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International Students

Welcome to Ashoka University's Undergraduate Admissions page for International Students! 

 

Ashoka University has a growing and vibrant community of international students currently enrolled in the undergraduate programme, who represent over 20 countries from across cohorts. Countries represented in our international community are Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Nepal, UAE, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Rwanda, Burundi, Brazil, and more.

 

Ashoka University strives to give its international students the best of opportunities, immersing them in an inclusive environment to make them feel at home. The academic rigour, extracurricular activities and residential life programme allows students to learn, engage, connect, and build lasting relationships.

Admissions Timeline

Applications to Ashoka University's undergraduate programme for the year 2022 are open! Please click here to start your application. 

 

Please find the Admissions Calendar for the academic session beginning in August 2022 here:

*The Round 3 Submission deadline is subject to change following the release of the final Grade XII/Equivalent examination schedule

**The Commencement Date is subject to change following government and UGC guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic

 

Ashoka University’s undergraduate programme offers a 3 year-long interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences education that focuses on academic research and intellectual growth. The Admissions Cycle has 4 Rounds. We encourage all International Students to apply in Rounds 1 & 2 to ensure that, if selected and offered admission to Ashoka University, they have enough time to receive adequate support with their oversees travel and visa processes.

 

We wish you all the best as you prepare and participate in the application and admissions processes for the undergraduate degree programme. 

 

Admissions Process

   Ashoka University’s holistic admissions process ensures that each application is evaluated in its unique context. The Admissions criteria and processes are based on principles and values held by Ashoka University. All applicants will be evaluated on their level of engagement with their academics, extra-curricular activities, interests and potential within their unique life journeys. Throughout their academic and residential life at Ashoka University, students work towards developing faculties and values such as:
 

  • Intellectual curiosity and critical thinking

  • Academic rigour, research, and writing

  • Open-mindedness and willingness to learn

  • An interdisciplinary and problem-solving approach

  • Resilience, tolerance, and teamwork

 

 

Registering and starting the Application Form
 

  • An applicant needs to register with a personal email address (Gmail, Yahoo or Personal Domain IDs preferred) to start an application form. Use a personal email address and not a school or office-affiliated email address to ensure that they have access to this email address till the duration of their undergraduate degree programme

  • All communication from Ashoka University will be sent only to the applicant’s registered email address

Instructions to fill in the Application Form

 

 

  • The application form has multiple sections and is designed to get to know the applicant. The applicant is advised to carefully and thoughtfully engage with all the sections in the form

  • The applicant should supply all relevant information in both mandatory and non-mandatory sections of the application form

  • The applicant should attach all mandatory documents to prevent the application form from being considered ‘incomplete’. The applicant’s photograph, government identification document, and examination mark-sheets should be clearly visible and not password-protected

  • The applicant should attach collaterals (certificates, photographs, artwork, writing samples, web-links, letters of experience/completion/appointment, etc) for optional sections to substantiate their listed activities and areas of engagement

  • The applicant is required to respond to three mandatory personal essay prompts. They should be written by the applicant and should aim to address the stated prompt/cue as genuinely as possible

  • The applicant should get the consent of the recommender before enlisting the recommender’s name on the application form

  • The applicant’s choice of preferred Majors under the Course Preference Section in the application form is only indicative in nature

  • Ashoka University also offers extensive support to its students for English language, writing, learning disabilities, medical, mental health, and counselling. Please find the details for these support centres here: Support at Ashoka. To enable the university to extend adequate support to the applicant during the admissions process and on campus (if made an offer of admission), the applicant is requested to submit all relevant details in the Support at Ashoka Section of the application form

  • Please make sure that you click SUBMIT after you finish completing your application form


    Please click on the links below to download the sample application forms:
    Sample Application 1
    Sample Application 2

 

Instructions regarding Assessments
 

Once an application form has been submitted within the deadline of a particular round, the applicant will be required to mandatorily participate in the Assessments on the date(s) mentioned in the Admissions Calendar. The Assessments consist of the following:

 

  • On-the-Spot Essay; Mandatory (30 minutes)
    The on-the-spot essay evaluates the following parameters: engagement with the prompt, critical thinking, clarity of thought, and creativity. The candidate will be given two topics to choose from at the time of writing the essay. The candidate cannot use any external resources to help them write the essay. The essay has no word limit and can be attempted with minimal preparation

    Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

     

  • Ashoka Aptitude Assessment; Mandatory (90 minutes)
    The Ashoka Aptitude Assessment has been developed for Ashoka University's admissions purposes by Cambridge and is based on the Thinking Skills Assessment to evaluate the thinking skills of the applicant. It consists of questions on problem-solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language). It has a total of 40 Multiple Choice Questions (20 problem-solving questions and 20 critical thinking questions) and is designed to be taken with minimal preparation.

