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

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


How to study in Pakistan

Why study in Pakistan

Cost of studying in Pakistan

Universities in Pakistan for international students

Cost of living in Pakistan for international students

How to get a visa to study in Pakistan

How to apply and study in Pakistan

Tuition fees to study in Pakistan

Applying to study in Pakistan

There are currently two broad categories under which international students can apply to study in Pakistan:

       The self-finance scheme – for entry on to medicine (MBBS), dentistry (BDS), pharmacy (Pharm-D) and BSc engineering courses.

       The general scheme – for all other subjects.

For the self-finance scheme, you must submit your application form to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Self-finance scheme students will also need to take a HIV test before they can commence studies. For the general scheme, apply directly to the university where you wish to study, supplying required documents such as an academic transcript and proof of proficiency in English with a valid IELTS or TOEFL test result (unless you’re a native speaker). You may need to pay a small application fee.


Applying to universities in Pakistan


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 Pakistan for international students



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

Tuition fees in Pakistan are very reasonable in comparison to many better-known study destinations, such as the US and UK. They vary between universities, locations and subjects, but as an example, the National University of Sciences and Technology charges US$3,500 per year for undergraduate degrees and US$1,140 per year for master’s degrees. As well as tuition fees, you’ll probably need to pay a semester fee, security deposit and admission processing fee.

Those looking to study in Pakistan will be pleased to hear that living costs are also on the low side – and around 66% lower than those in the UK (according to Numbeo). Rent in a students’ residence is around US$200 a month, and you should only need about US$200 for food, entertainment and travel costs each month, meaning you can live comfortably in Pakistan for less than US$5,000 a year. 

Scholarships are rarely available for students from developed countries; financial assistance is usually aimed at helping domestic students from poorer backgrounds and those from developing parts of the world.

Cost of living in Pakistan according to expatistan



Housing            [Edit]

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


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


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


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


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


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


            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)


            40” flat screen TV


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


            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)


            Hourly rate for cleaning help


Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)


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


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


            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes


Transportation  [Edit]

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


            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas


            Monthly ticket public transport


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


Personal Care   [Edit]

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


            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)


            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)


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


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


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


            4 rolls of toilet paper


            Tube of toothpaste


            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city


Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub


            2 tickets to the movies


            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)


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


            1 cocktail drink in downtown club


            Cappuccino in expat area of the city


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


            iPad Air 2, 64GB


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



Visa to study in Pakistan


To study in Pakistan as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Pakistan visa.


What documents will be required?

Passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay required by all.

Application requirements:

(a) Original valid passport, plus one photocopy.

(b) One application form.

(c) Two passport-size photos(Not older than six months).

(d) Confirmed return/onward ticket.

(e) Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay.

(f) Fee payable by cash or postal order only.

(g) For business trips, a letter of invitation from a company in Pakistan.

Time required to issue a visa:

Depends on nationality (in UK, visas are normally granted within 24-48 hours). Enquire at the nearest Consulate or Embassy. Pilgrim visas require 2 months processing time.

What is the cost of a visa?

Price of visa varies according to nationality. For UK nationals, prices are: Single-entry (£55*); Double-entry (£78*); Multiple-entry (£242*). For Australian nationals: Single-entry AUD70; Multiple Entry AUD140, These prices are identical to those issued for the Visa for Media Professionals, which must be routed through the Information Division of the Pakistan Consulate. For Pakistanis holding dual nationality, prices are: Adult: (£29*) Child (up to 18 years old): £15*; valid for stays of up to 1 year. Applicants with parents holding Pakistani passports get the same concession, provided they produce the original detailed birth certificate and their parents’ Pakistani passports. Pilgrim (Single-entry): £45. This is issued to those wishing to visit holy places (Shrines/Gurdawaras) in Pakistan and is allowed for groups of pilgrims, normally restricted to a specified period. Business: £82* (Single-entry); £116* (Double-entry); £242* (Multiple-entry). Certain nationals are issued visas free of charge, but they must be obtained prior to travel. For further information, consult the Consulate or Embassy.

*Includes £ 2 bank charges.

How long is the visa valid for?

6 months from the date of issue for stays of up to 3 months. A multiple-entry visa allows six journeys in a total period not exceeding 1 year, with a maximum 3-month stay at any one time.


List and ranking of all universities in Pakistan


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Pakistan. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Pakistan and their ranking




Rank    University         Location

1          University of the Punjab

Lahore ...

2          Lahore University of Management Sciences


3          National University of Sciences and Technology

Islamabad ...

4          Aga Khan University

Karachi ...

5          COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

Islamabad ...

6          National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

Islamabad ...

7          Quaid-i-Azam University


8          University of Management and Technology


9          University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Lahore ...

10        International Islamic University, Islamabad


11        Bahria University

Islamabad ...

12        Institute of Business Administration


13        Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology


14        Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology

Karachi ...

15        Bahauddin Zakariya University

Multan ...

