Caution Notice


In the contemporary scenario, India's interest in the world as well as the world's interest in India is visibly at its highest. Therefore, it becomes imperative that the Indian scholarship on global issues should respond to the opportunities that this presents. To this end, the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) endeavours to provide a platform for teaching and research in international relations, with an emphasis on India and its role in global affairs. Set up in consonance with the broader vision of Symbiosis Society, which is "to integrate with the world", SSIS strives to constantly engage in scholarly pursuits in an environment of intellectual fellowship, aimed at the academic enrichment of the entire community.

The discipline of International Studies (IS) positions itself at the cross-roads where the dominant cultural, economic, political and social issues that exercise an influence on the national, regional and international agenda converge. A Master's programme in International Studies encourages students to relate theoretical concepts to specific, relevant world issues and challenges in international affairs today. The holistic nature of courses offered under the M.A. (International Studies) programme provides students with the lens to critically examine, analyze and understand contemporary issues based on a multi-disciplinary approach. The specialization offered under the course on Area Studies fosters scholarship of the region informed by a deeper understanding of an interconnected and interdependent world. The choice of regions offered includes - Europe/North America and Asia. The students are also offered a choice of foreign language as part of Area Studies course (Arabic/ French/ Spanish/ Chinese). Our faculty members are a good blend of prominent academicians, active researchers and practitioners, attesting to the belief that the best pedagogy comes from a mix of theory and praxis. Apart from the teaching vertical, we also run the flagship annual International Relations Conference (IRC) and an online research portal - Indian Review of Global Affairs (IRGA).

Programme Outcomes

  • To provide a sound knowledge base of the IS (International Studies) discipline
  • To develop creative, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • To strengthen communication skills
  • To inculcate cultural sensitivity and the ability to work in multicultural environments
  • To encourage a holistic understanding of and participation in the Sustainable Development Agenda

Orientation and Pedagogy

Faculty is encouraged to employ a number of methods of instruction. Consistent with the University's quality assurance and enhancement practices, each method is designed to ensure that the students derive maximum benefit from the lectures and seminars, and that they use the self - study time to its full advantage.

Given the diversity of the subject, the programme is taught through a mixed pedagogical approach, combining exposure to both IR theory and praxis. Emphasis is laid on hands-on training in the workings of contemporary diplomacy and international negotiations through simulations, case studies and audio visuals. The courses are designed to nurture critical analysis skills (written and oral), soft skills, intercultural skills and e- competencies in the students to enable them to play professional, constructive or leadership roles at the national, regional and international level.

The pedagogy is by lecture/seminar format, small group work, and simulations as appropriate. For each course, the formal lectures are intended to provide students with – right from an introduction to a particular theme or topic, to making them aware of main issues through a structured summary of the current state of debate on a topic, and to provide them with navigation points through the main literature. The seminar format is intended to provide students with the opportunity to engage in discussion with other students and with the course convenor for a structured discussion of substantive issues.

Students are encouraged to work both independently, and as part of a group. Independent study is vital to develop research skills: for the preparation of essays, book reviews and the final year dissertation. All of this written work is designed to help hone the skills necessary to filter complex arguments and issues to their essential elements, and to express your own critical ideas succinctly, clearly, and in an organised manner. Students are also encouraged to work independently on presentations to develop oral communication skills. This helps to develop the ability to organise and to think quickly about complex issues, and to develop skills necessary for reasoned argumentation. Students are also encouraged to work in groups for simulation projects to develop skills necessary for cooperation in group project work, as well as to develop leadership qualities.

The programme also allows students to manage an online research portal, Indian Review of Global Affairs, which will become a base of mid-to-long range policy- relevant issues and challenges. This will further hone skills and encourage the participation of youth in new age research via the use of new media such as podcasts, photo-essays/ photo- journalism, interviews and video- series.



Candidate should be a Graduate from any statutory university with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) at the graduation level.

