In the last few years Delhi University has registered a marked increase in the number of foreign students. Among the foreign students the number of women students, taking up various courses in the university is greater than that of male students. The Foreign Student Registration Office (FSRO) of Delhi University has made it clear through their documents that 1,007 foreign students had took admission in 2012-13 while the number has shot up significantly to 1,184 during 2014-15. During the year 2011-12 the number of students who joined DU was 952.
FSRO is the single body in DU through which foreign students get admitted. According to data released by the body, DU has multiple entries from South Asian/South East Asian countries, while others come from the Middle Eastern, European as well as African Countries. In the present session as well, there is a huge number of foreign students who are from South East Asian and South Asian countries. There are presently 311 students from Nepal, 55 from Afghanistan, 36 from Maldives, 23 from Vietnam, 23 from Sri Lanka, 22 from Bhutan, 10 from Bangladesh and 7 from Indonesia, learning at Delhi University in various courses.
With reasonable level of living expenses and high quality of education Delhi University has become a favorable destination for foreign students. Apart from that DU has also taken adequate measures to ensure that the foreign students don’t face any problem in the campus, which has attracted students from all over the world. DU has a policy of reserving 5% seats for foreign students in its Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research programmes. According to the university regulations these seats could not get transferred to any other category in case there are fewer applications from international students and would remain safe for them.
The admission of the foreign students takes place earlier than the regular DU admission process, so that the students coming from different boards and universities abroad, do not face any glitch at the time of admission in DU.