Study In India - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities


This is a comprehensive guide on studying in India as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in India as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as

 

How to study in India

Why study in India

Cost of studying in India

Universities in India for international students

Cost of living in India for international students

How to get a visa to study in India

How to apply and study in India

Tuition fees to study in India

Applying to study in India

 

To apply for either an undergraduate or postgraduate program in India, you could apply directly to your chosen university via the official website, well in advance of the start date for your course.

Alternatively, undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, architecture or planning students can apply to selected National Institutes of Technology and other centrally funded universities using the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme, a centralized admissions service for foreign students to apply to more than one Indian university at the same time.

 

Under this scheme, only students who will be 25 or under at the start of their course are eligible to apply for undergraduate admission; there is no age limit for postgraduate studies.

 

For undergraduate studies, you’ll need to pay an application fee (currently US$4,300) which goes towards your university’s non-refundable registration fee ($300) and the tuition fees of the first semester ($4,000). For postgraduate studies, the DASA’s application fee is currently US$2,300, of which $300 is for your registration fee and US$2,000 is for tuition fees for the first semester.

Foreign nationals from other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries such as Pakistan or Sri Lanka are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver in the DASA scheme, provided they’ve passed the admission test in their home country – meaning they will also pay half of the application fee.

 

How to apply to universities in India

 

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

 

Tuition fees and cost of studying in India for international students

 

The cost of studying in India actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in India have different tuition fees

Indian universities have different tuition fees for international students and the tuition fees in each university depends on the course of study. Courses such as medicine and pharmacy are more expensive than other smaller courses.

The tuition fees in India is about US$3,000-6,000 per year for international students. Public universities in India are more expensive than the private universities so international students tend to be more interested in enrolling into the public universities.

The cost of living in India is very cheap and this makes it an advantage for international students. With as little as US$10 you can get a three-course meal in India,and it will be of more advantage to prepare meals by yourself instead of buying from restaurants.

Accommodation in India is also very cheap. As an international student you will be have two options,either to stay in the university hostel accommodation or get a rented apartment outside the campus. The two options are fairly cheap,it all depends on the budget of the student. One-bedroom rented apartments usually cost about US$200 a month. The cost of hostel accommodation depends on the university,so contact the university you want to enroll in to ask about the cost of accommodation.

There are scholarships and other financial aid options for international students who want to study in India. Scholarships in Indian universities are mainly based on merit,so a student has to be very outstanding in order to stand a chance of getting a scholarship in India.

International students can also work part time while studying in India. To be able to work as a foreign student,you need to apply for a work permit so that you would be legally permitted.

Overall, India is a very good study destination for international students.

 

Cost of living in india according to expatistan

 

India

Housing            [Edit]



            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

₨62,238

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

₨38,235

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

₨7,210

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

₨45,908

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

₨24,237

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

₨4,175

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

₨1,038

            40” flat screen TV

₨35,336

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

₨10,078

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

₨373

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

₨210

Clothes [Edit]



            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

₨2,491

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

₨3,089

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

₨3,860

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

₨3,312

Transportation  [Edit]



            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

₨880,099

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

₨74

            Monthly ticket public transport

₨798

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

₨173

Personal Care   [Edit]



            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

₨83

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

₨181

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

₨536

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

₨337

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

₨208

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

₨206

            4 rolls of toilet paper

₨123

            Tube of toothpaste

₨62

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

₨305

Entertainment    [Edit]



            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

₨1,393

            2 tickets to the movies

₨509

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

₨981

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

₨2,248

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

₨719

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

₨228

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

₨280

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

₨40,713

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

₨4.87

            1 month of gym membership in business district

₨2,402

            1 package of Marlboro cigarettes

₨225

 

How to get visa to study in India

 

Who requires a visa?

All foreigners except for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan need a visa to enter India

What documents will be required for student Visa:

a. Passport valid for a minimum of 190 days with at least two blank pages.

b. Correct visa fee.

c. Two recent identical passport-size photographs.

d. Filled application form (all columns in the form are mandatory and must be filled).

e. Letter of admission from a recognised Indian educational institution with duration of the course.

f. Bona fide letter from the school/college.

g. Receipt of fee paid to the school/college.

h. Document showing financial support for the tuition fee and stay in India.

 

Other information:

Photographs - Please provide two recent photographs (not more than 6 months old) of your self. The photographs should be in color and:

Taken against a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and in contrast against the background;

Clear and of good quality;

Printed on normal photographic paper;

Un mounted - 45 mm x 35 mm in size;

Should show full face (without sunglasses and normally without a hat or cap);

The face should be in the center of the frame

 

How long is the visa valid for?

Tourist: 6 months to over 1 year from date of issue; Business: up to 2 years; Transit: normally 15 days, valid for 3 months from date of issue; Long-term: up to 5 years, although individual visits are not expected to exceed 6 months

 

Time required to issue visa:

Processing times vary from application to application at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its Consulates, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed, but normally it takes 10 working days. Hence, confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa.

What is the cost of a visa?

The following prices are for UK nationals only; prices for other nationals vary.

Student Visa:

Up to five years £55

Transit Visa:

Maximum 15 days stay with 3 months validity £8

Personal cheques will not be accepted. Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

 

Courses to study in Indian universities

 

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Agriculture

Anatomy

Physiology

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Design

Oral science

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Building

Business management

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science

Counselling

Creative writing

Criminology

Dentistry

Cinematics

Economics

Education

Electrical engineering

Fashion

Film making

Food science

Geography

General engineering

German

History

Law

Linguistics

Marketing

Material technology

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Medical technology

Medicine

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Optometry

Pharmacy

Philosophy

Psychology

Robotics

Sociology

Theology

Veterinary medicine

 

Items to pack while going to study in India

 

In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card

Deodorant

E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes

Gum

Hand sanitizer

Headphones

Health insurance card

Passport

Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

Wallet

Toiletries

Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer

Makeup

Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

 

Supplies

Bobby pins

Comb

Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties

Hairbrush

Headbands

Nail clipper

Razor(s)

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Tampons and pads

Tweezers

Laundry

You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)

Clothing

Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)

Electronics

Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive

iPod

Laptop

Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable

Medical

Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine

Vitamins

Miscellaneous

Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

Journal

Language dictionary

Map

Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)

 

Benefits of studying abroad in India or any other study abroad destination

 

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.


8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.

 

Hope this post was helpful

 

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