For international students, India is a vast country that has so much to offer - from some of the world’s most historic and amazing sites, such as the Taj Mahal, to the amazing beaches of Goa. More and more international students are choosing to study in India, and that trend will only continue!
In addition to the amazing culture and sights, India has a network of 42 central universities and 243 state universities – and this does not include private institutions. The degree system in India is influenced by the British degree system and offers programs leading to bachelor’s master’s, and doctoral degrees. As there are 575 university-level institutions in India’s higher education system, international students are sure to find a program that suits their needs.
The healthcare system in India is universal, but as an international student you will find that there are vast differences in the level of care depending on where you are based. If you are based in a rural location, the level of care may be very low, but in major cities such as Mumbai, you will find there are some of the most advanced hospitals in the world with excellent care options.
In most cases, the medical facilities in the major cities are private.You will likely want to make sure you receive medical care at these private facilities as they will offer the best care. Private medical facilities in India offer high quality care at relatively inexpensive costs. Therefore it is important to make sure you have adequate health insurance in India to cover you for your entire duration. Despite India’s universal healthcare system, lack of coverage and infrastructure in the public sector means that it is generally wise to purchase private health insurance, if you can afford it.
Students looking to study in India will need to apply for an international student visa, and supply all the supporting documentation for this application. Student Health Insurance is not a requirement for a student visa, so students do not need to show they have health insurance coverage, however we strongly recommend you purchase coverage prior to your trip. Not only will it cover you for your medical needs, international plans also include evacuation and repatriation coverage which are very important benefits when you travel abroad.
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