By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to allow us to collect information on and off Studee through cookies. Studee cookies policy

Study in India

Everything you need to know about studying in India as an international student.

Speak to a personal advisor (free service)

Why study in India?

India is one of the world’s most vibrant and intoxicating countries, and with a booming economy and ever-improving higher education system, it’s also a great destination for studying abroad.

With around 800 universities and thousands of colleges, there are plenty of great options if you dream of studying in India.

Search for a university
Illustration of India

What are the best programs in India?

With such an extensive higher education system, there’s a wide choice of programs you can study in India. Bachelor’s degrees in India usually take three years to complete, and master’s can last between 1-3 years.

Science and technology subjects are particularly popular in India, and there are a large number of technology institutions in the country.

India also offers schools and universities that specialize in other areas, including business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

How Studee can help you

  1. Universities & programs

    Find the right program for you and your career aspirations

  2. Application assistance

    Be guided through your application process

  3. Visa & embassy guidance

    Maximise your chances of being granted a visa

  4. Enrollment & travel advice

    Get support all the way to your first day at university

Speak to a personal advisor (free service)
Illustration of cost to study

What is the cost of studying in India?

The cost of studying in India can vary depending on the degree you want to study, and the university you choose. However, on the whole tuition costs in India are much lower than many other countries, with costs around $5,000 or less per year quite common.

Living costs in India are low, and it is considered one of the cheapest countries in the world. However, costs can vary wildly depending on where in the country you choose to study. For example, Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities in Asia, especially for housing.

Key facts

  • Indian rupee ₹ Currency
  • Around 35 million Student population
  • Hindi Language
  • 800 Universities

Where can you study in India?

Where you choose to study in India will have a huge influence on your student experience. The big cities like Delhi and Mumbai are home to many of India’s universities, including the most prestigious and highly ranked.

They also offer a fast paced and hectic way of life, but can be much more expensive than other areas. If you’d rather a more relaxed experience, there are opportunities to study away from the major cities in more rural areas.

Universities in India

What are the requirements to study in India?

Qualifications

All programs and universities in India have different entry requirements you’ll need to meet in order to be accepted. As a minimum, you’ll need to have successfully completed secondary education in your home country to study as an undergraduate, or hold a degree to study at postgraduate level. Make sure you check with the Admissions Department of your chosen university to find out exactly what the entrance requirements are for the program you’re applying for.

English language tests

To study on an English-led program in India, you’ll need to prove your English proficiency as part of your application. Most universities accept results from a language test like TOEFL or IELTS. What score you’ll need will depend on the university and program, so check first to find out which test they accept and what score you’ll need.
Illustration for admission requirements
Illustration for applying For a visa

India student visa

Before you can travel to study in India, you’ll need a valid student visa. You should contact your local Indian embassy or consulate in your home country to start your application once you’re university application has been accepted.

You will need to submit several documents to the embassy for them to process your visa application, including an application form, copies of your passport and a letter of acceptance from your university.

How to study in India

  1. Find the university you want to study at in India, and choose a program
  2. Complete the application form with your personal information and academic background
  3. Gather required documents including English proficiency test results, academic transcripts and proof of finances
  4. Send the completed application form and copies of requested documents via email
  5. Send a hard copy of the application form and required documents in a sealed envelope to the university
  6. Accept your offer when received and pay any fees necessary to secure your place
  7. Apply for an India student visa by contacting your local Indian embassy or consulate