Information for Sri Lankan Students

Information for Sri Lankan Students

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General FAQs

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Are the Programmes offered by Indian institutions recognized?

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It is mandatory for all universities/institutions offering professional and technical courses in India to be recognized by the national level statutory bodies established for the maintenance of norms and standards. Indian degrees are recognized worldwide.

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Are distance learning Programmes offered in India?

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Yes. India has about 11 universities exclusively offering distance education Programmes. Several regular universities also have separate distance education cells. Like, Delhi University has School of Open Learning that offers distance learning courses to students. The Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, is one of the largest open universities in the world, running distance learning Programmes and catering to over one million students worldwide.

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Do foreign students need to give GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other test?

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Indian universities do not insist on the above scores. However, since the academic programmes are taught in English medium, proficiency in English is a must. One should have studied Higher Secondary in English medium or English should have been one of his/her subjects.

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Are there healthcare facilities in India for overseas students?

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Most Indian institutions have their own campus clinics, where students are treated for ailments like fever, cough, cold, etc. If the students wish, the institutes can also help the students get medical insurances.

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What are the accommodation alternatives available for overseas students in India?

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All Indian institutions provide hostel accommodation for international students in the hostels located on campus, on first come first serve basis. If they wish, the students can also stay outside, in private accommodations and rented flats.

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From where can foreign students know more about the education options and quality level in India?

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Foreign students can visit the following websites:

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What is the cost of studying in India?

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Indian Universities offer education at more affordable cost than any other recognised university in the world. The average cost of studying in India is almost one-fourth to that charged in western universities.

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What is the cost of living in India?

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Living expenses (food and other) in India are about USD 100-150 a month.

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Do Indian universities offer scholarships to overseas students?

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The Government of India provides scholarships to overseas students. For more details visit www.educationsupport.nic.in

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Is registration with FRRO office mandatory?

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All PIO students staying in India longer than 6 months are required to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The following documents are required for registration :

  • Photocopy of the passport and initial visa
  • Four photographs of the applicant
  • Details of residents in India
  • Bona-fide certificate from the university/college/institution
  • Proof of Bank Account/sufficient funds for non-scholarship students

 

FAQs on Visa

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What is a student visa?

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India offers various kinds of visas, depending on the purpose of visit. Student visa is specifically for the students to wanting to come to India for education purpose. Student Visas are issued for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less, on the basis of letters of admission from Universities/recognised colleges or educational institutions in India. The children of NRIs and PIOs cardholders need not procure a student visa. Other international students need student visa or research visa for Doctoral level courses.

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What are the pre-requisites for procuring a student visa? From where can one avail student visa?

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Students need to procure confirmed letters of admission from universities or recognised colleges and institutions. Student visas can be obtained from any of the Indian Missions.

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What are the pre-requisites for procuring a student visa?

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To apply/ be eligible for a student visa, you need to conform to the following conditions.
If you are on Government of India scholarship, the respective Indian Missions would be advised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR- http://www.iccrindia.net/) to issue a regular student visa after your admission in an Indian university is confirmed. However, if you are coming as a self-financing student, you need to produce letters of admission from universities or recognised colleges and institutions in India for obtaining the regular student visa.
If you are coming as a research student, synopsis of the research project countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India along with letter of approval are no objection certificate from the concerned Ministries in India should be submitted for necessary visa.

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Can I get the visa even if I don't have a confirmed admission letter?

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There is nothing to worry if your admission is still not confirmed. Students who do not having firm letters of admission from universities or institutions are issued Provisional Student Visa by the Indian Missions abroad, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions. However Provisional Student Visa is valid for 3 months. Within these 3 months, your admission needs to be confirmed otherwise you will have to leave India.
Note: No extension of Provisional Student Visa is permitted.

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Can I change my University/ College after coming to India?

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You need to mention the name of the Institute while applying for the visa, which is then mentioned on the visa. A request for change of university or institution subsequently made cannot be considered. In this case you would be required to go back to your home country and apply for a new visa.

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Can I get my tourist visa converted to a student visa?

