IISAC’s Journey


Faculty-led Biodiversity studies in Kerala.


Semester India program with Kerala Universities & colleges.


International Institute of Scientific & Academic Collaboration


Go once a year to a place you have never been before!

Discover India!


KIIT University, Odisha

Developing Global Citizens through International Education and Research.

Semester curriculum for Semester India Students

Semester System: Credits and Grading

In order to make the study abroad transition as smooth as possible, the credit and grading system is the same as the U.S. The coursework includes in-class examinations, term papers, presentations, assignments, and quizzes. The medium of instruction is English. Students are graded on a 0-4 scale which is converted to the letter-grade and 4.0 GPA scale. The transcripts will be sent to your home university within a month of semester completion.

Course Structure

Much like the structure of U.S. Universities, all IISAC students are able to choose their courses. However, there are some specifically designed courses for study abroad students. The organization is broken down into four categories: Core Courses, Focus-Based Courses, Departmental Courses and Individualized Courses.

IISAC recommends that you take a combination of Core, Departmental, and Individualized courses for 15 credits per semester. Depending on the scope of your departmental ambitions, the combination of courses can range from 2-3 Core Courses, 1-2 Departmental Courses, and/or 1-2 Individualized Courses, totaling 5 courses. Please consult an IISAC official by e-mail or phone for further clarification and guidance.

All students must take a minimum of two Core Courses (6 credits) and may not exceed 15 credits in their entire course schedule.

After fulfilling the Core Course requirements, students are free to choose any departmental course. If there is a specific course or area which is not offered, students can design an individualized course.

Core Courses: These will provide a framework to understand the economic, political, social and cultural complexities of India and South Asia. Courses cover five subject areas with an emphasis on Indian culture: literature, religion, philosophy, yoga, the arts, and languages.

Departmental Courses: These are university wide courses which can satisfy your degree requirements for your respective major and/or minor. However, students are free to take any elective course which personally interests them as well.

Individualized Courses: These are intended for you to design your own course to explore a particular area of interest which the university may not offer. A professor whose academic interests are aligned with yours will work with you. Individualized courses allow you to break away from the group and personalize your study abroad experience.

There are five different types of study options for Individualized Courses:

Direct reading is similar to a regular class yet suited for your interests and academic pursuits. Generally, you and the professor will meet three times a week for an hour each time.

Directed research is lab or skill based assignments for developing in-depth practical knowledge in the field of science, business, engineering, etc.

Practicum develops specific skills in Indian performing arts, yoga, spiritualism, as well as language practice using the language department and the many resources available to students.

Fieldwork is for students interested in Indian architecture, geography, tropical plants and animals, anthropology, as well as other special interest areas. This is a hands-on experience and benefits students who prefer this method of learning.

Internship is offered with an outside expert or institution supervised by a member of KIIT faculty.

Focus-Based Courses: Focus-Based Courses are meant for students who are interested in a more structured curriculum to meet the requirement for post baccalaureate professional schools such as medicine, nursing, law, engineering, social work, fashion technology, etc.

Please click here to view the course directory for all core and departmental courses offered at KIIT university.

Contact Prof. Sunny Luke for course description and syllabus: sunny.luke@sciencesemesterinindia.org

Thematic Courses

Pre-med, pre-law, business and engineering majors often have difficulty finding the time in their structured schedules to study abroad. Because of KIIT University's emphasis on arts and sciences, they offer thematic courses which can fulfill the students' home university requirements for these rigorous subjects. Other thematic courses include film, art, fashion technology and architecture.

Thematic courses

  • Pre-med
  • Pre law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Sculpture & painting
  • Film studies & production
  • Yoga & spirituality
  • Fashion technology
  • Rural management

Academic Internship and Volunteering Opportunities

A student can register for a maximum of three internship or research credits with KIIT’s associated professional schools while studying with the Semester in India program. This can be with the medical school, nursing school, engineering school, law school or any other professional school or business institution of your choice. This is a convenient system for U.S. students to make use of the professional schools and business firms for an international career building experience. Because of the tie between KIIT University and KISS, students may volunteer their time by working with the tribal students in the nearby KISS institution. This is a unique experience for anyone interested in teaching at any age level. There are more than enough opportunities surrounding KIIT University for students to get involved and make the most of the semester. Students have the rare opportunity to have a unique, hands-on internship while earning credits. KIIT's affiliations with hospitals, businesses and engineering firms make it easy for anyone to get involved. Studying and working in a foreign country will greatly add to your resume, regardless of the field.