Study in India

Applications to Study in India for Summer 2016 are now closed.

What's involved?

You will spend two to three weeks living on an Indian university campus with between 20 and 50 other UK students. Your daily routine will include lectures, group activities, visits to local places of interest or local community groups and a chance to experience a bit of culture with your Indian peers. In the evening you will all eat together in the university canteen and weekends will include cultural activities and excursions.

Opportunities for 2017 are yet to be confirmed, but to give you an idea here is some information on the courses offered in 2016. Please note that it is not guaranteed any of the courses listed below will be available in 2017.

Contemporary India - University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Applications to this course are now closed. 

Spend two weeks in the City of Pearls studying the socio-cultural, political, economic and developmental issues facing contemporary India from the caste system to international relations. You will explore these topics through a range of lectures, interactive discussion sessions and field visits culminating in a presentation task at the end of the two weeks. As well as spending time on the verdant Hyderabad campus you will get the chance to explore the city itself and historical sites across the region.

Course dates: 3 - 16 July 2016

Course fees: £479

Download the activity schedule and find out more about the University of Hyderabad  and the city

India's role in International Relations - Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

Applications to this course are now closed. 

Spend two weeks in the heart of Punjab and learn about India’s role on the world stage. You will discuss the historical, geo-political, economic, domestic and strategic determinants of India’s foreign policy and their implications for international relations. The course will also analyse how India has sought to respond to the challenges/opportunities brought about by economic globalization by forging strategic relationships with various countries and regions. Visits to local historic sites including the Golden Temple at Amritsar will give you a greater understanding of the Punjab region.

Course dates: 3 -16 July 2016

Course fees: £650

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Lovely Professional University and the region of Punjab

The role of social entrepreneurship in creating sustainable social change - IILM institute for Higher Education , Gurgaon

Applications to this course are now closed.

Spend two weeks in Gurgaon, a thriving metropolis on the outskirts of Delhi. This course will outline the key challenges being faced by Indian society and the potential of social entrepreneurship as a catalyst for social change. You will investigate commercial and social marketing innovations, brand building and value co-creation practices developed by some of the organizations that are operating at the bottom of the pyramid. In addition visits to Rishikesh and Agra will provide a comprehensive exposure to the cultural heritage of India, with a significant component of experiential learning.

Course dates: 4 – 16 July, 2016

Course fees: £700 

Download the activity schedule and find out more about IILM Institute of ManagementGurgaon and New Delhi.

Science and Culture in British India - IISER Pune, Pune

Applications to this course are now closed. 

Spend three weeks in Pune and Mumbai alongside Indian peers exploring the development of scientific and cultural though during colonial rule in India. In addition to lectures on 19th century science, medicine and technology, you will investigate the evolution of Indian classical and folk music and visit some of the historical sites in the area including the Prince of Wales museum, the iconic Victoria Terminus in Mumbai and the area of Shaniwarwada in Pune. 

Course dates: 4 - 22 July, 2016

Course fees: £600

Download the activity schedule and find out more about IISER Pune and the city of Pune 

India studies - Jain University, Bangalore

Applications to this course are now closed. 

Spend two weeks on Jain University’s state of the art campus, 40km from India’s technology hub Bangalore. Learn about contemporary India with a range of lectures from international relations to India’s digital revolution plus practical hands-on sessions to brush up your Indian dancing and cooking skills. Trips to an Indian cinema, local heritage sites and spiritual centres, and rural communities will give you a holistic experience on Indian life. 

Course dates: 10 – 25 July

Course fees: £577.50 

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Jain University and the city Bangalore.  

The changing role of women in India - Panjab University, Chandigarh

Applications to this course are now closed.

Spend two weeks in the northern city of Chandigarh exploring the changing role of women in Indian society through lectures, discussions and field trips. Visits to a number of NGOs and businesses will give you the chance to engage with local women and get an insight into their lives in North West India.  This course will be set in the wider context of the Women’s Movement in India and current initiatives to support the empowerment of women.

Course dates: 17 - 31 July 2016

Course fees: £500 

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Panjab University and the city of Chandigarh.  

Bollywood cinema: Theory and Practice - Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

Applications to this course are now closed. 

Spend two weeks in the heart of Punjab learning the theory and practice of Bollywood cinema. Through interactive workshops, studio and location based study you will learn the skills to produce your very own Bollywood dance sequence. Life on campus and local cultural excursions will also offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of contemporary Indian culture.

Course dates: 17 July -1 August 2016

Course fees: £650

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Lovely Professional University and the region of Punjab

Women in India: Perspectives and Challenges - Christ University, Bangalore

Applications to this course are now closed.

Spend two weeks at India’s No. 1 Private University (India Today- Neilson Survey 2015) in the Garden City and Technology hub of Bangalore. Gain an insight into the role of women in Indian society and some of the challenges they face through lectures, class discussions and cultural activities. You will visit local communities and develop your understanding of the living conditions of underprivileged women in urban slums and rural Karnataka as well as seeing the interventions that are taking place for empowerment and change.

Course dates: 18 July - 1 August 2016

Course fees: £750

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Christ University and the city of Bangalore.   


