Higher education in India

Information is exploratory. For accurate information, refer to the official website of the school.
2191Indian Institute of ScienceBengaluru
3252Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiDelhi745 USD3,000 USD
3363Indian Institute of Technology, BombayMumbai1,000 USD1,000 USD
3704Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasChennai1,220 USD949 USD
3805Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurKanpur1,220 USD474 USD
3886Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurKharagpur881 USD542 USD
4637Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeeRoorkee542 USD686 USD
5198Indian Institute of Technology, GuwahatiGuwahati678 USD949 USD
5469University of DelhiDelhi6,400 USD7,000 USD
67310University of CalcuttaKolkata7,456 USD9,489 USD

Advantages of study in India

Study abroad is deemed as prestigious and beneficial now as well as it was many years ago. Diplomas awarded abroad, particularly, in India are highly demanded and recognized as the appropriate level education guarantee. Highly qualified specialists with Indian credentials are highly demanded. Most students at Indian universities are young people who arrive for their education from European countries. It is also beneficial to get tertiary education in India in terms of finance since the cost of living in here is far less than in European countries.

The accommodation cost in India is well cheaper as compared with that in other European or Asian countries, indeed. Furthermore, international students are offered dormitory accommodations, which make it possible to cut costs of study for several thousand dollars. Whereas the student prefers separate apartment, he or she may look for a flat or other ways of accommodation.
Apparent are the strong points of study in India. Inasmuch as this is the country to be one of British colonies in the past, the government adheres to best British traditions in terms of education. The academic process itself is arranged in English language to be the benefit to other Asian countries.

Nonetheless, application of native languages of Indian regions is seen in most universities to get Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. All the same, whereas the student is targeted to PhD-level education, the English language proficiency will be preferable at any university.
A three-tier system of education is employed in India: that is Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Academic curriculums are arranged competently not to yield to tertiary education institutions in Europe.

In line with a wide range of qualifications offered, Pharmacology, Gold-work as well as Business Management are arranged at the highest extent of quality. Technology science and Engineering are ranked second in popularity. A good deal of large companies are based in India and large-scale projects are under implementation as part of Information technology achievements and thus, engineers, programmers and IT-specialists are highly demanded as never. Engineering specialists acquire profound and high quality education and this is why most graduates majoring in engineering are invited by largest US companies to work.

English language proficiency courses

Apart from tertiary education to get in India, the country allows options to hone the language skills during studies and at individual courses. Not only students may improve their skills considering India as the study destination point.
In most Indian towns the prep courses in English language proficiency are arranged applicable to teaching approach and cost of study. The education level in such schooling is quite high since the language is worked on with the help of foreigners with the perfect command of colloquial and business English.

Requirements to be enrolled to Indian universities

English language proficiency is the major requirement to be enrolled to Indian universities since it is the study target language. Also, education fee feasibility should be proved; it may be presented as the bank statement with the required amount to stay and study in India. Additional exams and testing may be required varying from university to university.

An applicant might be admitted to study at the university after the secondary school or after high education qualification and work experience in particular sphere. International students may study in Indian universities on the base of student exchange programmes or during study internships.
As a rule, no prep courses are required to have a tertiary qualification in India except for English language though this causes no difficulty since various centers offer their help in choosing the best and competent one among them.

Students with only secondary school education may get enrolled to higher education institutions in India, either. To do so, a complete secondary education diploma (GCE 'A' degree) is required that is equivalent to 12-year secondary school education in India.
There is no need to pass GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other tests. Tertiary education institutions in India are not so demanding to high scores though they require English language proficiency certificate as a must.

Indian high education system is of three-tier system as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree / Undergraduate
  • Master’s degree / Post-graduate
  • Doctor’s degree / Pre-doctoral
The study period and qualification are responsible for getting a degree. As a rule, a 3-year study is required to get Bachelor’s degree. However, Bachelor-level programme in Agriculture, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary require 4 years of study. When it comes to Medicine and Architecture the duration of study extends from 5 to 5.5 years.
Bachelor-level programme students should be at the age of 17, at least, to apply. They have to submit a notarized Transcript of progress in English language stating the information on disciplines and academic scores at school along with the certificate of 12-year secondary education.

At admission, Master-level programme students should submit certificate on completed secondary education and a notarized copy of Bachelor’s diploma.
A two-year study is required for Post-graduate level students.
The curriculum may be offered in two options as follow:
  1. A student attend classes upon completion of which he/she is awarded the Master’s degree, or
  2. A student prepares research project.
A notarized copy of Master’s diploma, a letter of reference at the last employment site and documents to certify equivalence of qualification are required to apply for Doctoral studies.

The student may apply for Doctor’s degree upon his/her M.Phil and study for 3 more years, either for 3 years with the Master’s level education. An independent research work is requested for Doctor’s degree.


Indian lectors are known for their amiability: they inspire students and render a valuable assistance in creating their professional career. Supervision is mostly responsible for the success of most Indian students. Professors in India are not confined themselves to only lecturing; beside, they help their students create correlation against the target area of expertise (subject to additional hours after classes). Due to such team approach students find it more attracting to study, they feel encouraged to elaborate a point and come with creative solutions.

Grants and scholarships in India

The applicants for free study grants to study at Indian universities should be first clear with the kind of university of application and wait for those to apply to. Requirements to grants are usually simple: high education diploma and English language proficiency. Free education is also probable as part of ITEC programme (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme). This programme is aimed at graduates with high education credentials who aspire to promote schooling and acquire special skills. Indian education is also offered through student exchange programmes.

How to get Student Visa to India

A student visa is required to allow the student stay in the country throughout the study period.
Find below a package of documents required to get a visa:
  • a copy of the first page of internal passport and a copy with the residence registration;
  • 3,5x4,5-sized photographs;
  • Bank statement. The amount of at least1,000 USD should be available at the account in case of study duration of less than a year and 2,000 USD – if longer;
  • A letter of acceptance;
  • A copy of tuition fee payment receipt;
A student visa is issued from 5 to 10 working days, on average.
Students are not though eligible to work during their study.
Most large European companies tend to invite students with Indian credentials for employment especially when it comes to specialists in the area of Computer Sciences and Software Engineering. However, not all diplomas issued by tertiary education institutions in India are highly demanded and thus, the applicant should thoroughly consider universities and check the diploma qualification level issued by particular institutions.

India - General information
RegionSouthern and Central Asia
CapitalNew Delhi
LanguageHindi, English
CurrencyIndian Rupee
Foreigner students0.2%
Statistics - Education
Popularity rating in the world29
Ranking of universities in the world32
Academic Reputation 13
Employer Reputation 13
Quality of teaching 38
Citations per Faculty 13
Statistics - Universities
Universities in top 500 7
Universities in top 1000 15
Universities in top 5000 173
Cost of living in India
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 68 111
Food 82 127
Transportation 7 21
Communications and utilities 30 30
Clothing 12 48
Sports and leisure 11 39
Accommodation in India USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre68
Shared room in city centre112
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre86
1 bedroom apartment in city centre139
Location on map