• Country name : Republic of India or Bharat Ganarajya( in Hindi)
  • States: 29 States and 7 Union Territories
  • Form of Government: Democracy
  • Capital : New Delhi
  • Largest City : Mumbai
  • Population : 1342 million
  • Language : 22 Official languages; Hindi is the most commonly spoken language
  • Currency : Indian Rupee (INR)
  • Religion : Hindu, Muslim
  • Land Area: 3.287 million square km
  • Popular sports : Cricket, Football, Tennis, Chess, Field hockey
  • Country code : +91
  • National day : 26 January Independence day

Study Reason

India's diversity and history offer a wide array of options for any student. India's educational system is as vast and diverse as the country itself. While living in India can be challenging for some international students, it is much affordable and rewarding experience compare to any western countries.

What makes the Indian education really stand out? Why should you come to the India as a destination to further your international education?   

India is the home of the world's largest university by enrollment, Indira Gandhi National Open University, with 3.5 million students. India's higher education system has 575 university-level institutions, including:

  • 42 central universities, which are controlled by National Department of Higher Education.
  • 243 state universities, which are run by state governments
  • 130 deemed universities, which are autonomously run
  • 53 private universities
  • 33 institutes of national importance, which are deemed to be of special importance and typically focus on science and technology

Additionally, over 30,000 colleges operate throughout India, offering more specialized instruction, often in technical fields like engineering. With all these options, international students in India can find a program to suit them no matter what their interests.

Other Major reasons you should consider studying in India are:

  • Enrolment in India’s top ranking universities
  • Low cost of living
  • Developing country, vastly Growing Economy and complex history
  • Affordable travel opportunity
  • Scholarships
  • Diverse culture
  • Work and global network opportunity

Education System

Education in India in offered by both public and private sectors with control and funding central, state and local government. Under various articles of the Indian Constitution, free and compulsory education is provided as a fundamental right to children between the ages of 6 and 14. India's higher education system, a significant number of seats is reserved under affirmative action policies for the historically underprivileged Castes and listed Tribes and Other Backward Classes. In universities, colleges, and similar institutions affiliated to the federal government, there are maximum 50% of reservations applicable to these disadvantaged groups, at the state level it can vary such as Maharashtra state had 73% reservation in 2014, which is the highest percentage of reservations in India.



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Courses and University

India has traditionally been seen as a country that sends rather than receives international students, but a large number of students from elsewhere are now choosing to study in India, with the country welcoming more than 30,000 international students every year.


You can choose pretty much all type of courses from your interest field from popular universities such as:


  • Management MBA / BBA
  • Engineering B.Tech and B.Arch, M.Tech,
  • Computer Science
  • Designing – Fashion, Interior , Web
  • Mass Communication
  • Journalism
  • Hospitality – Hotel Management
  • Medical Science , Nursing
  • Finance
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Arts Psychology and Sociology
  • Law
  • Education Teahing – B.Ed / M.Ed
  • Pharmacy
  • Tourism Management
  • Fine Arts


Top Ranking Universities in India


  • Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Mumbai
  • University of Hyderbad
  • All India Institure of Medical Science – New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur

Eligibility Test

The official languages of India are Hindi and English, but many others are spoken throughout the country. The native tongue is usually dependent on the region. However, all university courses are taught in English; if this isn't your native language, you may be required to sit a proficiency test (IELTS – www.ielts.org) according to the requirement from your chosen university

Cost Of Living

Among the top countries that attract international students, India is the certainly the least expensive country to study for foreign students. In fact, the cost of living and studying in India is very less as compared to other developed nations. For example Cost of living in India is nearly 70% lower than in United States, further Rent in India is 80% lower than in United States. Tuition fees range from 400 USD in government aided institutes offering basic under graduate courses going up to 3000 USD in certain private universities for specific courses.

Accommodation cost range from an annual fee of 700 USD to 2000 USD. There are multiple over head costs such as travel, leisure, food and more to be kept into consideration. Moreover a cumulative analysis of average expenditure of studying and living in India ranges between a bare minimal of 2500 USD to over 6000 USD.

Application And Visa Process

Students can directly apply to their chosen university via the official Education Institute website. Alternately, undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, architecture students can apply to selected National Institutes of Technology and other centrally funded University using “Direct Admission of Student Abroad (DASA) Scheme (https://www.dasanit.org/). DASA is a centralized admission service for International students to apply to more than one Indian university at the same time.


Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), you can study, work or conduct research in India without a student visa. Residents of Nepal and Bhutan can also study in India without a visa however all other country requires proper Student visa to study in Indian Colleges and institution of higher education. Student visas for India are issued either for the duration of your course of study or for a maximum period of five years. Visas issued for less than five years can be extended with permission from the local FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office). You may also alter your course of study and/or the educational institution if circumstances are deemed sufficient. You should apply for your student visa through your nearest Indian embassy or online.


This part of the guide will focus on giving you a general guideline for getting a visa for study in India.

  • Receive Letter of Acceptance from recognized Institute
  • Proof of Sufficient funds
  • Submit visa application in person or online to nearest Indian Embassy
  • Government rules state that all international students entering India on student visas must undergo a medical examination and obtain a medical fitness certificate. Students might also need to be tested for HIV, and admission will not be granted if results are positive. If you’re residing in India on a student visa, you will not be allowed to work during your studies. If you want to find work in India after graduating, you’ll need to apply for an employment visa. 

More information on how you can apply Visa to India can be found in VFS. Global website - http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/australia/visa_services/

Career Prospects

Lot of foreign students who come to study in India also explores work opportunities in the country. While the Indian government does not allow international students to work during study in India however:

    • Overseas citizens of India (OCI) and person of Indian origin (PIO) are allowed to study and work
    • International students are allowed to take Internships and training but it has to be part of the programs they are pursuing
    • There are no hourly limit on jobs for OCI and PIO students
    • Internship and trainings taken up by foreign students have to be relevant to the program they are studying and mostly they are unpaid
    • India does not have any provisions for work permit for international students studying in the country but if they want to explore work opportunity after completion of their degree can be given work permits by Immigration department.

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