Additional note:

a) Candidates appearing for final year examination can also apply, but their admission will be subject to obtaining a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) in the qualifying examination

b) A candidate who has completed qualifying qualification from any Foreign Board/ University must obtain an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Reservation Policy:

The following are the reservation rules that shall be followed while admitting Indian students

1. Scheduled Caste : 15%

2. Scheduled Tribe: 7.5%

3. Differently Abled : 3%

4. Kashmiri Migrants: 2 over and above the programme intake.

5. Admissions of all International Students including foreign nationals, PIO & NRI are done through The International Office of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Kindly refer to

Policy of admission against vacant seats under reserved category

In case some seats remain vacant due to the non-availability of suitable candidates under the category of reservations, then, the information about the vacant seats will be reported to Symbiosis International (Deemed University). With the permission of the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, the seats will be converted to the general category seats and shortlisted students will be offered these seats.

Documents required by SIU for Confirmation of Eligibility for Post Graduate Programmes

The Indian candidates shall submit the following documents for grant of eligibility for admission to the programmes offered by the University:

  • Self -attested photocopies Statement of marks of all semesters/years of qualifying examination issued by the qualifying Board/Recognized university/ and also by Autonomous colleges, whose degrees are awarded by the Recognized University. In case of any back log admission will be cancelled.
  • Self -attested passing certificate/degree certificate of qualifying examination issued by the Board/ Recognized University/and also by autonomous college whose degrees are awarded by the Recognized University.
  • Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate programme shall submit transfer certificate from the school/ college/ institute last attended as the case may be.
  • Migration certificate in original issued by the Board / Recognized University last attended.
  • Candidates who have obtained degree from Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and are seeking admission to any other programme of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
  • University are not required to submit Migration certificate. However they shall submit Transfer certificate in original, issued by the constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) last attended.
  • Candidates seeking admission in any part time programme of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) need not submit Migration certificate.
  • Candidate who has gap of one year or more in the continuation of education is required to submit the declaration on an affidavit or in the gap format (available in the Eligibility Rule book at the respective Institute)
  • A Candidate seeking admission against SC/ ST Category shall submit the category certificate issued by the Tehsildar/ Deputy Collector/ Sub Divisional Magistrate of the area or by the competent authority.
  • The candidate applying for admission to any constituent Institute of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) under the Differently Abled (DA) category should produce a certificate fulfilling the requirement of admission under differently abled category (DAC), issued by the competent medical authority based on which provisional admission may be granted.
  • The candidate will have to get the disability authenticated from Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC), the admission may be considered as regularized only after due authentication by SCHC.
  • A candidate seeking admission under the category of Jammu & Kashmir Migrant in type J1, J2, J3 shall submit the Migrant certificate in original issued by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • A candidate seeking under Defence category shall submit the authenticated photocopy of Identity card as a proof of dependent of Defence personnel.
  • A candidate shall submit change of name certificate, if his/ her name has been changed due to any reason and is not the same as mentioned in the certificates/ mark sheets of qualifying examination. A copy of Government Gazette in proof of change of name shall be submitted.
  • Candidate who have been awarded diploma by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved autonomous polytechnic in Maharashtra state or its equivalent and taking admission to 2nd year of B.Tech Programme of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) shall submit equivalence certificate issued by Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE).
  • The candidates who have been awarded diploma by Government Polytechnic need not submit equivalence certificate.
  • Equivalence certificate: AIU equivalence is required in case of a degree from Foreign University.
  • Experience certificate wherever applicable (For eg: MBA (AB), MBA (EE) programme of SIIB)
  • Registration certificate - Registration certificate wherever applicable. (Applicable in case of MBA (HHM) programme of SIHS)
  • Industry Sponsored letter in case of admission under Industry Sponsored category.

The following two additional documents need to be submitted in conformity with UGC/SIU norms

  • Anti Ragging affidavit duly signed by Student and Parent
  • Indemnification/ Healthcare Undertaking duly signed by Student and Parent

All admission is provisional and will be confirmed only on submission of all documents, verified and approved by SIU eligibility verification team and notification from Registrar's office.

