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Study in India

India has traditionally been seen as a country that sends rather than receives international students, but a growing number of students from elsewhere are now choosing to study in India. Indeed, the 2012 Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education found that India had become the 11th most popular country for US students abroad.

With the world’s second largest population (after China), and a fast-growing and ever-more influential economy, it’s unsurprising that India’s higher education system has undergone rapid expansion over the past few decades. India now has one of the largest higher education systems in the world (after China and the US) – and to an outsider, perhaps one of the most complex. There are thousands of colleges and universities in India to choose from, of many different types, sizes, specializations and origins, some state-run, others private.

Keen to study in India? Click on the tabs below for information about top universities in India, popular cities for students, and how to apply for a student visa.

Fast Facts

  • Second largest national population in the world (after China) at 1.27 billion (2015 estimate)
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Largest city by population: Mumbai (also called Bombay)
  • National official languages: Standard Hindi and English, but individual states have additional official languages.
  • Major religions include: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism.
  • Around 3% of GDP invested in higher education (1.2% from public sources, 1.8% private) – higher than the US
  • The third largest higher education system in the world (after the US and China)
  • Currency: rupee (1 rupee = 100 paise).
  • Popular sports include: cricket, field hockey, football (soccer), basketball and tennis.
  • India has its own space agency, and is planning its first manned space mission for 2016.
  • Climate varies significantly from northern to southern India, but is generally split into three seasons: hot, wet (monsoon) and cool.
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