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Study in India: A Guide for International Students

India is vast in every sense of the word. From its population of more than one billion, to its expansive cities, to its wide-open, seemingly-endless countryside, India certainly earns its subcontinent status. India is home to dozens of communities, languages and several religions. It is also home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, like the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple. 

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India became independent from the UK in 1948, due to the strength of the movement started by Mahatma Gandhi. Today, India is a major power in Asia and is on its way to becoming a world power, like China or Germany. Politically, India is a bridge between east and west, as it maintains warm relations with Russia, China and the US alike. 

India - Quick Facts & Figures

Capital

New Delhi

Language

Hindi, English (many regional languages)

Population

1.35billion

Area Size

3,280,000km²

International students

47,000+

Academic Year

September - June

Currency

Indian Rupee (INR)

Calling Code

+91

Time Zone

GMT+5:30

It’s also India’s colonial past that ensures that English is widespread. English holds official status alongside Hindi. Most Indians speak these two languages, as well as one or more of the plethora of regional and minority languages in the country, like Punjabi, Gujarati and Bengali.

What makes India such a fascinating place to study abroad is that it’s a country on the up. Major technological advances are being made seemingly every day in India, yet it’s still a developing country with a lot of poverty and social issues. As India becomes wealthier and more powerful, its middle class is growing and its rates of poverty, illiteracy and early mortality are declining. Life expectancy is also quickly rising. 

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But the thing for which India is best known across the world is also one of the major draws for international students: the food. As the world has become more and more interconnected, curries, naans, poppadums and sugar puddings have spread around the world - and have come to be adored by billions of people. There is also India’s national dress. Its vivid colors and patterns capture our imaginations. Of course, India also has rich, fascinating stories, from the origin stories of the Hindu gods through to traditional folktales and legends, Indian stories have more than enough to keep you enthralled for hours at a time. 

Education in India

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in India? India is a great destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, lower fees and its world-renowned culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in India!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter India to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. 

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in India.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in India are fairly similar. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in India. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

India is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in India in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to Indian schools and the documentation you need to do it in this section.

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