India is thousands of years old, with rich culture, religious diversity and hundreds of languages. India is fast becoming a choice study destination for international students. The country is also home to an ancient education system and one of the oldest universities in the world – The Nalanda University, which was founded in the 5th century and was revived in 2010.
If you are planning on going to study in the world’s second most populated country, there are things you may not know about the country. Before you decide on moving to India to study, here are 25 things you probably did not know about studying in India.
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India has four classes of
India has four major types of university:
central universities, state universities, private universities, and religious minorities’
institutions. Generally, the institutions run by the central government are the
best for international students. These institutions offer scholarships and have
a high quality of education.
University education is
regulated by the UGC
India has a centralized agency, the
University Grants Commission (UGC) that regulates university education.
Technical and professional education is controlled by the All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE). Medical education is regulated by the Medical
Council of India. Be sure to find out if your university of choice is
recognized by one of these agencies before you apply. It’s best to avoid
institutions without any affiliation with the central agencies. There may be a
risk that your degree will not be recognized by your home country when you
India has the highest number of
universities in the world
With an estimated 4,004 universities, India does not only have the highest number of universities in the world, but beats the next country on the list, USA with almost 700 universities.
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Indian universities rank well
There are six Indian universities in the
best 500 universities. 35 Indian universities are in the global best 1000. The
best university in India tie between the Indian institute of Science and The
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar according to Times Higher Education.
Health insurance is recommended
Student health insurance is mandatory in
most international universities in India. However there are few universities
that do not require it.
Working while studying is
Indian law prohibits international students
from working while studying in the country. International students can however,
take up internships related to their field of study.
You should learn the basics in
Hindi to get around easily
Despite being a former colony of Britain,
majority of Indians do not speak or understand English. You may want to learn
the basics in Hindi to get around outside campus.
Indian universities require
TOEFL or IELTS
To study in India as an international student you need to provide proof of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL or IELTS will cover this.
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Indian Universities have a high
Universities like the University of
Hyderabad, Jamia Millia Islamia University and Indian Institute of Technology,
Kharagpur have some of the highest acceptance rates at 97% each for qualified
Tuition fees are cheap but vary
The tuition fees for universities in India
are cheap. They however, vary depending on the university. For instance tuition
fees in government funded schools like Jadavpur University which is the 12th
best in India cost around $300-$500 per year. A degree at SRM University in
Tamil Nadu will cost you around $6200.
Cost of living is cheap in
With a yearly budget of around $3200 you
should be able to foot your accommodation, food and utility bills in India
University campuses are often
Most of the good universities have a
vibrant campus culture and amenities such as cafeterias, hostels, mini-markets
and even basic health facilities. Some even have international hostels, which
are very useful in confirming the presence of other international students.
Scholarships are available to
There are number of scholarships available
to international students, most funded by the Indian government. Some of the
scholarships include; General Cultural Scholarship scheme (GCSS) which is open
to international students from Asia, Africa and Latin America, Commonwealth
Fellowship plan, ICCR scholarship scheme amongst others. Visit www.afterschoolafrica.com to
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Medicine and Computer science
is the Holy Grail for international students
The bulk of international students coming to study in India opt for medical related courses and computer science. This should come as no surprise given India’s reputation in leading research in Medicine and pharmaceutics.
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There are 48,000 international
students in India.
There are over 48,000 international
students studying in India in 2019. There are however over 300,000 Indian
students studying abroad.
You can remain in India after
graduation to work
Unlike the restrictions to work during
study in India, international students can work in India after the completion
of their programs. This is on the condition that they are offered employment.
Employment visas are usually granted for a year and can be extended. However,
there are two major limitations to the employment visa; first, the foreign
national has to be employed at a skilled position i.e., as a senior executive
or at a managerial position. Second, the visa holder should be earning at least
USD $25,000 annually.
India is the second most
populated country in the world and the seventh largest.
With a population of 1.3 billion people,
India is the second most populated country in world after China and the seventh
largest country in the world.
India has a hot tropical
Most of India is hot and rainy for most of
the year. Northern states of
Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have a cooler, more continental
influenced climate. The monsoon season which brings torrential rains and
flashfloods begins in June and lasts till September.
19. Campus accommodation is best for
Generally, the international hostels, if
available, are the best places for international students. They offer not only
complete safety inside the campus bus also a wide network of friends and a good
atmosphere for learning. Shared residential apartments, close to the campus are
also popular with international students.
Indians love spicy food
Indians love their food spiced up! Ginger,
cinnamon, cumin, coriander, turmeric; you will love it!
Bollywood is the world’s
largest film producer
With an annual production of almost 2000
movies, India has the world’s largest film producing industry and the second
India is also the world’s
With a population of 1.3 billion people, India’s
parliamentary democracy is the largest democracy in the world.
India offers you an enriching
India is a very diverse country, with more
than 1.2 billion people. Different regions have their own distinct cultures.
Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of
Indian culture. Take your time and enjoy the rich and ancient cultures that
abound in India.
Cows are sacred in most parts
You’ve heard the idiom, “Sacred cow” right?
Well it has its origin from the Hindu religion in India. In Hinduism, cows
are thought to be sacred, or deeply respected. They are held in high esteem and
Hindus worship cows. Cows are seen as a ‘caregiver’ or maternal figure. One
Hindu goddess, Bhoomi, is usually shown in the form of a cow. She represents
the Earth. Hindus who eat meat will avoid eating beef.
25. India has some breathe-taking landscapes
India is a land of landscapes for travel. There are stunning lakes and endless rolling plain. The snow-capped Himalayas in the north is also a sight to behold. It’s also home to wild festivals, romantic mausoleums and some of the most hectic cities in the world.
There you have it, the 25 things you did not know about studying in India. Which one of the points struck you the most? Tell us about it in the comments section.
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