Admission Schedule (2021-2023)

Please read this Application Guide to entry in 2021 carefully to ensure that you provide the correct documents and information. For any further queries do write in to - with the subject line Admission 2021 Query.

Kindly also note the Admission related contact numbers
Telephone: 020 - 26551231, 26551230; Mobile No.: 09075022773
Office Hours- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.(except on Sundays and Holidays)

  • In case the landline is not reachable please call on the mobile number / leave a message or email us your queries.
When to apply

The Symbiosis School of International Studies uses application deadlines and you need to ensure that your application and all supporting documents (if required), are received by 12 noon Indian Standard Time on the deadline date for your application to be considered. The standard application deadlines for entry in M.A(IS) programme of 2021 are as follows:

Please note that given the Covid-19 crisis we are hosting the admission test via online Personal Interaction (PI) in two phases. SSIS ADMISSION 2021: IMPORTANT DATES
1 Admission Campaign March 22- June 30, 2021
2 Programme Registration Begins March 22 , 2021 – Monday, 12 noon
3 Last date for Online registration  June 30, 2021 – Wednesday, 12 noon
4 Last Date for payment of Registration fees June 30, 2021 – Wednesday, 12 noon
5 Entrance Test N.A
6 Test Result N.A
7 Announcement of the Shortlist for Personal Interaction –Phase 1 May 25, 2021 – Tuesday, 12 noon
8 Personal Interaction (PI)–Phase 1 June 01-02, 2021  (Tuesday- Wednesday)
9 PI( Phase 1) result approvals and eligibility verification June 03-08, 2021
10 Announcement of First Merit list June 09, 2021- Wednesday, 2 p.m.
11 Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the first merit list June 23, 2021- Wednesday, 2 p.m.
12 Announcement of Shortlist for Personal Interaction Phase 2 July 05, 2021– Monday, 12 noon
13 Personal Interaction (PI)– Phase 2 July 12-13 , 2021 (Monday- Tuesday)
14 PI(Phase 2) result approvals and eligibility verification July 14-17, 2021
15 Announcement of Second Merit list July 19, 2021 – Monday, 12 noon
16 Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the second merit list July 31 , 2021 – Saturday, 12 noon
17 Announcement of Third Merit list (waitlisted candidates, if any) Aug 04, 2021 – Wednesday, 12 noon
18 Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the Third Merit list Aug 12, 2021 – Thursday, 12 noon
19 Programme Commencement August 16 , 2021 –Monday

* Dates are tentative

"Registrations are now closed for the Academic Year 2021-2023. Admission process for the academic year 2022, will start from March 2022.".

Fee structure 2021

Complete details of fees for the MA - International Studies at Symbiosis School of International Studies as applicable for Batch-2021-2023 is as under:

Student Category Academic Fee per annum Admin Fees ( Non-refundable) Institute Deposit (Refundable) Total
Indian (INR) 3,03,000.00 N.A. 10,000 3,13,000.00
International(USD equivalent to INR) 4,55,000.00 40, 000.00 10,000 5,05,000

* Hostel and Mess fees are separate

* Academic fees, Hostel fees and mess fees can be increased upto 10% during the period of the programme to cater to any changes, introduction of govt. taxes, as and when applicable.

Hostel & Mess Fees for Indian and International Students (subject to change in campus/ accommodation type for e.g. single/ twin/ triple/ quadruple sharing/ dormitory)) Amount in INR for Indian Students USD equivalent to INR for International Students
Mess Fees (per annum) 64,500 64,500
Hostel Deposit(refundable) 15,000 15,000
Hostel Fees( different; subject to sharing) per annum - -
Twin Sharing 1,14,000 1,14,000
Triple sharing 96,000 96,000

