What is a liberal or a liberal arts education?
A liberal education focuses on providing the skills and perspectives to students, which are considered an essential part of leading an ethical and purposeful life. Essentially, liberal education incorporates breadth and depth across multiple disciplines. Typically, students take a variety of courses in different disciplines and declare their dedicated course of study after exploring their interests.
What is the difference between pure and interdisciplinary majors?
Pure majors are traditional disciplinary programmes that allow students the opportunity to study their chosen academic field in great depth, acquire a certain expertise in the area, as well as explore the interconnection with other disciplines. The Interdisciplinary majors at Ashoka goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme. These are not double-degree programmes, but seek to combine closely related fields or explore new approaches to the study of particular fields. (Examples: Pure Majors – Mathematics, Psychology, Economics, etc. Interdisciplinary Majors – Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, History and International Relations, English and Creative Writing, etc).
Do students have to declare their majors at the time of admission?
Ashoka offers flexibility in its programmes. Students will only indicate their preferred major at the time of application. They have the option to take major courses from as early as their first semester, alongside the mandatory Foundation Courses. They decide their specialisation in the third semester.
How viable is it to pursue a double major at Ashoka?
While Ashoka does not deny a student the opportunity to pursue a double major, the undergraduate programme being extremely academically rigorous, it is not advisable for a student to pursue a double major. The credit requirements for a major are such the student may have to spend an extra year to pursue a double major. A student can convert his or her minor into a major in their fourth year. While the degree will still be awarded towards the major chosen in the second year, the transcript will reflect your second major.
What is the nature of collaboration with partner institutions?
Through our collaborations with King’s College, London, Sciences Po, Carleton College, UPenn, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan, students experience exposure to the academic life of other top universities. This includes curriculum design, research collaborations, faculty exchange as well as student exchange programmes. Credits earned will be transferable, both for summer and semester exchange programmes.
What are Ashoka University's discipline-specific policies?
Students of Ashoka University who wish to Major or Minor in the following disciplines should have studied Mathematics in their senior school years (Class XI and XII).
Economics / Economics and Finance / Economics and History / Politics, Philosophy and Economics / Mathematics / Computer Science / Computer Science and Entrepreneurship / Computer Science and Mathematics / Physics
What are the foreign/new languages taught at Ashoka? Do they differ from year to year? If I already have experience studying a language, how can I pursue it further at Ashoka if it’s not a part of the curriculum?
Every year, Ashoka University introduces three new languages. Currently, French, Latin and Urdu are being offered. The language courses are provided as options and are part of co-curricular courses which have two credits each. Two co-curricular courses are mandatory for every student and have to be done at any point within the three years of graduation. If you wish to pursue a language you are already proficient in, which is not offered at Ashoka University, you can consider pursuing it from other language centres in Delhi (For example German from Max Mueller Bhavan, French from Alliance Francaise, Spanish from Instituto Cervantes, etc).
Does Ashoka University have a Dean’s list? If yes, what are the GPA and other requirements for a student to be featured on the list?
Ashoka does have a Dean’s List. The GPA requirement is 3.65 as per last year.
What if a student wants to pursue a summer abroad programme in a university that is not associated with Ashoka?
Ashoka University has signed MOUs and is associated with some of the finest universities across the world. However, if a student wishes to pursue a summer abroad at a university of his choice, he or she is free to do so and we will make sure that we provide students with all the support they require to pursue this.
What are the GPA requirements for the summer abroad? What are the financial costs payable by the student to spend a summer abroad? How does a student on partial or full scholarship pay for it?
In order to pursue a summer abroad, students have to have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on 4) to qualify for the programme. There are multiple other requirements specific to the nature of the programme and what the student seeks to pursue. All additional financial costs are to be borne by the students depending on the University and country to which they are travelling. Please note that some Universities and College require the applicants to have higher GPAs (For example King’s College requires a 3.3 GPA).
What are the timings of classes in the University?
Classes are usually conducted between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. However, please note that evening classes might also be conducted as required by Professors and Students.
What is the duration of classes? Are the classes for subjects I'm majoring in longer than classes I'm minoring in?
All classes are 90 minutes long. Class duration is ideally the same. In case if it exceeds 90 mins, a bio break is provided. (For example, The International Relations class taught by Professor Srinath Raghavan is for 3 hours, but this is only in exceptional circumstances). The co-curricular classes which are scheduled on Wednesdays are for 120 minutes i.e. from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
How many hours of academic work does a student have to put in on an average day? Is it the same throughout the week? When does the last lecture end?
Ashoka gives its students the freedom to design their own course, so, depending on the subjects they chose, they may have a 6 hour long work day on some days of the week and only one lecture on the others.
If a student is not so good at a particular subject, how and how often can he approach a professor or TA to work on his or skills in the area?
Apart from the academic sessions, students are free to approach professors for one-on-one sessions on areas of difficulties for all subjects. If the professor should be unavailable during a particular period, their Teaching Assistants will help students with all their queries as well as work with them for a longer period to overcome any challenges if they should need assistance.
Should students bring their own laptops?
Students must carry their own laptops to campus when they move in. Almost all courses require constant use of laptops in the form of preparation for assignments, exams or assignments.
Do students have the options to pursue extra-curricular and co-curricular activities?
Ashoka University has an active Student Life department which is committed to engaging students outside of the classroom. We currently have several student-run clubs and societies on campus, in addition to music, arts, dance, and sports opportunities. Ashoka University also has a number of centres which offers students any support they may need in areas of their interest.
What kind of opportunities can graduates of Ashoka University expect? Is the Ashoka degree recognised by education institutions abroad?
Graduates of Ashoka’s Young India Fellowship, have been offered admission to and are studying at some of the world’s leading universities like Oxford University, LSE, Sciences Po, Central European University, Columbia University and the University of Chicago. Many have also been placed at top corporate houses like McKinsey, BCG, American Express, Cipla, Citibank, Genpact, Godrej, and TCS. Some went on to the non-profit sector and are employed in World Bank, WWF, Amnesty International, National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), and the UN. Students have also created around eight start-ups in different fields.