English is the medium of instruction in Guru Nanak University and it is mandatory for international students from non-English academic backgrounds to pass the English Proficiency Test within one year from the date of admission into GNU. However special English language training classes will be conducted by the English Language Training Cell of the University to the students with minimal fees.
English Proficiency Test is exempted for:
- Students from English speaking countries
- Students who have passed the qualifying examination with English as medium of instruction (Certificate need to be enclosed).
- Students who have passed ELICS course with minimum B+ grade.
Scholarships/grants to students are at the sole discretion of their respective nations. Students can check with respective countries about scholarships/financial aids. With its decidedly laudable track record, India remains an inexpensive place for international students. However, if the Government of India or their respective country grants some scholarships under various schemes, students are advised to contact the nearest respective Embassy for necessary information about the schemes. They may also refer to the UNESCO Handbook for Study Abroad that lists some scholarships and the addresses to which applications should be mailed.
Neither the Indian Government nor GNU rules permit international students to work during study. International students are allowed to take up internships and training in India. However that has to be part of the program that they are pursuing. Overseas citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are exempted from this rule. Indian customs and practices are different from other countries in many respects and international students are expected to respect them.
Academic year is the period of instruction of class work and academic activities of the University. This usually starts in the month of July with the commencement of First-year and closes by the end of May (Please refer to the academic calendar of respective programmes).
Examinations and Holidays
Annual examinations for year-wise programmes are held in the month of April/May every academic year. The semester examinations are held twice a year, for the odd-semester in the month of November/December and for the even-semester in the month of April/May. First-term break to the students will be during October/November and summer vacation will be in the month of June every year.
Hyderabad weather is a combination of a tropical wet and dry climate that borders on a hot semi-arid atmosphere. The city and adjacent regions have a moderate climate during September to February and the monsoon is spread over a period of three months from June to August. Temperatures range from 15 to 40 degrees with highest in summer.
Cotton clothing will be best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions while students are expected to wear separate dress codes during their tenure in GNU (3 days a week). There can be variants that depend on the respective programmes into which a student is admitted.
International Airports/Seaports in India
Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa. These major cities are connected well with each other by Air, Rail and Road.
Marmagoa (Goa), Kochi, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Chennai and Kolkata seaports.