The Indian Education system is the world’s third largest Higher Education System with more than 800 universities, 39,000 colleges and a capacity of enrolling more than a whopping 20 million students. Higher Education Institutions in India offer courses/degrees that are competitive in the world market in terms of quality but are delivered at one fourth the cost, hence guaranteeing value-for-money education.

The Indian Education system is vast in size, as well as its academic offerings. A vibrant and diverse education system means a wide variety of courses are available — from the modern and cutting edge to the traditional.

Indian education ranges from exposure to the latest advancements of science and technology like Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing to Yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit and classical dances.

This vastness of the Indian education system directly translates to enhanced opportunities for its students and global learning for an all-round academic and personal development.

A burgeoning IT and Services sector has led to a robust placement oriented education as about 200 of the Fortune 500 companies hire regularly from Indian campuses.


India has been and continues to be home to innovation, creativity and leadership. The strength of India’s education system may be gauged from the fact that the world’s leading companies are being helmed by products of Indian education system such as Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft an alumni of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google Inc studied at Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, Ajaypal Singh Banga President and the CEO, MasterCard has a degree from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia has studied in Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Indira Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta.

Some of the leading world leaders and diplomats have also graduated from Indian colleges and universities such as Aung San Suu Kyi incumbent State Counsellor of Burma, graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University; Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan studied at Himachal Pradesh University; Bingu Wa Mutharika, former President of Malawi earned his degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University; Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Sitiveni Rabuka, former PM of Fiji studied at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; Baburam Bhattarai – Former PM of Nepal studied at School of Planning and Architecture and Jawaharlal Nehru University; Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, King of Bhutan, Lieutenant General Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, former Head of the State of Ghana and General Hussain Muhammad Ershad, former President of Bangladesh all have graduated from National Defence College, Manouchehr Mottaki former Iranian Foreign Minister studied at Bangalore University; John Samuel Malecela, former PM of Tanzania graduated from Bombay University.

Indian campuses have also produced distinguished noble laureates such as poet, novelist, musician, and painter Rabindranath Tagore, Physicist CV Raman, Economist Amartya Sen, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

Indian campuses have also produced distinguished noble laureates such as poet, novelist, musician, and painter Rabindranath Tagore, Physicist CV Raman, Economist Amartya Sen, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

India has also produced world-class sportsmen and women from cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to badminton players Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, tennis champions Sania Mirza and Leander Paes and chess genius Vishwanathan Anand among others.

India offers various kinds of visas, depending on the purpose of visit. Student visa is a visa specifically for the students to desire to come to India for education purpose. Student Visas are issued for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less, on the basis of letters of admission from Universities/recognised colleges or educational institutions in India. The children of NRIs and PIOs cardholders need not procure a student visa. Other international students need student visa or research visa for Doctoral level courses.

Students need to procure confirmed letters of admission from universities or recognised colleges and institutions. Student visas can be obtained from any of the Indian Missions.

To apply/ be eligible for a student visa, you need to conform to the following conditions.

If you are on Government of India scholarship, the respective Indian Missions would be advised byIndian Council for Cultural Relations(External website that opens in a new window)(ICCR) to issue a regular student visa after your admission in an Indian university is confirmed. However, if you are coming as a self-financing student, you need to produce letters of admission from universities or recognised colleges and institutions in India for obtaining the regular student visa.

If you are coming as a research student, synopsis of the research project countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India along with letter of approval are no objection certificate from the concerned Ministries in India should be submitted for necessary visa.

Note: Processing of applications for research may take about three months.

There is nothing to worry if your admission is still not confirmed. Students who do not having firm letters of admission from universities or institutions are issued Provisional Student Visa by the Indian Missions abroad, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions. However Provisional Student Visa is valid for 3 months. Within these 3 months, your admission needs to be confirmed otherwise you will have to leave India.

Note: No extension of Provisional Student Visa is permitted.

The visa can be applied for from any of the Indian Embassies / High Commission. View the list of Indian Embassies / High Commission. You can also view the sample visa form.

Tution fee:

Tuition fee in India ranges from $1,000 to $6,000 depending on difference institutions

Living Expenses:

Among the top 30 countries for internationally inbound students according to a UNESCO report, India is one of the most economical viable country for foreign students. The cost of living here is very less as compared to other countries.

In India, many reputed universities offer accommodation to their students within campus. However, some universities do not have this facility. In this case a student has the option to rent a room in a private hostel, rent a room on his own (with or without food facility), or get a serviced apartment on rent. There are various benefits that a student gets in each type of accommodation that he/she chooses. A student can experience a comfortable stay for a month within $160. So annually $1850 would make the student’s living comfortable, happy, and safe.

Average other Living Expenses (in USD):

  • Eating out – $24 to $70 per week
  • Utility bills – $4 to $10 per week
  • Public transport – $4 to $10 per week
  • Sports and leisure – $7 to $15 per week

As you can see the cost of studying in India is extremely affordable as compared to various developing countries and extremely low when compared to other developed nations such as the US and UK. Moreover, the quality of education has undergone significant transformation and development over the last decade.

Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study at an officially recognized educational institution. This includes the study of Yoga, Vedic culture, and Indian system of dance and music.

The main document required is student admission/registration papers from the institution.


Indian Missions/Posts grant a student visa for a period of five years or for the duration of the course of study, whichever is less, to the below:

  • To foreigner students coming to India to pursue regular and full time academic studies in India.
  • For foreigner students coming for Industrial training, summer project and internship.
  • Provisional student visa valid for six months for the students exploring admission or taking admission tests.
  • Applicant should possess the proof of admission to a full time regular academic course in a reputed/recognized educational institution in India and evidence of financial support.
  • The applicant should also possess a “No Objection Certificate” from the Ministry of Health in case of admission in medical or Para-medical course.
  • Spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant must apply for an Entry Visa (Not Tourist Visa. Its termination date will coincide with the period of the principal Visa holder.


Student visas are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India.

Entry Points:

Passengers having valid Student visa can enter India from any desired port of immigration check post (Airport, Seaport).

Fee For Student Visa:

Visa fees for student visa is different for all the countries. It ranges from $13 to $118.


The visitors are required to fill online visa Application by visiting website and visit their nearest embassy with printout of the online filled application and required travel documents.

Required Documents:

  • Passport with 6 month validity
  • Passport size photographs
  • Photo copy of passport
  • Proof of residential address
  • Copy of online filled form
  • University admission letter
  • University details

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