NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad, India) Student Exchange Programme - Summer 2017
Apply Now - Spend Your Summer Vacation at India's Top Law School
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY 24 MARCH 2017
All SOAS undergraduate law students are invited to apply for the NALSAR/SOAS Student Exchange Programme and to spend summer 2017 as a student in India (12 June to 23 September).
NALSAR University of Law ranked number one 2013 & 2011 in the India Today-Nielsen survey, and ranked number one in Outlook 2012. India Today-Nielsen ranked NALSAR number two in 2014, switching places at the top with Bangalore again; generally speaking, NALSAR University of Law — in competition with NLS Bangalore — is considered to be one of the best law schools in India.
Learning More about NALSAR and Our Exchange Programme
Please take a good look at the NALSAR website before you apply - and do not merely rely on their outstanding league table position when making your decision. In fact, if you read carefully through the various sections of their website, you will see that NALSAR does not define itself via their prestige as a top law school but via careful attention to educational philosophies and institutional goals.
It is important that you understand 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.
Changes in terms of classroom experience will be less striking but still significant. Regular courses at NALSAR 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. You can find a list of courses for summer 2016 and a list of previous electives and seminars here, including credit values (the electives and seminar list is indicative only and NALSAR only finalises it in May; but since you pick 20 credits there will be no shortage of choice). If you pick a regular course or an elective that runs beyond September 18, NALSAR will arrange an alternative method of assessment for you (as you will not be there for the October exams); you will discuss these things with the NALSAR Registrar in June, and he will also help you to make your course choices during your first week at NALSAR; click here for the Registrar's information sheet.
It may even be possible — if an exchange student wants to make such a request — to integrate a short internship into your studies; e.g. a short placement with an Indian law firm or any other organisation that does legal work. The NALSAR Registrar will offer you guidance and assess the possibilities (where, how long, type of legal work). Please keep in mind that your student visa status will not allow you to do any paid work and thus any internship (if an internship was possible, approved by the Registrar and fit into your study plans) would increase the costs of your stay in India considerably.
While at NALSAR you will have non-degree visiting student status and at the end of the exchange programme you will receive a certificate from NALSAR with your achievements and results; anything you do in India does not count towards your SOAS degree in any sort of way (in other words, you cannot transfer credits and there is no impact on degree classification).
NALSAR Student Testimonials:
- Rakhi Gohil (LLB 2016)
- Marta Garcia Aliaga (LLB 2016)
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 — our SOAS exchange programme with NALSAR is limited to three students and we assume that we will receive much more applications than places available, hence, the British Council initiative may be an interesting alternative.
Costs and Other Things
As an exchange student you will not have to pay any tuition fees. NALSAR 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 go to Hyderabad by bus 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?
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; hence, we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Your Curriculum Vitae
Your application will be considered on its academic merits and your CV should provide an overview of your academic achievements in general and at SOAS in particular.
Your Personal Statement
We will also take into account your ability to make a positive contribution to NALSAR campus life — academic as well as non-academic. This is the second year of our exchange programme with NALSAR and you will be going after a first cohort that tremendously enjoyed themselves. Exchange students will have to show courtesy and respect for others, NALSAR rules and codes of conduct, and generally maintain high standards of honesty and reliability. Hence, your personal statement should not be limited to your own academic interests and individual purpose and objectives in undertaking studies in India but also demonstrate skills and experience that make you suitable for the programme and a good ambassador for SOAS as whole. Any previous India experience (or any work or study experience in a non-Western country) is an advantage and should be explained in your personal statement. Your personal statement should not be longer than 700 words.
Uploading Your Application
Please combine your curriculum vitae and personal statement into a single pdf-file (we will also accept a word file, but prefer pdf). The name of the pdf-file should consist of: your surname in capital letters, your given name, your six-digit SOAS-ID, , then end with NALSAR 2017 — examples:
DOE Jane 123456 NALSAR 2017.pdf or SAN Zhang 654321 NALSAR 2017.pdf
Please upload the file to this google form.
Please do not forget to click submit and wait until the website confirms that your submission has been received.
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 personal statement (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.