Plan Your Budget

India is one of the most affordable countries to study in, making it an economically viable country for international students.

Our partner institutes offer competitive degrees across a spectrum of disciplines. Ensure that you connect with your preferred institutes to understand the tuition fee, boarding costs, canteen costs and other charges.

Most of our partner institutes offer on-campus or off-campus boarding to international students. However, some universities may not offer campus accommodation in their facilities. In such cases, institutes guide students to book private, secure and affordable accommodations.

With more than 50% of India’s population consuming the public transport network on a daily basis, students can comfortably travel around the city. There is a miscellany of Indian food to explore and experiment with, which is not only oh-so-delicious but also very affordable.

The Study in India program has designed a framework to award scholarships and tuition fee waivers for meritorious students applying to the program. The Study in India team has collaborated with the Indian government’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of External Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to draw out this scheme.

The program offers scholarships for meritorious students called the Study in India Scholarships on an annual basis, while some of its partner institutes also provide tuition fee waivers.

The Study in India Scholarship scheme awards meritorious students USD3500 annually, which may cover costs such as admission fees, tuition fees, accommodation (room and boarding), and food. A set of scholarships are offered based on a merit-list, which is evaluated and verified by the Study in India team during the document verification process. The team also reviews and awards scholarships to exemplary students from select countries, who appear for the online-proctored, 90-minute Scholarship Examination conducted by the Study in India team and the National Testing Agency.

More than 30,000 tuition fee waivers are given to deserving students by our partner institutes in the ranges of 100%, 50%, and 25%. The number of fee waivers available, vary from institute to institute across the mentioned ranges. The costs covered under this scheme only waives off tuition fee for one academic year.

Know more about SII Scholarships, Scholarship Examination and Fee Waivers.

The cost of studying in India is extremely affordable as compared to various developing and developed countries. An international student should expect to pay around USD375 per month towards living expenses. While the annual tuition fees is an average USD5500, the annual living cost would be an ideal USD4600.

Accommodation 125
Personal Expenses 50
Laundry 115
Mobile Prepaid 10
Food & Housekeeping 100
Stationery 30
Public Transport 45

**Please note these are approximate values and subject to change.

Total cost: 375

It is strongly recommended that you open a bank account during your stay in India. India has a reputed banking sector with secure payment gateways. We recommend students consult with their allotted institutes to open a bank account locally.

To open a bank account, students would essentially need the following:

  1. Final admission letter or a certificate of enrolment
  2. Declaration letter from the institute
  3. A photocopy of the passport

The document requirements may vary across banks and therefore, is recommended that students take necessary guidance from their institutes.

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