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"Change of purpose" of visit of international students to India is not allowed once they arrive in India. Therefore, if you come to India on tourist or any other type of visa, you cannot get this visa changed to student visa. According to government regulations, if an international student coming to India on a tourist or any other type of visa (except a student visa ), obtains admission into a university or any institution in India, the student will be required to return to his country and obtain a new visa (i.e. a student visa) from the Indian mission there.
To avoid this situation, all self- financing international students are advised to obtain regular or provisional student visa from Indian missions abroad by producing confirmed or provisional letters of admission from a university or an institution.

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Can I get a Student Visa directly from Indian Missions abroad?

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Yes, you can provided you have confirmed admission to a course in a reputed/recognised institute in India.

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Where can I apply for the visa?

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The visa can be applied for from the High Commission of India.

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Are there any rules and regulations that I need to conform to?

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Yes, while applying for the visa you need to keep in mind the following regulations: Passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India should accompany your visa application. Students holding other nationalities (other than the country where applying for visa), should submit proof of long-term (at least three years)/ permanent residence in the country (where applying). For citizen of other countries, a reference has to be made to their country of residence for which an additional fee is applicable and will involve extra processing time. Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of application during this time.

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How much is the student visa fees?

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The fee structure depends on the nationality of the passport holder and type/duration of visa applied.

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What are the formalities that foreign students should do on arrival?

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Foreign students holding Student Visa of more than 180 days are required to register himself/herself with the local Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO - http://frro.in/) within 14 days of arrival.

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Is any approval/NOC required from any other Ministry or Department for technical courses?

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So far as admission to diploma/degree/post-graduate degree in engineering and Technology, Architecture & Town Planning, Pharmacy, Applied Arts, MBA, MCA, Hotel Management & Catering Technology are concerned, there is no requirement of NOC from MHRD. However, with respect to courses in medical or para-military courses, NOC from M/o Health will be required.

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What a foreign student should do for extension of his/her Student Visa?

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He/she should approach the local FRRO/FRO with authentic certificate, proof of adequate financial standing etc.

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How many entries are allowed to foreign students?

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Normally one entry. However, on veritable reasons, a foreign student can apply for additional entries at Visa Facilitation Centre, Foreigners Division (http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?ID_PK=62), Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, 26, Mansingh Road, New Delhi - 110003.

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When a foreign student travels abroad on a return visa & he/she re-enters India after expiry of 90 days from the date of departure from India, will he/she be given entry?

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Return VISA given to students is valid for re-entry to India within a period of 90 days only. In such case a foreigner should obtain a fresh student visa from Indian Mission abroad to enter into India and then can take regular extension on the basis of fresh authentic certificate from college/university.

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Can a registered student, who has completed his graduation, get extension for Post Graduate courses by FRRO/FRO?

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Yes. A registered student, who has completed graduation, can apply for extension to carryout a post graduate course from concerned FRRO/FRO cum Superintendent of Police provided he produces an authentic certificate from his institution.

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If a foreign student who has come on a student visa joins a new course will fresh visa fee be charged from him?

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Yes, on permission of undertaking a new course, a fresh course fee is charged.

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Whether visa fee can be charged from foreign students every year?

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Visa fee is charged once at the time of issuance of Student visa for completion of the course or for 5 years whichever is less.
In case of 'Provisional Student VISA' when a student seeks regular admission in any college/university then one time course fee is charged which is valid for the duration of the course or for 5 years whichever is less. If the visa is issued for a period less than the duration of the course, then the visa would be extended by the concerned authorities without charging any additional fees

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Can foreign students with Indian Student Visa visit the restricted/prohibited areas?

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Yes, foreign students can visit the restricted and prohibited areas in India after getting a valid Resident Permit as visa alone is not sufficient to visit such places.

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Whether foreign students can carryout studies in M. Phil on student visa?

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Yes, for carrying out M. Phil, a Student VISA is required.

 

Before Departure from India

  • All persons, except nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.

  • Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India must surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check post of exit from India.

  • Obtain a No Objection Certificate from the University. The student has to clear all his dues such as hostel, mess charges, library dues etc. before this certificate is issued.

  • Submit an application on the appropriate form (i.e. mark sheet and proof of taking the examinations); it will be issued usually a week after the results are out

  • Submit a form in the university administration office for the original degree/diploma to be sent home- that can take up to two years.

