International Relations (IR) & Study India Program (SIP)

Dr. Uma Chandrasekaran,
Dean International Relations &
Professor, Dept. of Management Studies

Information Brochure (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Pondicherry University launched this program in the year 2000 to cater for the needs of foreign students. Over the years, the University has received several undergraduate students from the U.S.A. and other countries like France, Germany and Norway for semester programs under the Study India Program (SIP).  At present the SIP offers both semester programs & short term programs based on the requirements of the foreign universities.


  • Teaching by nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty, many of whom with teaching and research experience abroad.
  • Flexible Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that offers varied choices.
  • A well-equipped computer facility, 24x7 Internet access through campus-wide Wi-Fi and a state of the art Library.
  • Multi-Cultural ambience with the scope to interact with students from all over India and abroad.
  • Pollution-free picturesque campus of 800 acres with boarding and food facilities.
  • A very supportive student- friendly SIP office.

The program is aimed at overseas students who have proficiency in English and meet the pre-requisites of the course. The following can approach SIP office:

    • Universities and their International Studies Divisions or Study Abroad Programs.
    • Heads of Academic Programs, Heads/ Director/ Chairperson of various departments.
    • Institutions with South Asia/Area Studies Programs.
    • Higher education institutes or councils of International Education.
    • Individual students-on a selective basis.

    The Semester Program offers two semesters, Fall and Spring, in a year. The duration of the Fall semester is from 24th June to 30th November and the Spring semester from 1st December to 10th May. Students who wish to enrol in this program must fulfil the criteria of a period of 2 years of college or university and need to secure a minimum CGPA of 3.0. The application will be processed six months in advance. The closing date of application for Fall semester is on or before 1st December and for Spring is on or before 1st July. Students/International offices can finalize their courses based on the syllabi content provided via the university portal: by the different departments.
    Counselling of the students is done through e-mails prior to their arrival here and contents of the courses are made available to the students and their respective advisors for determining suitability and credit equivalence. Under this program, the students can earn up to 15 credits, transferable to the students’ home Universities. On completion of the semester successfully, the credits are transferred to their respective institutions a month after the end of the semester.
    The academic program of SIP students is taken care of under three different categories i) regular ii) special  and iii) independent.


      Regular course is where the SIP students will be a part of the regular classes including integrated program classes with Pondicherry University students. Examinations on par with regular students would be undertaken. However, evaluation would be made on the basis of SIP criteria


      Special courses are offered by individual faculty members to suit the requirements of foreign students. These courses are generally 3 credit courses and function basically on the mutual consent of the international student, the faculty and the SIP office. There needs to be an enrolment of at least 3 or more students for any special course to function.

    The following are a few examples of Special courses offered

    Studies in Post-Colonial Literature
    Spoken Tamil
    Idea of India in Literature
    Classical Indian Philosophy
    Hinduism & its Practices
    Practical Classical Yoga Training


  International students who wish to take up a specialized project/intensive study in a certain field/ a short term research area can pursue an independent course under the ambit of SIP. 


The Short term Program is designed for 2 weeks / 4 weeks / 6 weeks based on the host university requirements.  The short term program could be initiated on mutual consent with Pondicherry University and the Host University. The Short term programs need to be worked out a year ahead of the actual starting date/beginning of a semester. These programs are generally oriented towards liberal arts and could be a combination of lectures as well as field work.

Dr. Uma Chandrasekaran
Dean International Relations &
Professor, Dept. of Management Studies
Pondicherry University