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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.

From where can foreign students know more about the education options and quality level in India?

Foreign students can visit the following websites:

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. For more details visit

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

Whom should foreign students contact for further details on studying in India?

For enquires and admission, contact:

Head (Placement & Secondment),
Educational Consultants of India
Ed.CIL House, 18-A, Sector 16-A,Noida- 201301, INDIA
Direct: 91-120-2515281

EPABX: 91-120-2512001-06 
Fax: 91-120-2515372
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How do I choose a course?

Choosing a course is a matter of research and analysis. Many universities may offer a course in your chosen subject. You have to chart you geographical, climatic and locational preference, and analyze, apart from other things, the duration of the course, the fees, the living costs in that city, the faculty, the facilities, and the content of the course.

What is the duration of the course?

Courses vary in their time schedules. Diploma courses are shorter that degree programs. Masters, usually are about two years in duration. Doctorate programs require longer time inputs. Similarly short-term certificate courses can be from a few weeks to a couple of months. Please consult individual program brochures for more details on the duration of a specific course.

Is the course internationally recognized?

By and large Indian Higher education is recognized internationally. However this may vary from country to country and from subject to subject. Many countries have mandatory regulations within their education system, which need to be complied with, and therefore, a thorough check must be made before you opt for a particular course.

What is the approximate cost of study and cost of stay in India?

The tuition fee depends upon the duration and type of course. Please refer to specific program brochures of the universities to get an idea of the exact cost. The cost of food and accommodation varies marginally from city to city and again the university, which you intend to select for your study, is in the best position to offer you correct advice on this matter.

Will I be allowed to travel to other parts of the country?

There are no restrictions on students traveling around the country. Provided the course offers you the spare time, you can visit places of your choice and enjoy the experience of different people, cultures and lands.

Are there any students from my country studying in India?

At any given time, thousands of students from all over the world are studying in India. It is quite possible that there are students from your country as well. However, since India is very big geographically and universities are spread far and wide, you may not find someone from your country in your chosen university or chosen city.

I do not understand good English. How do I overcome this problem?

English is widely spoken in India. More people speak English here than the USA and the UK put together. You should be able to become more fluent in the use of the language while living here. However, should you feel you want to improve faster, you can join any number of English speaking courses that are available.

Where do I stay and what kind of food can I expect to get?

Every university, which is part of the International students program, has prior arrangements to host you. This may either be in an existing hostel, or off campus in residential accommodation hired for this purpose. Whatever is the case, you will be explained about the facilities and the procedures involved in getting accommodation before leaving your country.

India offers a wide variety of Indian, western and oriental cuisine. Most international students find it easy to adjust to food conditions here, and enjoy the flavors, aromas and the tastes that India offers.

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