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Admission in India for Foreigners

With more than 17,000 colleges, 400 universities, 13 institutes of national importance and various other vocational institutes, the higher education system in India is one of the largest in the world. 
However, it is the fast integrating world economy and corresponding rise of students mobility that have made studying in India an attractive option. There are a large number of Indian as well as foreign students who apply every year to Indian universities and colleges. For all those who wish to study in India, it is very important to get prior and correct information about the courses that you would like to undertake, the university you want to apply to and how to go about the application procedure. For an international student, it is also important to know the accommodation facilities, weather conditions, food habits and cost of living in the city in which he or she intends to study. 

Education in India
The education system in India has savored a special bond between the teacher and the pupil since time unknown. In fact, India was  the country to have established what we know as the 'gurukul' system of education. However, with the coming of the Britishers, English has become a part and parcel of Indian education system. Today English is the third major medium of instruction in India after Hindi and Marathi. 
Advantages of Studying in India
India is fast becoming a major economic power in the world today. And if its growth trend continues for some more years, it would soon be playing a major role in the world economy along with China. This itself has been a major cause of attraction for many international students. Moreover, India's successful stint with democracy has also been a major magnetic force for scholars around the world. However, apart from knowing India well, there are some other advantages that are attracting students to study in India. Some of these are -
  • Low Cost: The cost of education in India is quite low as compared to many other countries of the world.
  • Quality Education: Quality of education is not uniform throughout the length and breath of the country. However, there are some educational institutes in India that provide world class education. Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Science, National Law Schools, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University are some such Institutes. The government of India is also speeding up the efforts to establish more such institutes that can offer quality education in India.
  • Financial Assistance: Various scholarships, education loans and other financial aids are now available for studying in India today.
  • Consultation Service: The government of India provides consultation service to the interested international students through Education Consultants of India (Ed.CIL). Thus one can get all the information about the Indian education system, cost of education, duration, visa, accommodation facilities even before landing up in India.
  • Unique Courses: One can also study some unique courses that were discovered and developed by the traditional knowledge system of India. Ayurveda, Sankrit, Yoga, Hindi are some such courses that enthuse many international students. 

Apart from above mentioned advantages other things like accommodation, food, local and international calling, internet etc are also cheaper as compared to other countries.

Mark Twain said that, "India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great-grandmother of tradition." He wasn't exaggerating, either, and as you study abroad in India, you'll find that out for yourself.


Are the Programmes offered by Indian institutions recognised?
It is mandatory for all universities/institutions offering professional and technical courses in India to be recognised by the national level statutory bodies established for the maintenance of norms and standards. Indian degrees are recognised worldwide.

Are distance learning Programmes offered in India?

Yes. India has about 11 universities exclusively offering distance education Programmes. Several regular universities also have separate distance education cells. Like, Delhi University has School of Open Learning that offers distance learning courses to students. The Indra Gandhi Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, is one of the largest open universities in the world, running distance learning Programmes and catering to over one million students worldwide.
Do foreign students need to give GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other test?

Indian universities do not insist on the above scores. However, since the academic programmes are taught in English medium, proficiency in English is a must. One should have studied Higher Secondary in English medium or English should have been one of his/her subjects.

Are there healthcare facilities in India for overseas students?
Most Indian institutions have their own campus clinics, where students are treated for ailments like fever, cough, cold, etc. If the students wish, the institutes can also help the students get medical insurances.
What are the accommodation alternatives available for overseas students in India?
All Indian institutions provide hostel accommodation for international students in the hostels located on campus. If they wish, the students can also stay outside, in private accommodations and rented flats.
What is the cost of studying in India?
Indian Universities offer education at more affordable cost than any other recognised university in the world. The average cost of studying in India is almost one-fourth to that charged in western universities.
What is the cost of living in India?

Living expenses (food and other) in India are about USD 100-150 a month.

Do Indian universities offer scholarships to overseas students?
The Government of India provides scholarships to overseas students. Do contact the head office for more details.
Do foreign students need to undergo any medical tests before coming to India?
All foreign students coming to India need to undergo a medical test for AIDS. The Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) requires this test as a pre-requisite for obtaining the Residence Permit Form.
Is registration with FRRO office mandatory?

All PIO students staying in India longer than 6 months are required to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The following documents are required for registration:

  • Photocopy of the passport and initial visa
  • Four photographs of the applicant
  • Details of residents in India
  • HIVtest report from one of the WHO recognised institutions for people in the age group of 15 to 60
  • Bonafide certificate from the university/college/institution
  • Proof of Bank Account/sufficient funds for non-scholarship students
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