India, with its ancient culture of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, has been attracting foreign students in the past as well as the present. However, the government is now taking steps to transform India into a hub of higher education for international students. In recent years, India has invested substantially and taken initiatives to strengthen international student enrollment and improve the quality of Indian higher education institutions. These include the Study in India campaign, which seeks to increase the Country’s current number of inbound students by many folds.

Let us have a look at some of the factors as to why India is the preferred location for higher studies:

High Ranked Universities: India is home to high ranking universities, not only in India but also in the world, for example, IIT’s, IIM’s, Sharda University. This high ranking is due to several reasons, which include a high quality of education, world-renowned faculty, ease of doing research projects, education beyond the walls of a classroom, excellent placements and more.


Ease of getting visa: It is a well-known fact that getting a student visa in India for academic purposes is more straightforward than in the USA, UK and European countries. Also, the culture of India and its neighbouring countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan) is not that different, which makes it one of the most preferred locations for academics and higher education.

Affordable cost of living: The cost of living in India is significantly less compared to US, UK and European counterparts. Also, the USD, EUR and other currencies have an excellent value in Indian Rupees due to the foreign exchange rates, and so the students can get a good value for their money and spend it wisely on the career of their choice in India. 

Career progress and placements: Indian universities offer good choices in specialization and electives so that the students can pursue academics and shape their career in the field of their choosing. Also, the highly ranked universities like Sharda University have a dedicated placement cell which informs students of various on and off-campus placement activities and the MNC’s visit them regularly for hiring purposes. Sharda University has a 91% placement record for its B. Tech students, and till date, 150+ MNC’s and 350+ recruiters have visited the Sharda campus for placement activities.

Training and research: Indian universities offer plenty of opportunities for training and research in almost every field possible. Research done by students in universities is sponsored by government or by the private sector. Academics have gone digital in most universities nowadays, paving the way for better learning and understanding. 

Corporate experience: In Indian universities, industrial visits and corporate internship are necessary and is a part of the curriculum, so that the students can work in an organization and get practical hands-on experience of the various industry practices and processes. Many of these corporates also offer a job to the students after passing out, if their performance is excellent.

Developing Country and ease of doing business in a growing economy: India is a part of the BRICS group, and it is still considered a developing economy. That, in turn, means that there is a lot of scope of expansion of the economy and the Central and State Governments are taking initiatives to provide ease of doing business and help and promote start-ups in India as per current policy. 

Sharda University offers upto 40 lac in scholarship for supporting entrepreneurs through various programmes like Next StartUp, Syncubator, and Xcelerator. Future entrepreneurs or students interested to know more about entrepreneurship can contact Sharda Launchpad and can submit their application online in 2 simple steps.

Rich history and affordable travel opportunities: India has a rich cultural heritage and offers innumerable travel opportunities. Let us not forget that people from all over the world come to see the Wonder of the world which is Taj Mahal. In addition to pursuing academics, students can also take some time out to visit and explore the rich cultural heritage of India and be the best version of themselves.

Alumni across the world: The Indian education system has produced many great scholars and leaders in the past, and the present is no exception. The heads of some of the largest IT giants and conglomerates have their roots in the Indian education system only. Some of the examples include: Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai – CEO of Google, Rajeev Suri – CEO of Nokia, Indira Nooyi – CEO of Pepsi Co are few of them.

Despite the extensive information available online, students will need counselling and a trusted source of information, to make informed choices. The students must intelligently do their research and take admission in a university in India after considering many factors like quality of education, location, infrastructure, faculty, specializations and electives, abroad student exchange program, global tie-ups, placements, and more.

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