Studying abroad provides opportunities for personal growth and development by gaining self-confidence and life experience. There is nothing like living on your own, away from your home and from well-wishers, in a foreign country even if it’s just for a short term to learn and understand the real meaning of global acceptance. This helps students understand the culture and experience the host country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities.
Successful program completion represents an excellent measure of personal flexibility and awareness. The exposure, thus, not only enhances student’s own decision making and independent thinking skills, but also of their fellow students back home.
It almost feels as if it was just yesterday when I was on my own on a plane not knowing what to expect but excited for what the future had for me. Now I’m back home with a ton of memories, e-mails to answer, and a lot of stories to share. Well, I’ve wanted to be an exchange student for my whole high school life. I read about summer programs in a brochure from IFS, and I thought then that living somewhere else for a while and having friends from another country would be the coolest thing in the world.
I would be on my own, have my own Indiana Jones adventure, and fulfil my dream of having something different. I made a lot of friends and met so many people and as I met them many times I went into a situation where I needed to clarify erroneous stereotypes or assumptions.
There are many things about India which took my foreign exchange experience to another level. Indians are good with Jugaad. They can get the job done even with minimal resources. The commodities in India are way cheaper than in France. While I was in France, I heard that there were safety issues especially if you go out at night. In reality that was not the case. There is a lot of flexibility in India. Everything is open 24/7, and even when you go out late at night you can see a lot of people strolling about, which gives a sense of safety.
Another oddity was that in India, there was you can wear anything ranging from ethnic to western, without the fear of being judged. One has the option to choose whether to buy branded stuff from the malls or go to Sarojini Nagar for cheaper options.
I’ve enjoyed the exchange period tremendously, it was very challenging yet rewarding. I can certainly say I’ve learned a lot, particularly when it comes to working with academic sources and conducting research.
Seongho, South Korea
Leaving the home country for new horizons and integrating into another lifestyle alien to one’s own can be one of the most interesting undertakings a human can experience. For my exchange studies at India, I believe that having an open mind and being ready to delve into unfamiliar conversations helped me make many new friends in a short period and enabling me to adapt quickly.
India boasts of an extremely diverse set of cultures and customs, which facilitates outsiders to settle into the environment as they want to. When I studied my UG courses in Korea, I had lesser opportunities to meet foreign students and talk with them despite having an outgoing personality. But, in India, I could live with a foreigner from Germany, France, Canada, and other nations, eat meals together, travel together and discuss varied perspectives on similar issues.
If I were given a chance to participate in this program again, I would gladly accept it, and I surely recommend this program!
The foreign exchange program gave me a wonderful opportunity to travel abroad and experience several new cultures and customs which I was unaware of while simultaneously studying at a renowned university. India is a welcoming country and I would say the behaviour of Indians is akin to Germans, as they are always ready to help someone in need. Most of the packaged products and food items available here are like other countries.
After living here for a few months, I never felt any kind of safety issue whatsoever and the poverty rate is very similar to most other countries.
In my opinion, the greatest strength of India is also that the people here are friendly, good natured and open-minded. The average citizen is well informed both about national and international happenings. I ended up having lots of intellectual conversation with the locals. Overall, the programme was a wonderful experience gifting me a few very close life- long friends.
Leaving everything behind for a semester or a year gives you the chance to do everything from a new start and to be truly yourself when you encounter new people and new situations. I had already spent 6 months in South India, so I had a pretty good idea about what to expect when I came here.
I am very happy that people are very open-minded and interested in communication with me and the other international students as communication was my main problem in the south. Also, the academic system is very different from what I am used to (rather personal and like school here) which has both positive and negative implications.
All the students in IIT are very intelligent, ambitious and hard working. Everyone offered me help in the beginning and it is very easy to pursue all hobbies and interests without even leaving the campus. In my opinion, an important part of this process is also to come back home, where you reflect all your experiences once again by telling people about it and getting back to your former routine. My two last stays abroad have changed my opinions, behaviour and values severely but only in a positive way, I bet this one will too. I would like to thank the students and the body who made the programme possible.
India has great food, great monuments , amazing traditions and friendly people. The greatest strengths of India are the hospitality of Indians, the diversity of the people and the different cultures. During my stay, I was also able to learn a lot about the environmental, socio-cultural and geopolitical history of India.
I have discussed a lot about the connections between India and other countries and
it's interesting to have a different point of view than the occidental one.
Coming to education, The biggest difference is that here, we are learning more theory and not enough practical’s here. In my university, the exam is more about how you will use your knowledge in a practical case. The good thing here is the number of hours of classes per week. I usually have two times more in France.
Looking back at my time as an exchange student, I couldn’t be more grateful for this unique opportunity to learn and grow in such a multicultural and stimulating environ- mint. I thank everyone who has made my time in India so special.
Student Exchange Dates
Students who are interested in a student exchange should submit their Curriculum Vitae, Motivation Letter and consolidated transcript to the International office in their University.
Yes, but subject to approval of the home and host institutions.
Yes, subject to approval by the course advisor.
Yes, students must obtain a Student Visa from the Embassy of India before embarking to India.
No, exchange students are not allowed to work, whether paid or unpaid.
Yes, it is mandatory for exchange students to have insurance.
No. There are no such courses provided as of now.
Yes, on-campus accommodation is available for exchange students. We have separate accommodation for girls & boys within the campus.
Yes. Every student hostel has an associated mess which provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to hostel residents. Besides this IITD has many food outlets on campus.
Yes, all foreigners visiting India on a long term visa (more than 180 days) are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
Yes, arrangements are made for airport pick-ups. You need to share your arrival details with us at least 15 days before your travel.
Yes, IIT Delhi has its own hospital inside the campus which caters to the multifarious medical needs of the Campus population.
The academic calender and time-table are available at : https://home.iitd.ac.in/academic-calendar.php
Online course information:
Courses available for a particular semester can be provided on request. However, courses of study and related information can be accessed at https://home.iitd.ac.in/curriculum.php
Online course schedule/timetable
Once accepted, students can add courses by logging onto their student account via (within the campus) https://eadmin.iitd.ac.in/IITD-0/login
Medium of instruction and assessment
The medium of instruction and assessment at IIT Delhi is English
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Head International Programme:
Prof. Naveen Garg
Dean, Alumni Affairs & International Programme
Mobility Team (Incoming & Outgoing):
Ms. Richa Saxena
Executive Assistant (International Programme)
Tel No. (+91)-011-26597210
Mr. Danish Ansari
Jr. Assistant (International Programme)
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Academic Related queries (Registration, Courses, Transcripts etc.)
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