Admission of Foreign Students in Delhi University

Updated on: May 27, 2014

Foreign Students

Foreign students in Delhi UniversityDelhi University (DU) is not only a preferred destination for Indian students, but it also attracts students from across the globe. For the academic year 2014 - 15, the Foreign Students' Registry (FSR) at Delhi University has received more than 2,000 applications for a variety of courses spanning from certificate level to Ph.D level.

Applications of foreign students have come in this year from more than 65 countries, including Korea, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, China, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan,  Germany and Japan.

The certificate course in Hindi seems to be quite popular, especially among the Chinese, Korean and African applicants, according to Amrit Kaur Basra who heads the FSR.

DU recognizes the examinations of various countries equivalent to the senior school certificate examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education. The candidates who have passed these examinations will only be eligible for admission into undergraduate programs.

For list of exams equivalent to class XII exam conducted by CBSE, Click Here

Eligibility For Undergraduate Programs

Evidence of required academic performance must be in the form of certified English transcripts listing all the courses with the grades or marks earned. Transcripts in languages other than English are not acceptable. Applicants for any of the Under-Graduate Course must have completed the 12 years of formal schooling.

 Applicants who have passed final School Certificate Examination of twelve year duration are advised to apply preferably by 31st March each year for admission in July that year. However, applications are accepted up to 30th April.

The minimum admission requirement in terms of the percentage of marks that are required by a candidate for being admitted to a course varies in many cases from year to year. The number of seats in the Science Courses is quite limited.

In view of the large number of highly qualified applicants, only those students who have secured approximately 65 percent marks in aggregate have a chance of securing admission. Applicants for courses in the Arts and Social Sciences are expected to have secured around 60 percent marks in the final school examination.

Eligibility For Admission to Post Graduate Courses

For admission to a post-graduate program of studies in any discipline, one must have completed 12 years of formal education at the School level followed by a Bachelor’s Degree of at least 3 years duration. However, the admission to post-graduate courses is rather restricted and the applicant should have an excellent academic record to stand a fair chance for admission.

Eligibility For admission to M.Phil and Ph.D Courses

University of Delhi also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. Courses in all the Departments/Faculties. The minimum admission requirement for the research degree (Ph.D) is a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree of Indian University or any other degree recognized as equivalent to it.

In very exceptional cases a University teacher having adequate teaching experience with good Master’s degree may be admitted directly to Ph.D course. The admission for these courses is very limited and is decided by the respective Departments/Faculties on the basis of a very sound academic record along with a detailed research proposal (in English.)

Age Requirements

There is no minimum age limit for admission to the under-graduate courses and post graduates courses, except in professional courses where the regulatory body (e.g. MCI, AICTE) may prescribe a minimum age requirement.


All foreign students need to pay a one-time Foreign Students Registration Fee:
Rs. 19,500 for undergraduate and Certificate/Diploma courses
Rs. 26,000 for Postgraduate courses
Rs. 32,500 for courses leading to research work.

Additionally, they must also pay an additional amount of Rs. 6,500/- per year apart from the regular fee to their College/ Department/ Faculty.

Foreign students (except those from SAARC countries) must also pay an amount of Rs. 2,27,500 per year in addition to the fees paid by the Indian students for courses like MIB, MHROD, and B.Tech. in Computer Science.

The tuition fees and other fees vary for every course, but usually average between Rs.6,000-12,000 per annum. Hostel and living expenses in University and College residences cost between Rs.3,000 - 6,000 per month and may go up to Rs.10,000 per month in  private rented accommodation. (Also read: Hostel facilities in Delhi University)

Foreign Students Registry (FSR)

Foreign students seeking admission to courses of the University of Delhi should have passed a recognized examination and must send their applications on the prescribed form (which can be downloaded from the University website along with duplicate Photostat copies of their transcripts to the following address by deadlines which are announced in January every year. The application and admission process for foreign students ends early since it takes at least 4-5 months to check whether the institutions they have earned their degree from, are recognised.

Dr. Veena Mishra,
Dy. Dean (Foreign Students),
DELHI – 110007
(E-mail: [email protected])

If the candidate meets the eligibility requirements and is found eligible, DU will issue a provisional admission letter. A copy of this letter will be endorsed to the Indian Mission in the country of domicile of the candidate on the basis of which the concerned Mission will issue a Student’s Visa so that the student can come to India and join the University. No foreign student can be admitted to DU without a valid Student’s Visa. Such Student’s Visa may be extended by the Ministry of Home Affairs after confirming that student pursuing his/her studies is receiving living expenses through proper banking channels.

Important Contact Numbers

  • Registrar
    Ph: 27667853, 27667725/1116
    email: [email protected]

  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations
    Ph: 23379309, 23379310
    email: [email protected]

  • Dean, Students’ Welfare
    Ph: 27667092, 27667725/1134
    email: [email protected]

  • State Bank of India (DU Branch)
    Ph: 27667142

  • SHO, Police Station (Maurice Nagar)
    Ph: 27667178/ 27666332

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