    Please click here to download a summary and a sample paper of the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment.

 

Instructions for the Interview

 

Each Application Form is read in detail and evaluated along with the Assessments in a holistic manner by the Admissions Committee, which shortlists candidates for an interview in person or online.

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic travel and safety restrictions, all interviews will be conducted online, till further notice.

 

  • Interview with a panel; Mandatory
    The Ashoka Interview seeks to understand and get to know the candidate, their background and story. It also evaluates various parameters of the application form submitted by the candidate to gauge the candidate’s suitability to Ashoka University’s academic and residential life programme. The candidate will be interviewed by a panel. The time taken for the interview might vary depending on the interaction

 

The Office of Admissions follows the policies given below:

 

  • Ashoka University does not have a policy of deferral of admission. An Offer of Admission is only valid for the academic session commencing at the end of the Admissions cycle in which the candidate has applied. If a candidate wishes to delay their joining by a year or more, they will have to re-apply and go through the entire admissions process within the Admissions Cycle for the academic session they wish to join

  • A candidate is eligible to receive a firm offer of admission from Ashoka University based on their overall performance in their academic and non-academic pursuits as well as their performance in the Assessment and Interview Rounds. The academic parameters requires a candidate to submit grades/scores from Grades X to XII. In the absence of Grade XII/Equivalent examination final scores, a candidate is required to submit Predicted Grades, which is considered as an indication of their performance in their final Grade XII/Equivalent examination results. However, no firm offers or decisions will be taken based on only the Predicted Grades of the candidate

  • All applicants will be required to appear for the Assessments and take the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment and write the On-the-Spot Essay. Applicants who submit their SAT/ACT scores in their Application Form are also mandatorily required to take the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment. However, if their performance in the SAT/ACT is better than their performance in the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment, the higher score will be considered in the evaluation of their application

  • Indian applicants may send their official SAT scores to Ashoka University through the College Board portal for free. Our DI Code for SAT applicants is – 7343. All applicants applying with SAT/ ACT scores need to send us their official transcripts

  • Applicants will be shortlisted for the interview based on a holistic evaluation of their Application including their performance in the assessments. Shortlisted Candidates will appear for an interview within the round in which they have applied

  • Admissions decisions are rolled out at the end of each of the four rounds within the Admissions cycle. Once a candidate has participated in the interview, they can expect to receive one of the decisions/notifications mentioned below

Types of Admissions Decisions

 

Offer of Admission - The candidate will be made a firm offer of admission, after which they are only required to pass their final Grade XII/Equivalent Examination

Conditional Offer of Admission - The candidate will be required to meet the conditions specified by the Admissions Committee in their decision notification

Waitlisted - The possibility of an Offer of Admission at the end of the admissions cycle or earlier based on the availability of seats but to be decided by the Admissions Committee

Deferral of Decision - The Admissions Committee defers the decision of the candidate until the candidate submits their final Grade XII/Equivalent Examination scores

Denial of Admission - The Admissions Committee denies admission to the candidate based on their overall performance in the holistic admissions process

- The Admissions Committee annuls an application or candidature if the candidate fails to participate in all componenets of the admissions process or does not submit mandatory documents required by the committeeAnnulment of Application or Candidature 

  

Key Policies

In order to enroll in Ashoka University's Undergraduate programme a candidate must have completed 12 years of school education which is recognized in their respective countries.

 

Please click here to see the list of educational board recognised by Ashoka University.

 

The application form requires the applicant to submit their grade sheet / marksheet of the last 3 years of school education starting from the most recent one (Grade 10 to Grade 12).

