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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 2015 Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education found that India is the 12th most popular country for US students abroad.

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 1.3 billion
  • Seventh largest country in the world
  • 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.
  • Around 10% of the population can speak English.
  • Major religions include: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism.
  • Around 3% of GDP invested in higher education
  • 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 2021.
  • Climate varies significantly from northern to southern India, but is generally split into three seasons: hot, wet (monsoon) and cool.
  • India has the largest population of vegetarians in the world.