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We love Delhi University: Why foreign students are giving DU the thumbs up

Delhi University (DU) has received over 4,000 applications from international students this year. Some of the existing foreign students on campus tell us what makes DU the first preference for many aspirants abroad.

education Updated: Jul 11, 2017 17:28 IST
Samedha Arora
Samedha Arora
Hindustan Times
Hamed Barmaki from Afghanistan, a final year student of B Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce says DU was his first choice to study commerce.
Hamed Barmaki from Afghanistan, a final year student of B Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce says DU was his first choice to study commerce. ()

Making rounds to Delhi University (DU) for admissions? Don’t miss out on befriending foreign nationals, who have crossed miles just to study here. Over 4,000 applications in the undergraduate, post graduate and PhD courses, have been received from foreign students this year, which is higher than last year . “DU is a premier university of India and it’s ranking as compared to other universities in India, is good. The culture of DU is such that we don’t differentiate on any given grounds. We try to accommodate all the foreign students in the same way as our regular students. We also have international hostels to make the foreign students feel more comfortable,” says Ashutosh Bhardwaj, officer on special duty, admissions, DU.

So, what brings these international students to DU? Some of the existing international students share the expectations they had before they landed in Delhi, and the experiences of studying in the varsity.


Firoz Ahmed from Bangladesh is an MBA student in DU’s North Campus. ( Facebook/ Firoz Ahmed (Ozil) )

Firoz Ahmed from Bangladesh, final year student of MBA at Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) says, “DU is one of the top rank universities in India and I wanted to study here. After pursuing my graduation from Bangladesh, I realised that the practical aspect was limited. That’s why I chose to take admission in DU, and as expected, the curriculum provided me a good exposure to the corporate world. But I don’t appreciate the political activities that happen regular in North Campus and the influence of national politics on college students, for instance, what happened at the Ramjas College.”


Hamed Barmaki at SRCC.

Hamed Barmaki from Afghanistan, a final year student of B Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) says, “I wanted to study commerce in India. When I researched on the internet, about colleges that offer commerce as a subject at graduation level, SRCC’s name came on the top. I decided to take admissionin this college only and was happy when I made it through. Once I came here, I conveniently found accommodation at the International Students House in North Campus. I let myself loose in the university life, made friends and even learnt Hindi from them!”


Dorcas Chawarika from Zimbabwe chose to pursue BA Programme at Miranda House college.

Dorcas Chawarika from Zimbabwe, second year student of BA Programme at Miranda House says, “I knew I wanted to come to India, because the culture here is so different. Then a friend recommended me to take admission in DU because quite a few people know about the university in my country. Studying in Miranda has been an amazing experience because I get to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. I don’t like to run around with my documents for paperwork and my classmates are so nice that they help me with all this. Even the faculty makes me feel welcomed. What else does a student need if you have amazing people supporting you!”


Prachi Aryal from Nepal, found DU the most viable option to pursue higher studies.

Prachi Aryal from Nepal, a second year student of BA (Hons) Journalism in Kalindi College, says, “My society gives a lot of importance to education so when I had to go for higher studies, DU was the best choice. It was one of the most viable options for me and the events organised by the Foreign Students Registry at regular intervals make me feel a vital part of the university. As a foreign student, initially, I did face multiple challenges assimilating the environment, but the friends I made on campus and in my PG, made the process easier. I will recommend everyone to study in DU at least once in their life!”

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First Published: Jun 28, 2017 11:40 IST

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