Instalments for Programme fees for M.A.(IS) Students

Particulars Year 1 Year 2
Instalments for Programme fees for M.A.(IS) Indian Students 1st instalment (Amount in INR ) 2nd instalment(Amount in INR ) 3rd instalment(Amount in INR ) 4th instalment(Amount in INR )
Academic Fees per annum 1,51,500.00 1,51,500.00 1,51,500.00 1,51,500.00
Institute Deposit (refundable) 10,000.00 - - -
Hostel Deposit( refundable) 15,000.00 - - -
Hostel Fees (per annum) 48,300.00 48,300.00 ** **
Mess Fees (per annum) 32,250.00 32,250.00 ** **
Instalments 2,57,050.00 2,32,050.00 - -
Last Date/ Due Date for payment of Instalments* At the time of Admission 25th Nov 2021 25th July 2022 25th Nov 2022

*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change

**Hostel and Mess fees for the subsequent year will be communicated before the commencement of the next academic year.

Particulars Year 1 Year 2
Instalments for Programme fees for M.A.(IS) International Students 1st instalment (Amount in INR ) 2nd instalment(Amount in INR ) 3nd instalment(Amount in INR ) 4rd instalment(Amount in INR ) 5th instalment(Amount in INR )
Administrative Fees ( non-refundable)# 40,000.00 - - - -
Academic Fees per annum 55,000.00 1,52,500.00 2,47,500.00 2,27,500.00 2,27,500.00
Institute Deposit (refundable) 10,000.00 - - - -
Hostel Deposit( refundable) - 15,000.00 - - -
Hostel Fees (per annum) - 48,300.00 48,300.00 - -
Mess Fees (per annum) - 32,250.00 32,250.00 - -
Instalments 1,05,000.00 2,48,050.00 3,28,050.00 - -
Last Date/ Due Date for payment of Instalments* At the time of Acceptance of Offer Letter At the time of Reporting to SCIE 25th Nov 2021 25th July 2022 25th Nov 2022

# 50% concession to be given only to the Foreign National students on Administrative Fees.

*The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change

** Hostel and Mess fees for the subsequent year will be communicated before the commencement of the next academic year.

*** Academic Fees can be increased upto 10% during the period of the programme. Govt Taxes will be additional as and when applicable.


As a non – SNAP institute, PI-WAT is the next activity of selection process for the M.A. (International Studies) course offered by Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS). After successful online registration and payment of fee, subject to fulfilment of admission criteria, shortlisted candidates would be notified of the call for PI - WAT via email. They would need to select the preferred slot. They would need to select the preferred slot as mentioned in the communication and follow the instructions provided in the call letter.

** Given the COVID-19 crisis, the entrance test this year will not comprise of WAT but only the PI.

PI will be conducted in two phases – Phase I (for paid registrations till 18th May 2021, 12 noon) & Phase II (for paid registrations till 30th June 2021, 12 noon)

The PI will be conducted online. The link will be shared with candidates prior to the PI depending on the slot booked.

  • Personal Interaction (PI)
  • The applicant will be facing an interview conducted by a panel that consists of at least two members. The interview would cover general awareness, clarity of thought and articulation, logical reasoning, learning orientation, motivation, extracurricular activities, specific field of interest, communication and soft skills and over all personality. A total of 50 marks have been allotted to Personal Interaction.
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)

    The applicant will also need to take a writing test so that she/he can be assessed in terms of writing skills and critical thinking skill - the ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely in writing. The candidate will be asked to think critically about a given statement/topic and write a unified essay discussing why he/she accepts, rejects, or qualifies it. The task does not presuppose specific knowledge of content areas.

    Evaluation is based on the degree to which the essay fulfils the three key elements of structure, style and content along the following lines. The essay should address the writing task effectively and insightfully, and where appropriate, provide a well-reasoned solution; be well organized, with a clear overall strategy; be fully developed, with pertinent support for ideas presented; be appropriate in style and tone for the intended reader; and display consistent facility with written English (grammar, syntax, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling).

