Eligibility for Admissions of Foreign Students and NRIS in Indian Colleges & Universities
An international student must have completed 12 years of schooling. International students studying in schools in India, can submit their applications pending the declaration of their Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination results. The marks sheet of the examination should however, be sent within 10 days from the declaration of the result to the: Students Cell, Room No. 1009, Ministry of External Affairs. Akbar Bhavan. New Delhi.
» Direct admission of international students to Engineering, Medical (MBBS), Dental (BDS) or any other medical course offered by public institutions is not possible.
» For students from developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, where facilities for medical education are either inadequate or not available at all, a limited number of seats are reserved in the MBBS, BDS courses. The exact number and country-based allocation of these reserved seats vary annually. Students seeking admission against the reserved seats are required to submit their applications through the Indian missions abroad or through the diplomatic missions of the respective countries in India.
» International students can seek university admission to undergraduate courses in Engineering, Medicine (MBBS) and Dentistry (BDS) in private colleges. Number of NRI/PIO/Foreign quota is limited and rest of the seats is filled by various entrance exams only for Indian students. » Approximate fee for international students and NRIs seeking admission to MBBS programmes in private medical colleges in India varies from US$ 100,000 to US$ 200,000. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
» 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics & English is required for admissions in engineering colleges in India. Approximate fee for international students and NRIs seeking admission to B.Tech courses in private engineering colleges in India varies from US$ 10,000 to US$ 20,000 per annum.
• How many years does it take to study medicine in India?
The MBBS is an undergraduate degree programme in medical field. It takes the duration of 5.5 years for the completion of the degree which includes 4.5 years academic education + one, year mandatory internship. The UG degree programme leads to the two degrees as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Students that seek admission to the reserved seats are required to apply through the Indian missions abroad or through the diplomatic missions of the respective countries in India. The Indian Embassy or High Commission in a country will be able to provide more information on request. The requirement for an entrance is usually waived for such sponsored candidates.
It is important to note that foreign nationals wishing to take seats through NRI quota should still qualify through NEET (at least for all government colleges) and seats will be allotted on merit in that quota from all the NRI candidates eligible.
• How many foreign students study in India?
At present 45,000 international students, study in India which is just one percent of the world’s population of students who move overseas for higher education. India has around 40,000 colleges and 800 full-fledged universities, according to government statistics.
• How can I get admission in India?
In order to provide help to international students for admissions, many higher education institutes in India have set up offices in their institutions. The Indian government has also set up the Education Consultants of India to cater to the needs of the growing number of International Students.
Foreign citizens, PIO (Persons of Indian Origin), OCI (Overseas Citizens of India), NRI (Non -Resident Indian) students and NRI sponsored students can apply for admissions under the Foreign/ NRI category. These candidates are not required to take the entrance examinations conducted for resident Indian students.
Undergraduate admissions are based on merit and in accordance with the grades obtained in the qualifying examination (equivalent to the 10+2 examinations of India) Foreign Examination Equivalent to +2 is recognised by the Indian Association of Indian Universities. Foreign students who are seeking admission for PG programmes should have Under Graduate degree equivalent to Indian Graduate Degree.
• How can I get student visa for India?
Bona fide international students studying in India at recognised universities in India receive a multiple-entry visa for the period of study. Students admitted to study in an Indian institution need to provide a letter from their host institution to secure a student visa. The student visa is valid for the period of study as approved by the educational institute where admission has been granted. The visa duration starts on the day of issuance and not on the date of entry into India
Spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant must apply for Entry Visa and not tourist visa. The termination date for the Entry visa coincides with the period of the principal visa holder
Provisional visa can also be given for a period of three months if admissions are pending, admission test requirement or for provisional admission. If admission is not given within the stipulated period of three months, student will have to leave the country. Extension of provisional visa is not permitted.
It is important to note that Indian visas must be obtained prior to arrival in the country. Airlines will not let you check in without displaying one.
In addition to the fees discussed above, your passport must be valid for at least 6 more months and contain at least two blank pages, including a visa page. Additionally, you need to submit: two passport-size photographs completed visa application form letter from your host institution indicating that you have been admitted (or, in the case of the provisional visa, that you have applied) proof of financial support adequate to cover your tuition and stay in India.
Application Deadlines for International Students Admissions in India
The academic year in India starts in July/August. Interested students should therefore apply well in advance. For further details, please send your queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
» Delhi University - March 30
» Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) - March 21
» Admissions are open until June 30 in some private colleges and universities in India