From the Indus Valley to contemporary India: History and culture in North West India - Panjab University, Chandigarh

Applications to this course are now closed.

Take a journey through the history and culture of this ancient civilization. During the two week course, set in Le Corbusier’s city of Chandigarh, you will gain an overview of the socio-cultural tradition of North-West India with special reference to Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Lectures and discussions will provide insight into life in the region before during and after colonial rule and visits to local sites including the Golden Temple at Amritsar will frame this learning in the local environment and context.

Course dates: 6 - 18 August

Course fees: £500

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Panjab University and the city of Chandigarh.  

Health and wellbeing: The theory and practice of yoga - Doon University, Dehradun

Applications to this course are now closed.

Discover yoga in its land of origin in the lush green foothills of the Himalayas with eminent yoga experts. Through a combination of lectures and practice you will gain a broad perspective of  the yoga-system which is crucial to understand India's spiritual and cultural heritage. You will also visit local historical sites including the holy city of Haridwar and discuss the impact of yoga on wellness. This could be an excellent start for those considering a career in yoga.

Course dates: 7 - 21 August 2016

Course fees: £499

Download the activity schedule and find out more about Doon University and Dehradun 

Contemporary India: Culture and Society - University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

Applications to this course are now closed.

Spend two weeks in South India in Trivandrum learning about contemporary India. With lectures and discussions ranging from international relations and the digital revolution to women and Indian sport, you will gain an insight into India today. You will take part in a number of local activities including a trip to the Kerala Backwaters, visits to temples and a cookery lesson which will set your learning firmly in a South Indian context.

Course dates: 8 - 24 August

Course fees: £500

Download the activity schedule and find out more about the University of Kerala and the region of Kerala.

Who can apply?

The beauty of the Generation UK-India study placements is that they are open to applicants from any subject or educational background. 

We are looking for candidates who can explain how undertaking the course links to their interests and their future career. You should also be able to clearly demonstrate why you want to spend time in India and at your chosen university, and that you are flexible and resourceful.

These placements will be engaging, interactive and fun but they are not a holiday and we will expect participants to be professional throughout. Everyone will be asked to sign up to a code of conduct prior to departure from the UK. Breaking the code of conduct could result in expulsion from the course.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the age of applying
  • Have a UK passport OR have the right to work in the UK AND have completed either my secondary education in the UK or will have completed at least one year of my higher education in the UK by the time I start my placement.
  • Be a native English speaker (or have a high proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (Common European Framework C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module or Aptis level C.)
  • Have a permanent address in the UK – you may need to provide proof of this address

All candidates must be available for the full amount of time of the placement they select and be flexible as to the location of their placement. 

Please note you can only undertake one Generation UK-India placement per year although you are welcome to apply for all the opportunities.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2016 cohort are now closed. 

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How much will it cost?

You will need to cover the following costs should you be successful:

  • Return flights to India
  • Insurance
  • Visa 
  • Vaccinations
  • A course fee (£480-£750) - payable by the end of May

Support with costs

Certain hosting universities may offer a limited number scholarships to support with the course fees.

To be eligible for the reduced fees you must have received a maintenance grant whilst at university in England, Northern Ireland or Wales or a Young Students Bursary if you are based in Scotland.

The maintenance grant or bursary must have been received within the last 2 years.

Any available scholarships will be a limited number. We will base our final decision on who receives the reduction based on the amount of maintenance grant received and the quality assessment score of each applicant.

What does the course fee cover?

The course fee covers your costs whilst in India which includes:

  • Airport pick up on arrival in India
  • Accommodation provided by the university 
  • Three meals per day
  • Travel costs related to the course you are studying
  • Tuition
  • Drop off at the Airport at the end of the course.

What support will I receive?

The British Council will be there to support you before, during and after the placement. 

All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing in June or July. This will include important programme information, things to prepare before departure and advice and guidance on spending time in India. This will also be a chance to meet other participants in the programme and ask us questions.

You will also receive information documents prepared by your host university and the British Council in advance of your departure including guidance on applying for your visa.

On arrival in India you will be met at the airport and will receive an induction by your host university. Each university will have a course coordinator who will be your main point of contact during the course. You will also be buddied with Indian students who will be able to offer advice and support. The British Council in India and the UK will also be on hand to answer any queries and deal with any issues should they arise.

At the end of the placement you will be invited to join our alumni network which will support you to continue to engage with India, the British Council and those that you have met along the way.

What will I gain?

Studying in India gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge from within an Indian context. You will gain an insight into contemporary Indian culture and university life as you spend time living on campus and interacting with Indian peers.

In addition to lectures, each placement will include excursions to visit places of interest and interact with the local community. This will help you gain a well-rounded impression of contemporary India, its culture and history. Interactive group learning and practical activities will develop your team working, communication and problem solving skills and equip you with important interview repertoire. 

Interacting with your Indian peers will help to build mutual understanding, create a greater awareness of the UK-India relationship and develop your intercultural fluency skills.

What happens after I've applied?

Once you have submitted your application it will be assessed against our eligibility and quality criteria. Candidates who successfully pass our quality assessment will receive confirmation by the middle of May 2016. You will then be asked to confirm your place by paying your course fee by the end of May.

If you have further queries please get in touch.