    • The length of the essay will be limited to 300-400 words (plus/minus 10%).
    • The time allotted for the activity will be half an hour (30 min.s)
    • The WAT would be conducted on paper.
    • The essay will be marked out of 50.
  • Maximum Score
  • Maximum score for PI-WAT will be 100 marks.
  • PI-WAT Centre
    For 2021 Admissions, the entrance test is online PI. Candidates are not required to report to campus for entrance test.
    • SSIS
    • Survey No. 231, 3rd floor,
    • Symbiosis Vimannagar New Campus,
    • Symbiosis Road (Opp. Pune International Airport)
    • Viman Nagar,Pune - 411 014.
    • Maharashtra, India.
  • The candidates would need to report on time for the Online PI and scan and email to the SSIS Admissions Team , the essential documents for eligibility verification. The documents include:
    • PI-WAT Call Letter
    • Self-Attested Copy of Photo identity (Std. XII Admit Card/ Driving license/Passport)
    • Self-Attested Copy of Category certificate (Caste, Differently Abled, Kashmiri migrants) (If Applicable)
    • Self-Attested Copy of Std. X Mark sheet.
    • Self-Attested Copy of Std. XII Mark sheet.
    • Self-Attested Copy of Graduation Mark sheet. (If available)
    • Other certificates for extracurricular activities (to be shown during PI, if id="paraf"required)
  • Admission Feedback Form
  • Candidates would need to fill up the feedback form, which will be shared online, post the PI.
  • General Information
    • Please test the connection and mic.s etc to ensure a seamless online PI.
    • The decision of the panel is final and binding and no enquiries will be entertained.

International Students

Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) handles all subject matters relating to admissions of International Students to the constituent institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). Categories listed under International Students Admissions are as follows:

Foreign National (FN):

A student is eligible to apply as a Foreign National (FN) if he/she holds a foreign passport.

Person of Indian Origin (PIO):

A student is eligible to apply as a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) if he/she has a PIO card and is a citizen of a country other than India.

Non Resident Indian (NRI):

(At Postgraduate Level)
A student is eligible to apply as a Non Resident Indian (NRI) if he/she has appeared either for the 10+2 examination (equivalent to the Indian 12th) or Graduation outside India. It is mandatory for one of the two qualifying examinations to be given outside India. International students are able to apply online and need only come to India when his/her application is shortlisted for the chosen programme. The application procedure consists of 15 simple steps; it begins with a basic eligibility check of important documents to be submitted and concludes with the final payment confirming admission.

For detailed information and online registration, please visit

Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE)
International Initiatives:

The hostel seats at Symbiosis Hostel (VimanNagar - old and new campus), are limited in number and are allotted on first come- first serve basis. There is a strict code of conduct practised at all Symbiosis Hostels. Students wishing to stay in any wing of Symbiosis Hostel, Viman nagar will have to abide by the code of conduct.

Contact details for Hostel related queries:
Col C V Mohan (Retd) , Senior Campus Administrator, SVC, E-mail id:
Mr. Samir Pawar, Hostel I/C Accounts SVC, Accounts Assistant, SVC Main campus: Ph. 020-26557162/163/164/165/155 & 020-26551302/03/04 for F wing only, E-mail id:

Queries can be raised on phones as under:
020-26557164/162/163/165/155 or 0-8087085044/45

Health Center

1 SCHC Emergency no +91-9552589179 (Viman Nagar Campus)
2 SCHC landline no 020- 26551326
3 Email id
4 Medical Officer I/C Dr. Vaishali Kambale, 020-26551327/28

New Symbiosis Viman Nagar Campus (SVC) Office

1 New SVC Campus Admin: - Col. G.S. Radkar (Retd.) 020-26551301
2 New SVC Campus Supervisor: - Mr. N Pawar 020- 26551302
3 Security in Charge: - Mr. S Ukey 020-26551314

Symbiosis Viman Nagar Campus (SVC) Office

1 SVC Office Helpline 020 - 64105763
020 - 64003291
Campus Office, Ground Floor, SID Block
2 SVC Security In-charge 020 - 64103292 Gate No 6, SVC
3 Dr. Priti Chapale, M.O I/C, SCHC (SVC) 020 - 26632484 9552525654

