The Office of
International Affairs

Definitions of International Students


Indian Nationals Studying Abroad:

An Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing outside India and holds an Indian Passport and must have had at least 3 (three) years of education in a Foreign country during the last 6 (six) years and must pass the qualifying examination (inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent) from abroad only.

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI):

And as per Gazette Notification No. 26011/01/2014-IC.I dated 09.01/2015 the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders shall now be OCI cardholders. The student admitted under this category can do all activities except research work for which special permission is required from the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned.

Foreign Nationals:

Citizens of all countries other than India, who are not of Indian Origin as defined under OCI.