Delhi, India


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study for the fall semester in Delhi, India. Students attend classes at Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD).

The period of study is late July through early December.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Graduate students can take Masters-level classes in a variety of fields, including Development Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, Gender Studies, History, Performance Studies, Psychology, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at Ambedkar University, Delhi.

Informational meetings: TBD

Fall 2018 application deadline: Monday, April 2

Host Institution

The Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University (Ambedkar University, Delhi, or AUD) is a public University with a campus-based, unitary structure with research, postgraduate and undergraduate programs in the social sciences and the humanities. AUD was established by the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi through an Act of Legislature in 2007. Mandated to focus on research and teaching in the social sciences and humanities and guided by Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of bridging equality and social justice with excellence, AUD considers it to be its mission to create sustainable and effective linkages between access to, and success in, higher education. AUD is committed to creating an institutional culture characterized by humanism, non-hierarchical and collegiate functioning, teamwork and creativity.


The UHM Semester in Delhi program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director teaches two classes, oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students are required to take one of the two UHM Resident Director’s classes. The subjects vary each semester according to the expertise of the UHM professor.


Students can earn UHM credits for a wide range of courses, including, but not limited to: Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Psychology, Mathematics, Sociology, Humanities, Political Science, Theater and Drama, Art, Business, Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, Development Studies, Childhood Education and Development, Hindi as a Second Language. Service learning is possible in fields such as sustainable development, micro-finance, recycling, and education, among others.

Click here for a list of courses available at AUD. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Graduate students can take Masters-level classes in a variety of fields, including Development Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, Gender Studies, History, Performance Studies, Psychology, and Social Entrepreneurship.


Fall 2018: TBA

The Semester in Delhi program is offered during the Fall semester only.

Courses taken at Ambedkar University Delhi will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.


Allison Yap

Current as of Dec. 14, 2016.


Delhi, officially in the National Capital Territory (NCT), stands on the Yamuna River in northern India. The NCT contains the Indian capital of New Delhi, built by the British Raj and featuring broad tree-lined lanes, monumental architecture, and vibrant commercial and entertainment districts. It also includes Old Delhi, an atmospheric Mughal city full of twisting lanes, street side savories, and mosques’ calls to prayer. Delhi has been inhabited continuously since the 6th century BC, serving throughout its existence as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been sacked, captured, and rebuilt countless times, creating spectacular layers of history which are visible as one crosses the fascinating city. Today, the city boasts a modern metro rail system and a population of over 16 million, making Delhi the eighth most populous metropolis in the world, second in India only after Mumbai. Including other nearby towns, the NCT hosts a cosmopolitan population of over 22 million residents and is a major political, economic, and cultural center of global importance.


Students will live in shared rooms with an Indian host family, taking meals with them for the duration of the program. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals. In addition to taking students beyond the public face of the Indian people, the everyday interaction in a natural setting facilitates students’ understanding of the culture.

Note: While many Indian families are vegetarians, it is virtually impossible to find a family who will serve completely vegan meals. Ninety percent of Indian meals are cooked in clarified butter (ghee), which is dairy-based.


Planned excursions include a guided walk through Old Delhi, a day focusing on Indian crafts and traditions found in the city’s museums and markets, a day-trip to visit the fabled Taj Mahal in Agra, and an overnight journey to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of the neighboring state of Rajasthan.


Delhi, India

Program Cost

$9,736 (Fall 2016)

Cost includes AUD tuition, shared homestay, excursions, health insurance, meals, UHM Study Abroad and other incidental fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Delhi is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own reservations and arriving at Delhi International Airport on the designated arrival date and time.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester.

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions


The Center for South Asian Studies provides support for University of Hawai’i undergraduate or graduate students who want to study in India.

The J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India

See also the Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Students participating in the UHM Semester in Delhi program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in India – click here for more information.

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for sophomore, junior or senior level undergraduate students. The minimum requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English and successful completion of course prerequisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following date to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.