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 2014–15 QS World University Rankings, although three are in the top 300 (IIT Bombay, 222nd; IIT Delhi, 235rd; IIT Kanpur, 300th).

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 (GBP, March 2015):

  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £60 - £96 per month
  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £1.07
  • Meal at McDonalds: £2.15
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): £0.97
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): £1.50
  • Cappuccino: £0.79
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £0.24
  • Water (0.33 litre bottle): £0.14
  • Loaf of bread: £0.26
  • Cigarettes: £1.50
  • One-way ticket local transport: £0.16
  • Cinema ticket: £2.15 

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.

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