India: More international students applying to Delhi University
Courses like B.Com (Hons), B.A (Hons) Political Science and B.A (Hons) Economics seem more popular at this year's Delhi University admission. Source: Shutterstock

Delhi University (DU), one of the largest higher education institution in India, is seeing an increase in its number of international applicants for the academic year ahead.

The Times of India reports the university has received 2,735 applications from prospective students abroad for its undergraduate and postgraduate courses – a 10 percent increase from last year.

“There has been a considerable rise in the number of applications this year as compared to 2016 and we are expecting more forms once the deadline is extended,” Ashutosh Bharadwaj, officer on special duty, admissions said.

The most number of applications are from Tibetan students (mostly residing in India), followed by those from Nepal and Afghanistan. There are also 75 applications from United States nationals (mostly those born in the US and raised in India), as well as from the United Kingdom, Italy and France.

Nationals from 20 countries in the African continent also applied to DU, with Ethiopian students putting in 38 applications and Nigerian students 48 applications.

As for the courses applied for, subjects like B.Com (Hons), B.A (Hons) Political Science and B.A (Hons) Economics seem more popular. European students, however, preferred courses on the Indian language, such as Sanskrit or Hindi.

“The students will be allotted colleges on the basis of merit according to their choice of course preference,” Bharadwaj said.

Foreign students usually stay at DU’s International House hostels in its North Campus, which now houses 10 colleges centred on the Faculty of Arts, Science and Law, including Kirori Mal College, Daulat Ram College, Hansraj College, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House, SGTB Khalsa College, Ramjas College, St. Stephen’s College and Shri Ram College of Commerce.

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