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Universities in India and study in India - International Student Country Guide

Find universities in India and study in India, our guide for international students to study abroad. India is one of the world’s great countries, a developing superpower armed with a billion workers and a unique culture that attracts visitors from all across the world.Study a degree in India

Studying a degree in India will be daunting, but it gives you an opportunity to live and study in one of the world’s most exciting countries, with a reputation for innovation and a developing expertise in education.

With thousands of institutions to choose from, you're sure to find the right university for you in India.

How can you study a degree in India?

India’s university system is complex and can be difficult to understand, but essentially there are four main types of university in India:

  • Central universities – Overseen by the national government
  • State universities – Curriculum set by local government
  • Deemed-to-be-universities – Unofficial universities normally set up by private individuals
  • Inter-university centres – Centres of education which share facilities between several universities
Each university is free to set its own curriculum, the subjects and undergraduate degrees their students study, and how they are assessed.

It takes between three to four years to complete and undergraduate degree in India, with subjects such as arts, commerce and science taking three years and topics like technology, engineering and pharmacy taking four years. Subjects such as law and medicine may take longer.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate tuition fee costs in India can be very cheap, with some courses as low as £300 a year. However, international students will pay higher tuition fees to study a degree in India, which can be as much as £6,000 a year. 

Immigration and visas

Indian student visas are issued for the duration of your undergraduate course up to a maximum of five years. In order to qualify for a student visa, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
You can apply for a student visa either at your national Indian embassy or online. Student visas are multiple entry but do not allow you to work while in India. Students with spouses will be able to apply for a spousal visa for their partner to join them.

Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation costs in India depend on where you want to live and the type of housing you want. Housing costs in cities like Delhi and Mumbai can be as high as most major cities in the world. There are two main types of accommodation available to undergraduates while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
Expect to pay around £200-£300 per month for a one bedroom flat in Mumbai.

Living costs/rent: The cost of living in India is very low compared to most other countries. Transport, food and entertainment are all very cheap. For example, a three course meal can cost as little as £7 while a rickshaw ride home can be as little as 30p.

For Parents

How safe is India?

Indian is a relatively safe country for its size and population, with violent crime against foreign students low. Petty crime and theft can be an issue, as can harassment from beggars and street children.

Female students should be aware that India is a naturally conservative country and you may be harassed if you wear revealing clothes or you should avoid walking alone at night. If you are harassed, you should tell the man in no uncertain terms that their behaviour is unwelcome – it’s not disrespectful for woman to tell a man she doesn’t want to talk.

Despite this, India in general is a friendly and welcoming place for students, with relatively low crime.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

  • Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
  • Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
  • Not making valuables obvious
  • Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
  • Being wary of strangers
  • Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in India:

  • Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
  • Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

What to do next

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