SVC Office Helpline

1 Col C V Mohan (Retd.), Senior Administrator, SVC,
Mobile: 8087085043/8087085044
Contact No.: 020-26557163/162/164
2 Vishal M. Dhumal, Office Assistant,
Mobile: 9623563404
3 Ms. Vrushali Kadam & Ms. Nisha Kalal, Warden, B Wing Girls Hostel.
Mobile: 9011879337/ 9665239481
4 Ms. Nisha Kalal & Sub Maj Baliram Sawant (Retd), Wardens, C Wing Girls Hostel,
Mobile: 9665239481/ 9890912094
5 Mr. Anthony James & Ms. Preksha Akolkar, E Wing Boys Hostel,
Mobile: 9096883291/ 8551841942
6 Caretaker: Ms. Varsha Tikkas, G Wing Girls Hostel,
Mobile: 8087085045 Contact No.: 020-26551301
7 Mr. Sagar Otari, Network Administrator, (Wi Fi)
8 Mr. Amol Lambe, Accounts Assistant, SVC
9 Mr. Vinod Bhagade, Office Assistant, SVC


SSIS is guided by the SIU examination policy and rules in the conduct of examination.

CBCS: Choice Based Credit System.As per the CBCS, grade point will be allotted to each letter grade on a 10 point grade scale with grades denoted by letters O, A+, A, B+, B, C, P, F and AB.

Examination: It is the entire session of assessment carried at SSIS and the university level which includes both continuous and term-end evaluation

Examination Session: It is the time slot assigned for a particular examination. Generally there shall be two sessions per day , however additional sessions might be conducted with prior permission.

Examination Season : The academic year is divided into two examination seasons – October Season and April Season. All examinations held between September to December will be counted as held in October Season. All examinations held between January to June will be counted as held in April Season.

Evaluation: The evaluation includes continuous and term end evaluations. The term end evaluation, summative in nature, is conducted by the University at the end of every term. The continuous evaluation pattern, formative in nature, aims at multi- level assessment and is spread across the term. Passing in a course means securing 40% of absolute marks in each of the heads of Continuous evaluation and Term end examination.

Course Not Granted (CNG): Minimum 75 % attendance is mandatory for a student to be eligible for appearing in the term-end examination of a particular course. If the course attendance is below 75% then the student will not be granted the permission to appear for the examination of the concerned course. If cumulative attendance for all courses of the semester is more than 75% CNG should not be given.

Term not Granted (TNG): Minimum 75% attendance is mandatory for all the students to be eligible to appear for the external examination of all courses of the term . If the aggregate attendance is below 75% then the student will not be granted the permission to appear for the term-end examination.

ATKT ( Allowed to keep Term ) Rules: A student cannot appear for end Semester 3 exams if he/ she has CGPA less than 4.00 up to Semester -1 irrespective of number of backlogs in Semester I. He/she cannot appear for end Semester 4 exams if he/ she has CGPA less than 4.00 up to Semester -2 irrespective of number of backlogs in Semester II.

Validity of terms: The students admitted to all post graduate programmes of the University, will be allowed to keep terms for a period of one year from the date of admission beyond the normal period of the programme, i.e. the students joining a two years programme must complete the programme in three years from the date of admission.

You can download the Examination Department PDF here for more information.

For further details visit SIU website

Date Day On account of
1st Jan 2021 Wednesday New Year Day
15th Jan 2021 Wednesday Makar Sankranti
10th Mar 2021 Tuesday Holi/Dhulivandan
25th Mar 2021 Wednesday Gudi Padwa/Ugadi
14th Apr 2021 Tuesday Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti
1st May 2021 Friday Maharashtra Day
25th May 2021 Monday Ramzan- Id
03rd Aug 2021 Monday Raksha Bandhan
15th Aug 2021 Saturday Independence Day
22nd Aug 2020 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
01st Sep 2020 Tuesday Anant Chaturdashi
02nd Oct 2020 Friday Mahatma Ghandhi Jayanti
12th Nov 2020 to
16th Nov 2020
Thursday to Monday Diwali
25th Dec 2020 Friday Christmas
Rebublic Day and Holidays that fall on Sunday have not been mentioned in the list
*Detailed Programme Structure (Semester wise) for Batch 2020-22
Course Structure - Click here