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Delhi University students may be divided over the benefits of the four-year undergraduate programme, but it seems the university remains a favourable study destination for many foreign students, with as many as 1,259 having applied to the FYUP this year.
According to head of DU’s foreign registration office, around 2,100 students have already applied to DU’s various undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD courses.
“This year, we have received applications from 87 countries. Compared to last year, the number of applicants has almost doubled this year. We received around 1,100 foreign applications in 2012. That number has increased to 2,098 this year,” Amrit Kaur Basra, head, DU’s foreign registration office, said.
Officials said the maximum number of applications had come from Tibet (536), followed by Nepal (379), Afghanistan (133), Bangladesh (48), Japan (24), Sri Lanka (38) and Maldives (32). Around 51 Chinese students have also expressed interest in studying at DU, while one had applied from Pakistan.
The university has also received application from the developed countries. These include the USA (22), the UK (5) and Canada (8).
“At the undergraduate level, students have shown preference for Honours in BCom, English, political science and some science subjects. For postgraduate admissions, there were many applications for admission into Buddhist Studies. Many students have also opted for Asian languages such as Hindi, Punjabi and Arabic,” Basra said, adding that the university had received 609 applications for the postgraduate level.
According to Basra, the university’s international credentials and its affordability are the main draws. “Studying at DU is cheaper than studying in other foreign universities. Besides, there is no doubting the academic standards of the university,” Basra said.
Campus accommodation for foreign students is another lure, according to Basra. Besides separate hostels in DU’s North Campus, college hostels can also reserve seats for foreign students.
The admission process for foreign students stretches for around five to six months. It started in January and ended on June 10. The university has fixed 5 per cent seats for foreign nationals in each college.