16        NED University of Engineering and Technology


17        The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur ...

18        Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

Jamshoro ...

19        University of Central Punjab

Lahore ...

20        University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Faisalabad ...

21        Government College University, Faisalabad


22        University of Peshawar

Peshawar ...

23        University of Sindh

Jamshoroo ...

24        University of Karachi


25        Riphah International University

Islamabad ...

26        Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


27        University of Health Sciences, Lahore


28        University of Gujrat

Gujrat ...

29        Government College University, Lahore


30        Isra University

Hyderabad ...

31        The University of Lahore

Lahore ...

32        Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology


33        Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University


34        University of Sargodha


35        Balochistan University of Information Technnology, Engineering and Management Sciences


36        Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University

Peshawar ...

37        Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences


38        KASB Institute of Technology


39        National University of Modern Languages

Islamabad ...

40        DOW University of Health Sciences

Saddar Town ...

41        Khyber Medical University


42        Institute of Business Management


43        Iqra University

Karachi ...

44        Air University

Islamabad ...

45        Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences


46        University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Lahore ...

47        University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila

Taxila ...

48        Forman Christian College


49        Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology


50        University of South Asia


51        Institute of Space Technology


52        Hamdard University

Karachi ...

53        Mohammad Ali Jinnah University

Karachi ...

54        Institute of Management Sciences


55        Hajvery University

Lahore ...

56        Sukkur Institute of Business Administration


57        Information Technology University


58        Qurtaba University

Dera Ismail Khan ...

59        University of Education

Lahore ...

60        Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan

Mardan ...

61        University of Balochistan

Quetta ...

62        National Defence University

Islamabad ...

63        National Textile University


64        Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology

Nawabshah ...

65        Habib University


66        National College of Arts


67        The University of Faisalabad


68        Shah Abdul Latif University

Khairpur ...

69        Kohat University of Science and Technology


70        Karakurum International University


71        Lahore School of Economics


72        Sindh Agriculture University


73        Foundation University Islamabad

Islamabad ...

74        Fatima Jinnah Women University

Rawalpindi ...

75        Preston University

Kohat ...

76        Institute of Business and Technology

Karachi ...

77        DHA Suffa University


78        University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir


79        University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar

Peshawar ...

80        GIFT University


81        Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture


82        Indus University


83        Superior Group of Colleges

Lahore ...

84        Gomal University

Dera Ismail Khan

85        National College of Business Administration and Economics


86        Baqai Medical University


87        University of Malakand


88        Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology


89        Lahore College for Women University

Lahore ...

90        Beaconhouse National University


91        Textile Institute of Pakistan


92        King Edward Medical University


93        Imperial College of Business Studies


94        PIMSAT Institute of Higher Education

Karachi ...

95        Hazara University

Dhodial ...

96        Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology


97        CECOS University


98        University of Science and Technology, Bannu

Bannu ...

99        Kinnaird College for Women


100      Jinnah University for Women


101      University of Wah

Wah Cantt

102      Gandhara University


103      Dawood University of Engineering and Technology


104      Sindh Madresatul Islam University


105      Minhaj University


106      Ziauddin University


107      HITEC University


108      The Institute of Management Sciences


109      Islamia College Peshawar


110      Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University


111       Greenwich University


112      Newports Institute of Communications and Economics


113      City University of Science and Information Technology


114      Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education


115      Bacha Khan University


116      Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University

Nerian Sharif

117      Abasyn University


118      Mirpur University of Science and Technology


119      Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology Islamabad

Islamabad ...

120      Jinnah Sindh Medical University


121      Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences

Lasbela ...

122      Lahore Leads University


123      Northern University


124      Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University


125      Alhamd Islamic University

Quetta ...

126      Al-Khair University


127      Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University


128      Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University


129      Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design


130      Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women


131      University of Haripur


132      Iqra National University


133      Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari


134      University of Swat


135      Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Shaheed Benazirabad


136      Global Institute


137      Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University


138      Khawaja Freed University of Engineering and Information Technology

Rahim Yar Khan

139      Ali Institute of Education


140      University of Swabi


141      The University of Poonch


142      Karachi School for Business and Leadership


143      Institute of Southern Punjab


144      Government College Women University, Faisalabad


145      The Women University, Multan


146      Nazeer Hussain University


147      The Government Sadiq College Women University, Bahawalpur


148      Muslim Youth University


149      Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan


150      Government College for Women University, Sialkot


151      Ghazi University

Dera Ghazi Khan

152      Qarshi University


153      Lahore Garrison University


154      University of Turbat


155      Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences


156      University of Management Sciences and Information Technology, Kotli


157      Khushal Khan Khattak University


158      Women University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Bagh


159      University of Loralai


160      Nur International University


161      Shaheed Benazir Bhutto City University


162      FATA University

Darra Adam Khel

Un        Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law



Courses you can study at universities in Pakistan


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


List of items to pack while going to study in Pakistan


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


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           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)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           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)





           Bobby pins


           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



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



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)


           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)


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



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

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


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Pakistan or any 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.


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