India Student Exchange Programme with three leading law universities:
NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)
National Law University Odisha (Cuttack)
National Law University Delhi (New Delhi)
SOAS has three student exchange agreements with leading law schools in India. This allows students from these universities to come to SOAS during term-time and allows SOAS students to go over the summer period to India (this coincides more or less with the beginning of the academic year there).
Each of the three universities has its own advantages in terms of the experience it can offer you. All three are excellent academic institutions that offer a different mix of courses in a completely different region of the country. You should thus make your choice according the specific profile of the university, the region of the country and the specific courses available that interest you most.
Whichever university you choose to spend your summer in, you will have an academically exciting experience and a life-defining experience. See the following two testimonies from students who went to NALSAR in 2016:
As stated above SOAS has student exchange agreements in place with three national law universities in India in three completely different regions of the country, Delhi, Hyderabad and Cuttack (Odisha). You can read more about them below.
Introduction to each of the three universities
NALSAR University of Law
NALSAR University of Law has been consistently ranked among the very top universities for a number of years. You should start by familiarising yourself with the university by looking at their website before applying, which you can find here. One of the things you will note is that NALSAR does not define itself via their prestige as a top law school but via careful attention to educational philosophies and institutional goals.
One of the things to note is that the NALSAR campus is located 30 km away from the city of Hyderabad (take a look at NALSAR’s location on Google maps). Thus, your student experience will be radically different from SOAS and depend on your ability to thrive on campus premises that are secluded in terms of location but brimming with students who are not only willing to take charge of their learning but also to make the most of campus life. The NALSAR campus is beautiful and its remoteness deliberate, turning campus life into a pressure cooker of excellence - just take a look at the many student organisations, their events or google their mooting victories. Applicants for our exchange programme should feel confident that they want to thrive in such an environment, make a contribution to campus life and will feel at ease with its formal and informal codes of conduct.
National Law University Delhi
The National Law University Delhi (NLUD) has been consistently ranked among the top law schools in the country. It also benefits from its location in Delhi and the fact that the Delhi Judicial Academy is located on the campus of NLUD. You should start by familiarising yourself with the university by looking at their website before applying, which you can find here.
NLUD is well situated in the area of Delhi known as Dwarka, some 20 kilometres away from the airport and around 23 kilometres from Connaught Place. The metro station is walking distance and you can reach Connaught place in 45 minutes without changing of line. The campus has all modern amenities that you would expect.
National Law University Odisha
The National Law University Odisha (NLUO) is a relatively more recent national law school that has now established itself as an excellent centre of learning and research. You should start by familiarising yourself with the university by looking at their website before applying, which you can find here.
NLUD is located in Cuttack, itself a short ride from Bhubaneshwar and makes for an excellent basis to explore the eastern parts of the country.
General Information about your academic programme in India
You will find that the classroom experience is quite different from what you experience at SOAS. Regular courses may resemble the SOAS lecture and tutorial format for the most part, but electives and seminars vary in terms of teaching methods, can be short and intensive, and mostly research and writing focused. An indicate list of courses can be sent to you on request but this will be indicative only as the electives and seminar list is only finalised in May. If you pick a regular course or an elective that runs beyond your return date, the University will arrange an alternative method of assessment for you (as you will not be there for the October exams). This is something that you will discuss with the Registrar in June who will also help you to make your course choices during your first week on campus.
While in India you will have non-degree visiting student status and at the end of the exchange programme you will receive a certificate with your achievements and results. You cannot transfer credits and there is no impact on degree classification at SOAS.
Learning More about Going to India
There are of course hundreds of good, non-academic reasons to study abroad — and to go to India in particular! If you need more resources to think about going to India and to learn about all the practical questions involved, you can use the old UKIERI Study India Programme website which is full of country information and also has many student testimonials. The Study India Programme has been so successful that it was rolled into a larger programme, run by the British Council and called Generation UK-India. It may be useful to take a close look at the British Council programme too in order to maximise your opportunities.
Costs and Other Things
As an exchange student you will not have to pay any tuition fees in either of the three universities. Campus living costs for your entire stay — including accommodation (single room with shared bathroom) and mess food — will be around £500 for the period of your stay; roughly speaking, for your 14 weeks in India your basic weekly costs thus amount to £36 per week. To this you must add the costs for your flight, student visa fee, vaccinations, and most importantly health insurance. Otherwise, India can be incredibly cheap or fairly expensive depending on your own plans and consumption needs (example: you can use buses to go around and eat fantastic street food for a few Rupees or you can take a taxi and eat in an expensive restaurant).
How to Apply? Who can Apply?
Application Deadline: Friday 23 March 2018
All SOAS undergraduate law students are invited to apply for one of the three India SOAS Student Exchange Programme and to spend summer 2018 as a student in India (11 June to 21 September).
Any SOAS undergraduate law student - any year, any type of law degree (LLB, Senior Status LLB, and all Law Joint Degrees) can apply.
The number of students who can take part in the exchange programme this year is limited to three per university; hence, we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please send your CV and cover letter to Mayur Suresh (firstname.lastname@example.org). The cover letter should state why you want to participate in the exchange programme, and what you hope to contribute to campus life in India. Your cover letter should list the Universities in India according to your preference. Please state “SOAS-India exchange programme” in the subject of your email.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment —we expect the first applications to be submitted within a week or even days after this announcement. Most students have their CV ready to send and there is no need to spend too much time on the cover letter (it should just be clear and concise, if a personal statement gets longer, it usually does not get better). Your ability to submit your application quickly and effectively is important — if chosen for the exchange programme you will have to act quickly and effectively again to sort out your student visa. While we will try to accommodate your first preference of University, this may not always be possible.