Studying in India

Universities in India

Why study in India?

As one of the world’s fastest growing economies India may be a suitable destination for overseas study.

  • As one of the economic group of BRIC nations (along with Brazil, Russia and China), education is a high priority for India and all university degrees are taught in English.

Entry and visa regulations

  • India is well known for its qualifications in engineering and IT, largely because of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Seven were originally recognised by the 1961 Institutes of Technology Act, and a further nine were designation in 2011.
  • IITs offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees and are very competitive to get into. Individual institutions may also have additional admission requirements.
  • Despite their global reputation, none makes it into the Top 100 of the 2013–14 QS World University Rankings, although three are in the top 300 (IIT Delhi, 222nd; IIT Bombay, 233rd; IIT Kanput, 295th).

A visa is needed to study in India.

  • To be eligible for a student visa, applicants must first be accepted on to a programme of study.
  • The visa covers the duration of your course, or five years of study abroad, whichever is less.
  • The Indian Embassy in London has further information on the student visa forms you will need to complete.

India is a country undergoing significant development and that includes the establishment of educational institutions.

  • Therefore, it is important when you are researching universities and technical colleges in India that you make sure the ones you are considering studying at are indeed recognised by the government as an Institution of Higher Education.

Funding your study

To study at an Indian Institute of Technology you will need to pay international student fees.

  • These will be higher than domestic fees and will cost anywhere up to £6,000 per year.

India is a part of the Commonwealth and as such, scholarships may available for UK students wishing to study abroad in India through the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

  • You may also be eligible for scholarships issued by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), which seeks to encourage international students to experience international study in India.

Is there part-time work?

  • Students are not permitted to work while studying in India.
  • Living expenses are low.
  • To ensure you have enough money to cover any expenses you may incur while studying abroad, it is recommended you budget around £3,500 per year.

Here are some approximate prices of how much things will cost (all prices in GBP, May 2012):

  • Weekly food shop from a market: £15.
  • Three course meal for two at a restaurant: £7.
  • Pair of sports shoes: £25.
  • Movie ticket: £2.50.
  • Loaf of bread from a market: 30p.

Health and safety

Both health and travel insurance are essential, as are vaccinations for conditions such as hepatitis A, malaria and typhoid.

  • Make sure you get these from your doctor at least six weeks before you leave to ensure you are protected.

Helpful links

International Rankings

University Rankings

University QS
QS World University Rankings 2013—14

Global university rankings compiled annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS ranks institutions by the following key indicators; academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review, international orientation.

More on making sense of international rankings here.

THE
THE World University Rankings 2013—14

Global university rankings compiled annually by the Times Higher Education. THE ranks institutions by performance in the following categories; Industry Income, Teaching, Research and Citations.

More on making sense of international rankings here.

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) 222 -
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) 295 351-400
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) 346 351-400
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) 313 -
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee - 351-400
Panjab University - 226-250

Business School Rankings

Business School Financial Times
Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2013

Global MBA rankings compiled annually by the Financial Times. MBA programmes are ranked by a number of key indicators including salary increase, value for money, career progression. Note this ranking only applies to each business school’s full-time MBA programme.

The Economist
The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2013

Global MBA rankings compiled annually by The Economist. MBA programmes are ranked by the following categories; career opportunities, personal development, salary increase and potential to network. Note this ranking only applies to each business school’s full-time MBA programme.

Forbes International
Forbes Best International Business Schools 2013

Ranking of business schools outside of the US compiled by Forbes magazine. MBA programmes are ranked solely by return on investment. Note this ranking only applies to each business school’s full-time MBA programme.

Accreditation
AACBS
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

More about the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation here.

AMBA
Association of MBA

More about the Association of MBA (AMBA) accreditation here.

EQUIS
European Quality Improvement System

More about the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation here.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 26 39 - Y
Indian School of Business 34 - - Y
 
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