  • Asking for a letter of recognition/recommendation/testimony from the student's professor(s), if required.

  • Obtaining an Income Tax Clearance Certificate from the concerned Income Tax Office. This is required to be given to the Indian Immigration Authorities at the time of departure. The Income Tax Certificate is given upon presentation of a "No Objection Certificate" from Institute / University.

  • The student should complete the customs' clearance form (obtaining from the Income Tax Office) after closing his bank account.

  • Obtain a written permission or 'no objection' to leave India from FRRO in the FRRO registration booklet.

 

On Arrival

On your arrival in India, there are certain points that you should keep in mind.

Customs Formalities :

Foreign students in India are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration of the possession of baggage and foreign currency as soon as they land in India.

Under this they are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. The students should also fill in the Disembarkation Card (Arrival card) handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.

There are two channels for clearance :

  1. Green Channel: For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage.

  2. Red Channel: For passengers in possession of dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles. High value articles are to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form. Preferably arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport. Lot of hotels also arrange for an airport pickup.

If you are on your own, then always go for a pre-paid cab. They are more reliable than the ones you would get outside the airport. Exchange your foreign currency for some Indian rupees. It's better to make all payments in the local currency.

It's a good idea to purchase a city map right away, so that you don't loose your sense of direction in a new city. Maps are available at every bookshop at the airport.

Once the foreign students have settled, ensure that they complete the following formalities and paperwork.

 

Admission Formalities

Contact the Registrar or foreign student adviser of the university/institute, or the respective head of the department to take care of the admission formalities.

 

Registration

All students staying in India, longer than 6 months are required to register with FRRO. For the process of registration the following documents would be required:

  • Photocopy of the passport and initial visa.

  • Four photographs of the applicant.

  • Details of residence in India.

  • Bona-fide certificate from the University/College/Institution in case of student visa.

  • Proof of a bank account/ sufficient funds, for non-scholarship students

At other places, the Superintendents of police of the Districts are foreigners' registration officers. Certificates of registration will be issued by the registration officers. Foreigners should surrender their certificates of registration to the officer of the place where they are registered or of the place where they intend to depart or to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit from India.

If the certificate is surrendered to anyone other than the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit, the foreigners should produce the receipt indicating such surrender of the document to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit.

Registration is required to be done only once within the stipulated period, even though you may go out of India on multiple entry facility during the validity of the visa. Only if you enter India on a new visa will you be required to register again.

Foreigners can visit restricted /protected areas only after getting a valid permit as visa alone is not enough to visit such places.

 

Before Departure from Sri Lanka

The following points will give our foreign students a quick preview of what all should be taken care of before they look forward to depart their home country :

  • Ensure that you obtain visa from Indian Embassy of your country. Also assure that you meet Medical fitness standard before you leave your country. Also ensure that you have taken all the required vaccinations (Typhoid Vaccine, Hepatitis Vaccine), to avoid medical complications while you are in India.

  • Make sure that you carry the originals, copies of your certificates/degrees and some passport size photographs (which might be required at the institute for Identity card, library card etc.). Also ensure that letter of admission issued by Institute is brought. Also please ensure that your fee has been received by the Institution.

  • You can carry all your money in form of Travelers Cheques, which can be easily redeemed at the airport, five star hotels, and a number of foreign exchange offices and banks.

  • Whilst everything is available in India, however try to get all that you would require during the initial few days. This will save your time and finances.

  • Understand the weather of the city you are going to be stationed at before you start packing your apparels. Many cities like Mumbai, Bangalore have a moderate temperature round the year, while others like Delhi have about 2-5 degree Centigrade in winters and 36-40 degree Centigrade in summers.

  • Keep all the valuables, important documents (Passport, Visa papers) in the Cabin baggage, to avoid the possibility of their getting misplaced during transit. Keep all the contact phone numbers handy, specially the phone number of your institute and the place you are going to stay.

  • Know the exact address of the Institute where you are going to study and stay and get handy printout of maps with directions to reach from airport. You can also get them from the Internet. Send an email to the institute about your travel program, before embarking.