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  • Population 1,342,512,706
  • Students 20,000,000
  • Int. Students 30,000
  • Listed Institutes 2
  • Ranked Universities 17
  • Academic Year July - May

Study in India

Being one of the world’s fastest growing and influential economies, while keeping living expenses low, India may be a fitting option for international study. There is plenty to choose from. With over 350 universities and 17,000 colleges, India has one of the largest education system in the world.

India is also the second largest English speaking population in the world, hence it is a place where foreign nationals can easily adapt. Most Indian universities have English as the language of instruction and many consider a good knowledge of English as a pre-requisite to pursuing academic studies.

In India, you can get a very high-level education at a more than affordable price – costs are much lower compared to other countries in the world.

Higher Education Systems

When it comes to higher education, India is particularly appreciated for the quality of its Engineering, Technology and Science studies. The top universities in India are broadly comprised of Institutes of Technology (IITs), of which there are currently 16 operating around the country. In the QS University Rankings for BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), half of these institutes reach the BRICS top 100.

Higher education institutions in India are divided into:

  • Central Universities - established by a central government through an act of parliament;
  • State Universities - established by a province or state government;
  • State Private Universities - established through a central or state government by a sponsoring body;
  • Deemed Universities - high performing institutions that have been declared as having a status equal to universities by central government.
  • Institutes of National Importance - established by acts of parliament and funded by the central government, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).

Indian law requires that universities be accredited, unless created through an act of Parliament. The Indian educational system is undergoing significant development, therefore, when you choose a university or a technical college in India, it is advisable to double-check whether the establishment is recognised by the government as an Institution of Higher Education.

To study at an Indian Institute of Technology you will need to pay international student fees. These will be higher than domestic fees and will cost anywhere between €2600 and €7500. Keep in mind that students are not permitted to work while studying in India.

Academic study programmes

The university degree system in India is similar to that in Europe. The first cycle lasts three years (four years in the Engineering specialization) resulting in a Bachelor’s degree. After another 1-2 years of study, students may gain a Master’s diploma. Finally, three years of additional study leads to a PhD.

In India, you will also have the chance to take academic programmes that are often unknown to the Western students. From the variety of universities, the number of higher education institutions and different local traditions results a large spectrum of courses.

The focus of Indian university education lies on scientific research and engineering. IT and engineering are highly popular fields of study and the number of graduates hardly supplies the demand of the Indian economy. Other popular fields among international students include:

  • Engineering and Technical Education
  • Medical Education
  • Agricultural/Veterinary Education
  • Biotechnology
  • Oceanography
  • Management Studies
  • Fashion and Design Technology

Besides formal educational, you might also be interested in studying Hindi and Sanskrit languages with the Pandits or in learning Urdu, Persian and Arabic with the Mullahs in traditional settings. You might also like to live with renowned Ustads to study traditional Indian music. Whether you are interested in philosophy or religion, cuisine or dance, India will surely offer you the right opportunity.

General application requirements

An international student who wishes to apply for academic programmes in India typically has to go through the following procedure:

  • Submit de application form;
  • Obtain a provisional admission letter from the academic institution;
  • Show this letter to the Indian Embassy in your country and get a Student Visa endorsed to institution (NRI students do not require a visa);
  • Submit the permanent admission form, together with the following documents: degree/ pass certificate of the qualifying examination, mark list of qualifying examination, student visa in original, a copy of passport attested by a notary;
  • Get a medical fitness certificate;
  • Take the proficiency tests in English, if listed as an admission requirement.

Both health and travel insurance are essential, as are vaccinations. These basic vaccinations for travellers to India are recommendable: diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, polio, and typhoid. Make sure you get these from your doctor at least six weeks before you leave to ensure you are protected.

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English language preparation for studying in India

Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Indian universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.

Study Visa

International students generally come to India on a Student Visa. To obtain this visa you must have an unconditional offer from an Indian education institution.

  • To be eligible for a Student Visa, applicants must first be accepted on to a programme of study.
  • The visa covers the duration of your course, or five years of study abroad, whichever is less.
  • Contact your local Indian Embassy for further information on the student visa forms you will need to complete.

If you will not receive a firm letter of admission from an academic institution or university, you should be issued a Provisional Student Visa, valid for 3 months, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions. Within these 3 months, your admission needs to be confirmed otherwise you will have to leave India.

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Living in India

  • Chess, Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus originate in India.
  • The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century, initially a large Buddhist monastery, was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • After India’s independence, the government decided that the official language of India will be Hindi. The Indian constitution has declared that English can also be used for official purposes.
  • Foreign students can live comfortably on €100-€150 per month for food and expenses.
  • A general budget of around €4500 per year is recommended.
  • The tap water in India is generally not safe to drink. Purchase bottled water for your consumption (but make sure that the seal is not broken).
  • Vegetables and fruits in general are available at every bazaar for a very small amount of money. Imported products such as chocolates are usually a bit more expensive.
  • Indian cuisine is famed for its spicy edge.
  • The transport by bus, rickshaw or train is the cheapest and safest way to travel.
  • Indians are very helpful and hospitable people, and India is generally a safe country. However, you should try to always keep your wallet, passport/visa and valuable goods safe, especially crowded areas such as local festivals, markets, tourist sites, railways, bus stations, or on trains and buses.
  • Often the universities organise weekend trips for whole faculties and offer workshops on specific topics, such as arts or politics.
  • You should travel around in India and discover the Himalayan Mountains in the north, with its unique surrounding plant and animal life, or simply relax on South India’s beaches.

About India

The Republic of India is a country in South Asia. The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. One of the earliest civilizations, the Indus Valley civilization flourished on the Indian subcontinent from c. 2600 B.C. to c. 2000 B.C.

It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.

India is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east.

The four religions originating in India - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population. Islam is India's and the world's second largest religion.

India's economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of support services. India has large numbers of well-educated people skilled in English language; India is a major exporter of software services and software workers.

In terms of purchasing power, India is the world’s third largest economy. The country now boasts 400,000 millionaires with a combined net worth of nearly 2.5 billion USD.

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