How is college life in India

University and education systems abroad often show serious differences to Germany. Find out more about the types of university, admission requirements and tuition fees.



India has approximately 35.7 million students and a large number of colleges (approximately 40,000). The universities are overcrowded, only in the humanities the places are not that scarce. You can find the ones offered under "".

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Study system

The academic year usually starts at the end of June / beginning of July and ends in May. It is divided into 2 semesters. The education system is strongly based on the British model. The university course is divided into:

Bachelor courses,

which are usually designed for a period of four years.

Master’s degree programs,

which build on the bachelor's degree and are completed within two years.

PhD programs,

which can take between three and four years.

However, the duration of the programs varies greatly depending on the discipline.

Information on questions about the recognition of academic achievements, degrees and academic degrees can be found in our tips in advance.

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In principle, Indian universities are also open to foreign applicants. The basic requirement for admission to a bachelor’s degree is proof of 12 years of school attendance. The German Abitur is recognized. Whether you are eligible for admission must be clarified with the respective university in each individual case.
The first step towards admission to an Indian university is to send an informal application together with all the documents that are important for enrollment, which must be translated into English and notarized. After an internal university examination of the documents, the aspirant receives the forms for admission to the course. Upon receipt of a positive decision, it must be sent to the, along with the other papers (although already submitted). The approval process takes about three months.

Since the competition for places in the bachelor’s program is very fierce, especially at the state technical institutions, foreigners have usually only been admitted from the master’s level, unless they have passed the Joint Entrance Test with a correspondingly high result.

tuition fee

Indian universities generally levy. The level of fees is not generally binding. It varies from university to university and from course to course (it costs around INR 3,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree at a non-professional college, and up to 240,000 for a master’s degree in software engineering at a private university INR). This means that the range is extremely wide, from US $ 50 to US $ 3,000 in static institutions and from US $ 1,000 to US $ 12,000 in private institutions per academic year.

For foreigners there are usually much higher fees. For a master’s degree at an IIT, for example, up to EUR 10,000 can be requested, for an MBA program at an Indian Institute of Management even up to EUR 40,000.

(1 Euro (EUR) = 80.2113 Indian Rupee (INR), as of February 2019)

Language requirements

The language of instruction at Indian universities is generally English. The language requirements must be so good before starting the course that a sufficient vocabulary of technical terms enables effortless participation in the courses.

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Information about the in can be found on the page of.

Visa, work permit, looking for accommodation, cost of living - all of this should be well researched before going abroad. The information compiled here will help you prepare.


Residence permit and work permit

A student visa is required to study in India. This should be applied for in good time (after receipt of the provisional approval) from. In addition to the visa, a valid passport, a certificate of an HIV test carried out in Germany and the confirmation of admission from the Indian university are required for entry. you can get on the pages of. There you should also inquire about the requirements for a work permit.

If you are staying longer than six months, you must report to one of the within 14 days of arriving in India. For more information, please contact.


Please also think of a foreign health insurance (see). One possible alternative is that. Also (vaccinations) must be taken.

Cost of living

Despite the fact that many things are cheaper compared to Europe, you have to reckon with EUR 350, - to EUR 400, - per month (in rural areas often about EUR 100, - is enough), especially since they are very high depend on the regional conditions.

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The cheapest are the student residences (hostels, halls of residence). It is advisable to contact the Foreign Student Advisory Bureau (comparable to the International Office) at an early stage. There is also the option of living with Indian families as a paying guest or renting an apartment or room on the private housing market.

The offer is very different depending on the city. It is more difficult to find acceptable housing at acceptable prices in large metropolitan areas than in smaller cities. It may be necessary to hire a broker for his
Service receives a commission. Price ranges for apartments range from EUR 300 to EUR 1000, depending on the city, location and comfort of the apartment.