Foreign students prefer Bengaluru as their academic center

Karnataka remains at the top of the list when it comes to being the most sought-after state in India for higher education, at least among foreign students. According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Karnataka was leading the list, leaving other states behind, by a huge percentage. The All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE), which was conducted for the year 2018-19, showed that 47,427 foreign students enrolled for higher education in India. The highest number of foreign students, at 10,023, are enrolled in Karnataka. Bangalore Times asked these students what they had to say about the city being their home during their academic life and here is what they had to say ...

The variety in academic courses attracts students from all over the world.

Zakariya Ali, a freshman from Oman, who studies Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at St. Joseph’s College, believes that Bengaluru has many academic options compared to other places. Speaking about his course and the type of curriculum he is following, he says: “In terms of cost, academics and faculties in colleges and universities, Bengaluru has good institutions. The curriculum followed by some of the universities here is very interesting. I studied in my hometown, Oman, and I am completing my university here. Therefore, I cannot establish a parallel between the two in terms of quality of education, but I feel that studying here is cheaper and definitely worth every penny. The course in which I am enrolled lasts for five years in Oman, while I am completing the same course with a similar curriculum here, within three years. So, this helps me save two years of living expenses and tuition too. ”

Speaking more about the variety in the courses, he says: “In terms of combination, there is a lot of variety compared to other universities and colleges in other parts of India. These unique combinations help the student to perform better. This becomes an advantage for the university and the city, as it attracts students from all over the world. I have always felt welcome here. Therefore, my perspective of the city and its people has always been positive. ”

Accessible, homely and non-discriminatory city

Rui Su, a Chinese student with American nationality, who was studying diplomacy at Harvard University was doing an internship in the diplomacy department for a social organization based in Bangalore. Speaking of how he loved his experience in the city, he says: “If people ask me what I like about this city, I always say the weather, the food and the people. On top of that, I could also travel the city quite easily and go to different places, from restaurants to tourist places and neighborhoods I wanted to explore. I am aware that, within India, Bengaluru is probably one of the most expensive cities. But coming from the United States, with an internship grant from my university to cover my living expenses, I was able to find short-term rental accommodation. It is one of the shared living spaces in the city that caters to young professionals, students and foreigners. The biggest advantage was being able to walk to my office where my colleagues, mentors and internal partners were also helpful. They were kind and answered my questions about daily challenges. ”

The cosmopolitan culture of the city attracts foreign students.

Tamir Mustafa, a first-year data analysis student at Jain University, says Bengaluru has a cosmopolitan culture that attracts students from abroad. Tamir, an 18-year-old boy, moved to the city eight months ago. Speaking of what has worked so far, he says: “This city was my choice after much online research for universities. My hometown, Sudan, had no universities offering a data analysis course. My friends, who lived here, before coming, suggested the university where I am currently studying. I moved here a few months before starting university, to be able to settle in, get used to the surroundings, etc. The choice feels good so far. My friends at the university have helped me and always introduce me to new festivals, kitchens, etc. The teachers approach me very positively and are not partial. There were initial difficulties such as language barriers, the use of public transport and more. However, people in the city have been very helpful. ”