In more recent years, Nigerian international students have been looking towards alternative foreign destinations with high education standards, serene environments and cheap tuition fees. An example of these alternative destinations is Norway, Finland and India. According to the 2015 Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education, India is the 12th most popular country for US international students overseas. Indian universities tuition fees vary, you could study a degree course for as low as $3,000 – 6,000/year. Living expenses in India are relatively low with accommodation (on-campus or off), meals and transportation costing about $210.40. Total student spending will total about $1,800/year (Topuniversities.com).
The country is booming with a virtually large population, a fast-growing influential economy (BRICS), and a world standard higher education system over the past few decades. There are a vast number of colleges, institutions and universities in India to choose from disciplines in medicine, science, technology, engineering and business. There are also numerous public and private institutions to choose from as well.
In order to attend an Indian university, college or institution as a Nigerian international student, you can apply to your desired institution via its official website during the admission application openings or by using the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) website. This is a centralized university admissions service for international students to aid in applying to more than one Indian university at the same time. Note that students must be 25 or under at the start of their course to be eligible to apply for undergraduate admission, but there are no age limits for postgraduate studies. Other admission eligibility requirements include the following:
- Completed admission application forms
- Entrance examination payments using SWIFT transfer, credit/atm cards, e-payment
- Upload your application forms, additional documents and certificates to the DASA website
- Send your entrance examination test scores directly from College Board USA to DASA i.e. SAT, GMAT, GRE
- Previous school certificates, grade sheets (transcripts), etc.
- Passport photographs (3.5cm x 3.5cm), birth certificates, international passport, etc.
- For undergraduate studies, the application fee (currently $4,300) which goes towards your university’s non-refundable registration fee ($300) and the tuition fees of the first semester ($4,000)
- For postgraduate studies, the DASA’s application fee is currently $2,300, of which $300 is for your registration fee and US$2,000 is for tuition fees for the first semester
Here are 10 of the best universities and institutes in India…
This is a public university for scientific research and higher education located in Bangalore, India. The Indian Institute of Science offers a great academic and research network in the fields of technology and engineering in its 40 departments. Faculties include Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Electrical Sciences, Mechanical Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and various Interdisciplinary Researches.
This is a public engineering and research institution located in Powai, Mumbai. IIT Bombay has a total of 17 academic departments, 13 multi-disciplinary centres, and 3 schools of excellence. These academic departments cover computer science, several branches of engineering, materials sciences, and art and design. These educational programmes are also inclusive of physical sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences such as Economics, English, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology and management studies. IIT Bombay also has a very comprehensive graduate program offering doctoral degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
This is a public research university located in Delhi, India. IIT Delhi offers a range of Bachelor in Technology in nine different areas that include, Biochemical Engineering and biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mathematics and Computing, Mechanical Engineering, Production and Industrial Engineering, Textile Technology.
This public engineering and research institute is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The institute of Technology has about 550 faculty, 8,000 students and 1,250 administrative and supporting staff. The institute offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across 16 specializations in Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Management. Departments include Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, etc.
This is a public research college located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The university has six departments and over 32 departments. Faculties include Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Management, Design, Inter Disciplinary.
This is a public engineering institution located in Bengali. The institution has 19 academic departments, eight multi-disciplinary schools, 13 schools of excellence and more than 25 central research and development units.
This is a public university located in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. It has 21 academic departments, 1 academic centre, 3 centres of excellence, 5 academic service centres and 3 supporting units with emphasis on Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management courses.
This is a public central collegiate university, located in New Delhi. The university offers subjects in 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and 5 other recognized institutes. Departments include Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Sociology, Business Economics, History, Law, Business Management and Industrial Administration, etc.
This is a public state university located in Kolkata, West Bengal. The university has 8 faculties, 65 departments and 18 research centres. The departments include Agriculture, Arts, Commerce, Social Welfare, Business Management, Education, Journalism and Library Science, Engineering & Technology, Fine Arts, Music, Law, etc.
This public university is located in Maharashtra, Mumbai. It offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in disciplines such as science, commerce, arts, engineering, management, law, sports, social science etc.