Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why Study in India?
India has the second largest Higher Education System in the world offering the widest spectrum of courses. The quality of education offered by Indian Institutions is globally recognized. Cultural and Religious diversity on Indian campuses contributes towards the all round development. Besides a safe learning environment, the cost of education is very reasonable.
Tell me about Higher Education in India.
The Higher Education System of India comprises of more than 310 Universities and 15500 colleges of higher learning, which offers a wide variety of courses to suit the needs of international students. The academic programs are offered at Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral levels.
Are the Programs offered by Indian Institutions Recognized?
The Universities / Institutions offering professional and technical courses in India need recognition by the national level statutory bodies established for the maintenance of quality standards in higher education system. Indian Degrees are recognized worldwide. Over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies recruit from Indian campuses regularly.
What conditions do I have to meet if I want to study in India?
You must possess Senior Secondary / GCE `A’ level / any other examination equivalent to 12 years of schooling in India, with sufficient knowledge of English, for admission to undergraduate programmes. However for entry into Diploma programs, the qualification required is 10 years of schooling. Admission to postgraduate courses requires an undergraduate degree in appropriate discipline.
Do I need to give GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other test?
Indian Universities do not insist for the above scores. However, since the academic programmes are taught in English, proficiency in English is a must. You should have studied for qualifying examination in English or English should have been one of the subjects.
When does the Indian Academic Year Start?
The academic year in India usually starts in the month of July. However, some institutions have the academic year beginning in August/September. You should contact Ed.CIL for admission at least two months in advance of the commencement of the academic year.
I have no clue about India. How do I find the right institute?
Ministry of Human Resource Development [MHRD], Government of India has authorized `Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL)', for the placement of International Students in Indian institutions for Higher Education. Ed.CIL has tie-ups with large number of Universities/Institutions spread all across India, which offer wide spectrum of courses in various disciplines. You may approach Ed.CIL for further details on Study in India. Depending on your requirement for the course/place/paying capacity, etc. Ed.CIL will provide you with a variety of options with regard to institutions and fee structures to choose from.
Who will I turn to for advice when I am in India?
Most of the institutions have foreign student advisers, who will always be available for guidance. Ed.CIL will remain your local guardian throughout your stay in India, if you are placed through Ed.CIL.
What options of accommodation can I have during my Study?
Most institutions will provide hostel accommodation for the International students in the institute hostels. However, students who wish to stay outside can do so.
Is there any health care facility for overseas students?
Most of the Indian Institutions have their own health centres where the students are treated for minor ailments. However, for specialised/major treatments, the students have to contact hospitals outside the campus. If students require, the institute will help the students to get a medical insurance cover. It is always advisable to get a medical insurance cover.
What is the Cost of Study in India?
The Indian Universities offer education at a fraction of cost compared to other educational destinations. The average Institutional Costs Per Annum (tuition fees + accommodation charges) for under-graduate programmes are:
What is the Cost of Living in India?
Living expenses are minimal in India. You can live comfortably within US$ 100-150 a month to cover food and other expenses.
Will I be able to get a Grant/Scholarship?
Indian Universities/Institutions do not provide grants for study. However, some institutions do offer fee concessions for Nationals from SAARC countries. Government of India offers scholarships for students from some of the developing countries. For details, please contact the Indian Diplomatic Mission in your country.
What is the procedure involved in coming to India for higher education?
For coming to India for higher education, you would require a student Visa. You need to produce confirmed letter of admission from University/Institution in India at the Indian diplomatic mission in your country for obtaining the student visa.
Who should I contact for further details on Study in India?
For all enquiries related to admission, please write to Head (Placement & Secondment), Educational Consultant India Limited (Ed.CIL), email: placement[at]edcil[dot]co[dot]in . The complete address is given under Application Procedure Section.
Why should I go through Ed.CIL?
Having more than two decades experience in assisting International Students from most countries in Asia and Africa to study in reputed Indian Institutions, Ed.CIL has established its credibility to provide quality services as a “Single Window Agency" for admissions in Indian Institutions. Ed.CIL, being a Government of India Nodal Agency for placement of International students, undertakes completion of all formalities and statutory clearances for admission of International students and stays as a local guardian throughout their period of their stay in India.