Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts is the first Liberal Arts College in India, with over a decade's worth of experience in bringing innovation to education. The B.A. (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree or B.Sc. (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree offered at SSLA adapts the well-established international ideology of Liberal Arts education tailored to the Indian scenario. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students are equipped with the technical, academic and practical knowledge to excel in their future careers.

The Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts offers students the opportunity to study either a four-year full-time Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree or a Bachelor of Science (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree programme spanning eight semesters. The liberal arts programme offers students a wide range of courses across all disciplines with the freedom to pick and choose major and minor areas of specialization from areas conventionally considered to be academically incompatible.

Vision and Mission

School of Liberal Arts

SIU Vision

  • Promoting international understanding through quality education.

SIU Mission

  • To inculcate the spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family)
  • To contribute towards knowledge generation and dissemination
  • To impart ethical and value-based learning
  • To foster the spirit of national development
  • To cultivate cross-cultural sensitivities
  • To develop global competencies amongst students
  • To nurture creativity and encourage entrepreneurship
  • To enhance employability and contribute to human resource development
  • To promote health and wellness amongst students, staff & community
  • To instil sensitivity towards community and environmental concerns
  • To produce thought-provoking leaders for society



SSLA's library is growing rapidly and contains books providing information and reference material in all the different disciplines in the programme. A well-equppied Reading Room provides access to the students to journals and magazines– both online and print. Additionally, students and staff have membership to the British Council Library and the library of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. They also have access to the libraries of all the other institutes of Symbiosis.


Students have the opportunity to use the sports and fitness facilities available at the various Symbiosis Campuses around Pune. These include a fully equipped fitness gym and a swimming pool in addition to other shared sporting grounds and facilities. There is a fully equipped Symbiosis gym and health care centre at SSLA.


The SSLA campus is Wi-Fi enabled and students can access the Internet any time during college hours for educational purposes, research and communication.

Computer Lab

The Computer Labs at SSLA are fully equipped with the latest hardware, LAN internet access, and printers.


Classes at SSLA usually require dyamic seating arrangement and therefore sports modular furniture. All Classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and audio systems. We also have a Newsroom and Studio for students.


Limited hostel facility for girls is available on campus. Additionally, the institute provides a list of approved Paying Guest Accommodation and third party-hostels nearby.

Cafeteria and Mess

Within our campus, students have access to a full-fledged canteen/cafeteria. Most students staying on residence use the mess facility at the Symbiosis hostel. The canteen within the campus serves a variety of snacks, drinks and meals.


SSLA’s programme is modelled on internationally valued models, carefully adapted to suit Indian academic and Industry requirements. Our programme offers students a wide range of coursework with the freedom to choose Majors and Minors across disciplines. Unique combinations like Biology and Economics will help students excel in fields like Health Economics, Policy Making, Pharmacare etc.

Guided by this philosophy, SSLA offers students the opportunity to study a 4-year fulltime Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree or Bachelor of Science (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree programme covered over eight semesters (i.e., 4 years).

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree

Economics, Business Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, English, Psychology, Political Science & Public Policy, Anthropology, Philosophy or International Relations

Bachelor of Science (Liberal Arts) Honors Degree: BIOLOGY, MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS, OR COMPUTER STUDIES

Along with the student’s chosen field of Major and Minor, the programme includes compulsory courses dedicated to develop the student’s core competencies and a basket of electives to choose from.

Over the four years, students earn over 200+ credits with: 19 core (compulsory) courses + 8 general (electives) + 1 Minor specialization subject (6 papers) + 1 Major specialization subject (10 papers). The programme also builds in 1 research dissertation + 1 final year seminar paper + 1 internship + 1 community outreach programme.

This comprehensive approach to undergraduate education ensures that students not only specialize in their field of study, but garner additional skills in areas like research, interpersonal communication, analytical and critical skills, which will mould them into socially-conscious citizens who are successful in their respective fields.


a. Career cell

SSLA has a career cell to carry out programmes which will facilitate the easy progress of SSLA students into a career path of their choice. The Career Cell facilitates the internship, placements and higher education requirements of the students. It also conducts workshops and career-counselling sessions to help the students choose their major/minor areas of specialization.

b. Alumni

The alumni of SSLA are pursuing their Masters in prestigious universities in India and abroad. Some of our students are at – Australian National University, Johns Hopkins University, King’s College London, London School of Economics, Los Angeles Film School, National School of Journalism Bangalore, Indian Institute of Psychology and Research, OP Jindal Global University, Mumbai University.

A number of them have been placed in organizations such as Uber, Gateway House, The Times Group, Global Educations Solutions, Red Ice Film Productions, Teach for India and Mullen Lowe Lintas to name a few. Some of our Alumni have also set up entrepreneurial ventures.


All the students seeking admissions to SSLA should write SET( Symbiosis entrance test) and can also add SAT score if they wish to.

Standard XII (10+2) or equivalent examination passed from any recognized board with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% marks or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes).

*Foreign Nationals (FN), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) & NRIs must apply through the Symbiosis Center for International Education (SCIE) –


The intake per academic year is 100, which is subject to reservation policies of SIU. The intake of International Students and Kashmiri Migrants is over and above the sanctioned intake, as per SIU policy.

Important Dates

Details Date
Online Registration for SET commences 24th January 2019, Thursday
SET Test Registration closes 21 April 2019, Sunday
SSLA Registration Closes 10 May 2019, Friday
SSLA online payment closes 10 May 2019, Friday
SSLA offline payment closes 3rd May 2019, Friday
SET Admit card generation 24 April 2019, Wednesday
SET Test (General) 2019 4 May 2019, Saturday
SET Result 14 May 2019, Tuesday
Declaration of short Listing for PI-WAT 17 May 2019, Friday
SSLA PI-WAT (tentative) 24 May 2019 (Friday) – 28 May 2019 (Tuesday)
Declaration of Merit List - 1 31st May 2019, Friday
Last Date for Payment for Merit List 1 7th June 2019, Friday
Declaration of Merit List - 2 8th June 2019, Saturday
Last Date for Payment for Merit List 2 14th June 2019, Friday
Declaration of Merit List - 3 (If required) 15th June 2019, Saturday
Last Date for Payment for Merit List 3 22nd June 2019, Saturday
Session Begins for First Years July 2019


Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
Symbiosis Campus, S No. 227, Plot 11, 3rd Floor, 
Opp. Pune International Airport, Symbiosis Road,
Viman Nagar, Pune. 411014
: 020-6686-1200 / 22 / 23


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