Accepted Educational Boards :

  • Ashoka University accepts students from all +2 level qualifications recognised by the AIU. Please click here to view the complete list of boards recognised by the AIU
  • For International Baccalaureate (IB) students, only applicants enrolled under the Diploma Programme are eligible to apply for the undergraduate programme at Ashoka University
  • Students enrolled in the IB Certificate Programme are not eligible to apply
  • For students enrolled in the Cambridge Board, applicants must appear for a minimum of 3 subjects at the A-level to be eligible to apply to the undergraduate programme at Ashoka University
  • For all other boards, we request students to share a conversion sheet/normalisation scale or any detailing around the grading/scoring system used by the board/school authorities with the Admissions Committee

Discipline-Specific Policies

Students of Ashoka University who wish to Major or Minor in the following disciplines should have studied Mathematics in their senior school years (Class XI and XII):

 

Economics/ Economics and Finance/ Economics and History/ Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/ Mathematics/ Computer Science/ Computer Science and Entrepreneurship/ Computer Science and Mathematics/ Physics

 

Students who wish to Major or Minor in Physics should have studied both Mathematics and Physics in their senior school years (Class XI and XII)

Visa Application:

The Office of International Programmes will provide support and guidance for visa application of selected students. You can address your queries and concerns directly to io.helpdesk@ashoka.edu.in

 

Which visa should I apply for? - You will require a three-year multiple-entry student visa to cover the duration of your undergraduate studies. The multiple-entry part is important as it enables you to travel home during holidays.

 

How do I apply for the visa?Depending on your country’s bilateral relations with India, we strongly advise that you contact the Indian Embassy in the country of residence and check their website for the visa application procedure. Since this is a residential university, all the students live on campus. While filling out the visa application, your residential address will be the following: Ashoka University, Plot #2, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, P. O. Rai, Sonepat, Haryana 131 029, India

 

What documents will I need? - Typically, for your visa application, you will need an offer of admission, fee and financial aid in letter format, which will be provided by the office of Admissions and Financial Aid. The Office of International Programmes provides a visa letter to support your application. Make sure you have all the documents listed on the Indian Embassy website of your country.

 

When should I apply for the visa? - Ensure that you apply well in advance as visa procedures require three weeks or more. You can start the process as soon as you have the aforementioned documents from Ashoka University.

Fee Structure

 

Please find below the year-wise Fee Structure for the August 2022 cohort:

 

One-time Payments

 

  • Admissions Fee of INR 50,000 at the time of acceptance of the Offer of Admission

  • Refundable Security Deposit of INR 75,000 (Security Deposit of INR 50,000 and Meal Cost Deposit of INR 25,000) at the time of acceptance of Offer of Admission. The Security Deposit will be refunded at the time of graduation from Ashoka University or at the time of withdrawal of admission from the programme, whichever is earlier

More information about the Fees

  • The costs mentioned are calculated in Indian Rupees (INR)

  • All fee payments will be made in Indian Rupees (INR) 

  • Meals: A minimum amount of INR 17,500 toward meals and dining facilities will be charged at the end of each semester (minimum amount for one year is INR 35,000)
  • The Residence Cost is based on an average stay-duration of nine months a year. Special permissions must be sought if a student seeks to stay on campus during vacation periods

  • The Residence Cost component includes the following: Room and utilities such as water, electricity (100% backup and air conditioning), pantry, gymnasium, and laundry facilities

  • Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals
  • The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, our fee has gone up by approximately 5% to 8% annually. However,  this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change

If you are on financial aid, your fee structure will depend on the level of financial aid granted to you. To know more about our financial aid policy, click here.


 

Refund Policy


In view of the financial hardships being faced by parents due to lockdowns and related factors, a full refund of fees will be made on account of all cancellations of admissions/ migrations of students up to October 31, 2021 for the academic session 2021- 2022 as a special case. It is made clear that the entire fee, including all charges, will be refunded (i.e. there will be zero cancellation charges) on account of cancellations/ migrations up to October 31, 2021. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2021, the entire fee collected from a student will be refunded in full after deducting not more than Rs.1000/- as processing fee details on withdrawal of admission as per University Grants Commission Guidelines July 2021.

 

Please click here to read the Refund Policy for the session commencing in 2021. [Kindly note that this policy is no longer valid because of the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission. Please read the text given above to access the current policy.]

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid policies and processes for International students are the same as they are for Indian Students. All financial aid offered by the university is need-based while admissions related decisions are merit-based. Admissions decisions are not dependant on the candidate's application for financial aid. If you would like to apply for financial aid you will be given the opportunity to do so only if you have been made an Offer of Admission to the Undergraduate Programme. 

 

If you are made an Offer of Admission, you will be given the option to indicate your interest in applying for financial aid and will be required to fill out and submit an extensive Financial Aid Form to support your request. You will also be required to attach certain documents related to your family's current financial status. Please fill in all the relevant details accurately. 

 

To know more about our Financial Aid Policies, click here.