Studying in India throws you into a vibrant and busy culture. India is the 2nd most populous country on Earth and has a fast growing economy. It is a cheap study destination where you learn more than just academics.
Most international students in India are there to gain a degree taught in English without spending too much. English is the language of education in India and degrees are cheap—because of low tuition fees and living costs.
But there are thousands of international students who choose India for other reasons. These include learning about India’s rich history, culture and spiritual practices. Here are the top 3 reasons for studying in India.
1. Learning in English
University courses in India are typically taught in English. While India has many different languages, English is the standard at university level. International students almost all learn in English. Regional languages are mainly used for non-technical courses run for local students.
Students from non-English speaking countries often choose India to improve their communication skills. English is the language of business and a valuable second-language in general. Indian universities and colleges exclusively use English for professional courses, along with science and technical subjects.
The easy availability of courses taught in English also puts India on the radar for people from countries such as the USA and the UK. India offers the chance to experience a different culture without having to worry about communication barriers or learning another language.
University students often do short courses (for which they may not receives credits) to get a taste of Indian culture without being away from home for long.
2. Saving Money
India is a very cheap place for studying abroad, though programs for international students may include extra services and charges.
Accommodation and services in India are generally cheap due to low average wages. You pay a fraction of the price you would in advanced economies for things such as eating out, public transport and cleaning services.
For international students, fees such as tuition, room, and board are generally set by your study abroad program. Universities typically have a large residential population and provide hostel-type rooms and meals.
Accommodation is normally shared. The standard arrangement is 2 people per room and common bathrooms on each floor.
3. Learning About Humanity
While Indian universities are strong in information technology fields, many international students go to India to learn about culture.
You can study India’s rich history and its multi-lingual and spiritual society in classes. But the great thing about India is that you can learn a lot about people by experiencing Indian life.
There is much to see and do. You can go to Hindu temples. You can see a Sanskrit play or attend a a concert featuring Indian musical instruments. Another option is to see a popular Bollywood film featuring song, dance, and music.
Note that, for female students in particular, it is important to take care and be aware of dress standards when venturing into unfamiliar places.