Symbiosis International University, established in 1974, is one of India’s leading educational institutions. Symbiosis is recognized by the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India to award Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

The University was founded on the principal of promoting international understanding through quality education. Today it enrolls more than 18,000 Indian and international students. Sixty different nationalities are represented on campus, mostly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Symbiosis consists of 17 institutes (same as college in the USA), centers, museums and schools, spread across several campuses in Pune and Bangalore. The campuses (main one’s listed below) offer modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology.

Senapati Bapat Road Campus

  • SLAC Symbiosis Liberal Arts College (undergraduate)
  • SSLC Symbiosis Society Law College (undergraduate and graduate)
  • SACC Symbiosis Arts and Commerce College (undergraduate)
  • SSE Symbiosis School of Economics (undergraduate)
  • SIHS Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (undergraduate and graduate)
  • SCON Symbiosis College of Nursing (undergraduate)

Viman Nagar Campus

  • SID Symbiosis Institute of Design (undergraduate)
  • SCMS Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (undergraduate)
  • SIMC Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (undergraduate)

Atur Center Campus

  • SICSR Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (undergraduate and graduate)

Lavale Campus

  • SIT Symbiosis Institute of Technology (undergraduate)
  • SIMC Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (graduate)
  • SIBM Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (graduate)
  • SITM Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (graduate)

Hinjewadi Info-Tech Campus

  • SCIT Symbiosis Center for Information Technology (graduate)
  • SIIB Symbiosis Institute of International Business (graduate)
  • SCMHRD Symbiosis Centre of Management and Human Resource Development (graduate)

Teaching & grading

The Indian educational system is based on the British model. Many classes will have a syllabus, although you should not expect a syllabus in every class. Professors utilize lecture, discussion, and/or hands-on teaching styles, depending on the subject.

While there are some similarities to the USA, there are also differences. Students are expected to work more independently, courses may have fewer assignments and professors are less likely to provide study sheets for exams. It is not uncommon to have your course grade based on one or two exams or projects. Because of this, it is important for students to plan their work schedule in advance and use time efficiently.

Grading is based on the British educational model. Assessment methods may be different from universities in the USA. Professors may test students orally (as opposed to passing out written exams); students from the same class may be asked different questions on their exams, and your final grade may be based on just one or two assignments and/or exams.

Minimum Passing

UK Grade
> 70% (1st class)
60-69% (upper 2nd class)
50-59% (lower 2nd class)
40-49% (3rd class)
< 40%

USA Grade