The University of Delhi (DU) gives admission to students from not just India, but abroad as well. This article brings to you what international students feel about the University.

A lot of people talk about their perceptions of DU, but there is little mention of an international student’s perspective of the University. These are the students who have crossed miles just to be in a college of their choice. The motivation of coming to India for some is to experience cultural diversity, while for others is the ranking of the University.

After contacting a lot of students studying in various colleges of DU, belonging to countries all around the world, DU Beat found out about their mixed experiences. While some students praise the University for everything, others did not have their expectations met. What a student experiences might also depend on the college that they are studying in and the facilities they are provided with.

The problems that international students face are very different from the ones that the Indian students face. The issue of homesickness remains the most important issue. The fact that they do not find too many people belonging to the same place as them also becomes depressing at times. The language barrier also creates trouble. Culture differences constitute both advantage and disadvantage. While some people get to meet and be friends with people from different places and diverse cultural backgrounds, others feel excluded.

Naomie, a student at Miranda House shared her experience of being an international student. She said, “DU is a really good university and being a student at Miranda House has been very advantageous for me. I have seen a lot of professionalism here. The classes are well-arranged, and there are good teachers. Although, I was very scared in the beginning as I did not see many international students here. But, I have made many Indian friends here and have started feeling like home.”

She further added, “The administration staff is also very welcoming. However, I feel like not much is done for international students by the college. I haven’t seen any societies which involve international students. On events like freshers’ party, I have seen students dancing to the tune of Bollywood songs.”

Another student said, “In my college, a lot of professors deliver lectures mostly in Hindi which makes it very difficult for me. However, the University is good on an overall basis, but the language barrier is the biggest issue for me.”

Mohammad from the Gambia said, “My first experience in DU was that of cultural diversity. I met people and made friends from different cultures, different backgrounds, and different countries. when I joined the University, it was highly intriguing and fascinating for me to find people from such varied places and backgrounds.”

Another student from Kenya, Edwin Kipchirchir Kiptoo said, “After taking admission in DU, I have experienced meeting different types of friendly people and different type of Indian food. My best experience is being exposed to the vast cultural diversity among the students of the University.”

Thus, it can be said that the experiences of international students differ from person to person and college to college. The journey has its pros and cons. The inclusion of more and more international students is also important for making DU recognised globally. It is true that if the University wants to get more students from other countries, then it needs to start providing them with more and better facilities to make them feel included.


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Priya Chauhan.

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Have you always dreamt of enrolling in a foreign university but have been unsure of making the cut? If the answer to this question is in affirmative, then all your apprehensions are soon going to be put to an end as many Ivy league schools are opening their branches in the North Campus area this admission season!

Despite inviting the wrath of various Indian universities like DU, JNU, Jamia and Ambedkar University, among many others, who fear to lose their glory to these world renowned institutions, the HRD Ministry has given a thumbs up for the entry of foreign universities to set up campuses in India, starting from the student hub- North Campus.

Our sources have informed us that, owing to lack of space and time, some selected foreign universities will first set up their temporary infrastructure in a few renowned North Campus colleges, in the meantime a final solution would be reached by the government. According to some insiders, among the many esteemed universities, Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and Yale University have approached the government with interest in the matter and are likely to start some of their most sought after courses here in India!

The move has come to the surface owing to the debate around entry of foreign universities in India that was doing the rounds for quite sometime ever since the Modi government came to power at the Centre. There have been talks to facilitate their entry by tweaking UGC and AICTE regulations on twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign institutions to permit joint ventures. Excited to enter the India education market, the foreign universities are likely to begin admissions from this academic year itself, but will accept applications from September onwards, once Niti Ayog finally drafts guidelines in collaboration with the HRD Ministry.

Delighted and beaming about the news, a student from a North Campus college was quoted as saying, ” It will increase competition and improve the quality of education, infrastructure and faculty in India for sure! While the decision has been welcomed with open arms by many students, it has also caught the eye of cynics! A student leader from Colonial Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is angered by the move and remarked, ” It is a conspiracy. We can’t let foreign universities to come in and invade our system of education too like they did 200 years back. We strongly condemn the move!

News is brewing that the universities will follow new admission pattern in order to cater to the Indian scenario, ( as if McDonald’s wasn’t enough by presenting us an Indianised menu, but anyway!)

It is coming to the limelight that expenses of the courses will be based on the economic background of the candidate. the universities will not follow reservation policy, but economically weaker students, with good academic/co-scholastic record would be considered. 

With courses such as law, history and economics, english, physics, religious studies being offered, will the move be a blessing in disguise that’ll help fuel in life in the almost brain-dead (quite literally) education system. Will DU lose its glory? We never know. 

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Words just don’t do justice to the colourful and vivacious spectacle of the youth carnival, which saw visitors arrive in droves to join the cultural extravaganza organised by AIESEC in collaboration with RC Cola on September 1st.

The pinnacle of the event was the GLOBAL VILLAGE; an international carnival where Foreign graduates and post graduates from the AIESEC fraternity of about 110 countries and 2100 Universities expressed themselves.

“This kind of interaction and cultural exchange is be a step in the right direction. AIESEC should be congratulated on organising this and I would also like the interns who have come to our country to experience the diversity of our culture”, said a fresher.

The carnival kicked off with some really innovative and fun filled activities like battle of bands, AIESEC artist’s day, hog-athon and floor canvas. The fashion parade was all glam and glitter for onlookers with participants donning costumes from across the world. Budding artists who consider graffiti a powerful tool of expression, spray-painted to their hearts’ content in the graffiti wall session. The street play was received with much enthusiasm by the audience as the artists splendidly put forth a social message through their sharp dialogues and brilliant acting. Following this, Jasleen Royal’s impromptu performance made everyone sing along with her.

They had definitely saved the best for the last as Parikrama brought the house down with its vibrant signature music. It was truly a carnival that celebrated youth.

-Sakshi Gupta