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Graduate programs in India

If you want to be at the forefront of one of the world’s future superpowers, live in one of the globe’s most exciting countries and get a great education, then you should choose India for your postgraduate course.

Choosing a graduate program in India can be a complex and confusing task to the newcomer. India is home to more than 330 universities and 17,000 colleges all offering postgraduate courses of varying quality and qualifications.

All postgraduate courses in India are taught in English and the country enjoys a growing reputation for the quality of its business and science postgraduate degrees.

Population: 1,241,500,000

Education overview

The Indian postgraduate education system is complex, with universities free to sort out their own curriculum, subjects and assessments.

Universities in India are divided into four main types:
  • Central universities – Overseen by the national government
  • State universities – Curriculum set by local government
  • Deemed-to-be-universities – Unofficial universities normally set up by private individuals
  • Inter-university centres – Centres of education which share facilities between several universities
Graduate programs in India are extremely popular, with most undergraduate Indian students choosing to continue to Masters level at some point. As the quality and content of postgraduate courses in India varies considerably, you should carefully research any program before committing to it.

Masters programs in India generally last two years for taught courses, with research programs and PhDs taking up to three years to complete. 

Immigration and visas in India

Indian student visas are issued for the duration of your postgraduate course up to a maximum of five years. In order to qualify for a student visa, you will need to demonstrate the following:
  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
You can apply for a student visa either at your national Indian embassy or online. Student visas are multiple entry but do not allow you to work while in India. Students with spouses will be able to apply for a spousal visa for their partner to join them.

Life in India

India is a country of contrasts where you can expect to meet both the very rich and the very poor. For the normal student, it is possible to live very cheaply in India. Rent, tuition fees, food and transport is extremely cheap compared to most countries in the world, but standards of living can vary dramatically even within cities.

Life in India revolves around the family, and tradition and values are highly respected. Expect to show respect and deference to people in authority or elders. Religion plays a big part in the daily life of most Indians, with Hinduism being the major religion.

Working in India

India is one of the world’s few growing economies, with a competitive job market and attracts many high flying international graduates looking to develop their skills in a new country or take advantage of India’s rapid growth.

If you are planning on applying for work in India you will need to get an employment visa. The requirements for getting a work permit are loose, so check with your embassy or potential employer for details.

Growing industries in India include telecommunications, media, banking and energy, while traditionally strong employment areas include textiles, pharmaceuticals and transportation.

You can start your India job hunt through sites like Naukri Guru and Just Landed.

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation in India varies depending on where you choose to study your postgraduate course. There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence

  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals

Accommodation costs in India are generally much more expensive in major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Expect to pay around £200-£300 per month for a one bedroom flat in Mumbai.

Climate in India

As such a vast country, the climate in India varies depending on where you choose to live and study your postgraduate course. The country has deserts, mountains, tropical rainforests and a yearly monsoon.

You can expect the rainy season to last from June to September with the hottest summer months just before the monsoon – April to June. It is not uncommon for temperatures to top 35C during the summer. 

Transport

Transport in India can be chaotic and difficult to navigate. Public transport can mean anything from an auto rickshaw to a hulking bus, but costs are very low by western standards. One of the best ways of seeing India and travelling around cheaply is by train – India has one of the world’s most extensive rail systems and can be incredibly cheap.

  • One way bus ticket – 12Rs (£0.13)

  • Taxi – 16Rs (£0.20) per kilometre

  • Train from Mumbai to Delhi – 1470Rs (£21)

Currency

The currency of India is the Rupee.

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