella of 15 Schools. It has a Community College and Directorate of Distance Education offering Business Management programmes. Besides a two-year Masters, this University offers 5 years Integrated programmes in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Economics.
The University also has two campuses at Karaikal (150 Kms. south of Pondicherry) and at Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) offering Post-Graduate & Doctoral programmes. As an affiliating University, it has 5 Medical colleges, 16 Engineering Colleges, 30 Colleges of Education and 19 Arts and Science Colleges. Over 37,000 students are enrolled in these affiliated colleges. Pondicherry University was the first University to adopt the CBCS and Semester system which easily facilitates the mobility of students with credit transfer both in India and abroad. The University is growing with a cardinal principle of Expansion with Excellence and Equity and remains connected globally. More than 27 MoUs have been signed with International Universities and National institutions for exchange of faculty and students.
The University launched its Study in India Program in the year 2000 in collaboration with the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration, Inc., (IISAC) U.S.A. Subsequently, the university has hosted several American and European university students as part of the semester programme under independent agreements with various universities. The programme is being coordinated by Dr.H.Kalpana, Asso. Professor, Dept. of English Literature, Pondicherry University.
PU Campus
The main campus of the University has an area of 800 acres spread on either side of the East Coast Road with the large chunk on the landward side of the road. The land gently rolls down to the beaches and is interspersed with lovely woods. Cut by a picturesque and deep ravine, this idyllic campus is on the fast track to developing into an ideal ground for innovation and creativity.
Amenities on campus
Bank: A branch of Indian Bank that provides Core Banking Services (CBS) operates in the main University Campus. Its ATM facility is also available on the campus and is situated near the Security Gate I.
Bookshop: Reference books, books of varied disciplines, fiction, text books pertaining to the curriculum, audio books etc. form the major collection at the university bookshop which gives a discount of 20% for faculty and 10% for students on purchase of books.
Canteens: Three different canteens at campus cater to the palate of the cross section of students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University, along with three coffee bars and Ponlait bunks selling milk and milk products.
Gymnasium: A 16 station multi-gymnasium including one treadmill, one bicycle ergo meter, one bicycle elliptical meter, physiotherapy equipment, microwave diathermy, ultrasound, infrared indications and electrical muscles stimulation equipment is also available.
Health Centre: The Health Centre of Pondicherry University functions round-the-clock in association with Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences with limited facilities for the benefit of students and staff. An ambulance is also available for emergency medical care.
Post Office: A post office functions in the Amenities Building (next to the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Administrative building) on the campus where all postal services including savings bank facilities are available.
Shopping complex: The shopping complex provides essential services for the students, faculty and staff of the university.
Transportation: Students can choose between buses, vans, battery operated vehicles and bicycles for moving around within the university and for going into the city.


Students will be accommodated on campus in a single room accommodation. The women will be housed in the women’s research scholars’ hostel and the men will be housed in the men’s research scholar’s hostel. The upper most floor in the respective hostels have been set aside for semester programme students. The students have common bathrooms on the particular floor. The floor is equipped with a kitchen that has a fridge, an OTG, a mixer-grinder, an electric kettle, an induction stove and a water purifier. Students also have access to a washing machine. Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner is provided to students at their respective hostels.

Pondicherry, being a multicultural city, is a foodie’s delight. There are several restaurants dotting the city that meet different requirements in terms of price, ambience and cuisine. To find restaurants, check Lonely planet and Toutpondi.

Pondicherry also has a lot of activities to offer for visitors. For more ideas check Toutpondi and Pondicherry tourism.