Frequantly asked questions

Admission Process

  1. What are the eligibility criteria for admission to universities in India?

The eligibility criteria vary by university and program, but generally, you need to have completed the equivalent of 12 years of schooling with good academic records. Some programs may require entrance exam scores.

2. What are the application deadlines for various programs?

Application deadlines are usually between October to March for admission in the following academic year starting in July/August. However, it’s best to check specific program deadlines.

3. How can I apply to Indian universities as an international student?

Most universities accept online applications. You’ll need to submit academic transcripts, English proficiency scores, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, etc.

4. Do I need to take any entrance exams or language proficiency tests?

Many universities require scores from entrance exams like GRE, GMAT, JEE, etc. English language tests like TOEFL, IELTS are mandatory unless you are from an English-speaking country.

5. How do I get my transcripts and academic documents evaluated?

 You may need to get your transcripts and academic documents evaluated by approved agencies like WES, ECE, etc. Universities provide specific guidelines for this.

6. Can I apply to multiple universities or programs in India?

Yes, you can apply to multiple universities and programs in India. However, you will need to submit separate applications and pay individual application fees.

7. What is the process for getting admission into graduate programs in India?

For graduate programs, in addition to meeting academic requirements, you may need to submit GRE/GMAT scores, a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and attend interviews.

8. Are there any preparatory courses available for international students before starting their degree programs?

Some universities offer foundation courses or pathway programs to help international students prepare for their degree programs, especially in areas like language, academic skills, and subject knowledge.

Visa and Immigration

  1. What type of student visa do I need to study in India?

You need to apply for a Student Visa (Sub-Category: Student) from the Indian embassy/consulate in your country.

  1. How do I apply for a student visa, and what documents are required?

You need to submit documents like admission letter, proof of financial support, passport, and application fee. Requirements may vary by embassy.

  1. Are there any restrictions on working while studying in India on a student visa?

Yes, student visas allow only part-time on-campus work for around 20 hours per week during the academic session.

  1. How can I extend my student visa or apply for a residence permit?

You need to apply for an extension at least 2 months before your visa expires. Residence permits can be applied for after enrolling in certain long-term courses.

  1. Can my spouse and children accompany me on a student visa?

Your spouse and children can apply for an X-Visa or dependent visa to accompany you, subject to meeting specific requirements and providing necessary documents.

14. What is the process for converting a student visa to an employment visa after completing my studies?

After completing your studies, you can apply for an Employment Visa through a prospective employer who will initiate the process. You may need to provide documents like degree certificates, experience letters, etc.

Finances and Cost of Living

  1. What are the typical tuition fees for international students in India?

Tuition fees vary widely from around $2,000 to $12,000 per year at public universities and $6,000 to $20,000 at private universities.

  1. Are there any scholarships or financial aid options available?

Yes, the Indian government offers scholarships like ICCR, AYUSH, and Commonwealth scholarships. Universities also offer merit-based aid.

  1. How much does accommodation and living cost in major student cities in India?

Living costs are relatively affordable, around $200-$600 per month covering food, accommodation, transport, and other expenses.

  1. What are the on-campus and off-campus housing options for international students?

Most universities offer on-campus hostels and dorms. Off-campus options include private hostels, apartments, and shared houses near campuses.

  1. Are international students allowed to open bank accounts in India?

 Yes, international students can open bank accounts in India by providing their valid passport, student visa, and admission letter from the university.

  1. How can I transfer funds from my home country to India for educational expenses?

You can transfer funds through authorized banking channels like wire transfers, drafts, or online remittances. You may need to provide proof of source of funds.

Academic Life

  1. What is the education system like in India, and how does it differ from my home country?

India follows a semester system with a grading scale similar to US/Canada. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials, and lab-based learning.

  1. Are degree programs offered in English at Indian universities?

Most programs in engineering, science, management, and liberal arts are offered in English across major universities in India.

  1. What is the grading system used in Indian universities?

The common grading system used is Percentage/GPA scale with 4 being the highest GPA. Grading may differ slightly between institutes.

  1. Are there opportunities for internships, research projects, or international exchange programs?

Yes, internships and research projects are an integral part of many programs. Universities have international student exchange partnerships globally.

  1. How can I get academic transcripts and degree certificates after completing my studies?

You can apply for official transcripts and degree certificates from your university’s academic office by submitting the required documents and fees.

Culture and Life in India

  1. What are the major cultural differences I should be aware of as an international student in India?

India is a diverse nation, be respectful of local customs, dress modestly, use formal greetings, and adjust to different norms in a new environment.

  1. How can I stay connected with my home country while studying in India?

Most major cities have accessible internet, international call services, and connect groups for expatriates to stay in touch back home.

  1. What are the popular festivals and events celebrated in India?

 Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, etc. are widely celebrated across India along with myriad regional festivals and events.

  1. What are some must-visit destinations within India for international students?

Some popular destinations include the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, Himalayan regions, Delhi, Mumbai, and many UNESCO world heritage sites.

  1. Are there any cultural clubs or associations for international students on campus?

Most universities have international student associations, cultural clubs, and organizations that help students connect, socialize, and celebrate diversity.

Health and Safety

  1. Do I need any specific vaccinations or medical requirements to study in India?

No specific vaccinations are required by law, but WHO-recommended vaccines for illnesses like Hepatitis A/B are advisable.

  1. What healthcare facilities are available for international students?

Universities have on-campus clinics, and major hospitals/doctors are available in all cities for international students.

  1. How safe is it to live and travel within India as an international student?

India is generally safe, but use caution, especially when traveling alone late at night and avoid unattended spaces and goods.

  1. What are the emergency contact numbers and resources for international students in India?

Emergency services can be reached at 100 (police), 101 (fire), 102/108 (ambulance). Campus security numbers are also provided to students.

  1. Are there any specific health insurance requirements for international students in India?

While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that international students purchase a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers them during their stay in India.

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