Incoming students – FAQs

  1. What is the application procedure for the exchange programme?

In order to apply for the student exchange programme at NLSIU, applicants are required to fill in the application form available on the University website that can be accessed here. The following documents have to be sent across via email to the email address provided in the application form-

  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s latest grade transcript taken from the parent university
  • A copy of TOEFL and/or IELTS results (if required)
  • The application form

This should also be sent to the Exchange Officer’s email ID i.e.

Applicants must also send via email, information regarding the exact dates of arrival and departure as well as any other information that may be relevant such as requirements of students with special needs. All documents have to be sent at least three months prior to the arrival date and the commencement of the exchange programme.


  1. What are the course requirements at NLSIU for exchange students? What is the credit system that is followed?

Applicants are required to specify in the application form, the total number of credits that they wish to take up during the course of the exchange programme at NLSIU. The credit system followed at NLSIU is such that each course taught has 4 credits, and courses are either seminar or elective courses.

The number of courses- seminar or elective that need to be taken by each exchange student may vary depending upon the credit system followed by the student’s country[1], and the number of credits that need to be completed as specified by respective home institutions. Every exchange student though, is permitted to sit through any class of the fifth year for the first week of the term so as to enable him/her to determine the most suitable option, and decide accordingly.

For more information on the courses offered please refer to the Exchange Brochure that can be accessed here. Course outlines and further may be sent via email upon request.


  1. Where can I access the academic schedule?

The academic schedule and the list of holidays can be accessed here and here respectively.


  1. What are the language requirements for attending exchange at NLSIU?

To be eligible to participate in the student exchange programme at NLSIU, applicants are required to be fluent in English since all courses are taught in the English language only. The minimum requirement is a TOEFL IBT score of 80 and above, and a PBT score of 500 and above. Alternatively, applicants can also demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6 and above. Results of these tests are required to be sent to the email IDs mentioned above while applying for the programme.


  1. What are the accommodation/meal facilities available for exchange students?

The University campus has hostels for both men and women- i.e. the Men’s and Women’s Halls of Residence. The former has triple sharing rooms while the latter has single, double and triple sharing rooms. Exchange students have the option of taking up residence in these if they wish to stay on campus. There are a few options available in the vicinity of the campus as well- such as rented apartments. But it is strongly recommended that students take up residence on campus itself.

Both the men’s as well as the women’s hostels have a mess that serves meals four times a day- for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.

The costs of campus accommodation as well as meals in the mess as aforementioned are highly subsidised. A break-up of these costs (as well as other fees that must be paid) is available in the online application that can be accessed here.

The campus also has a couple of other eating options that are available to students. For further details please refer to the Exchange Brochure accessible here.


  1. What are the modes of travel in Bangalore?

The NLSIU is situated in an area that is slightly removed from the main parts of the city. However, there are various options available to students for travel to these parts.

Auto rickshaws ply outside campus at all hours of the day. These are suitable for short distances. Uber and Ola taxis are easily available. The newly built metro lines are accessible via metro stations that are within a distance of 1-2 kilometres from campus. For more details please refer to the Exchange Brochure.


  1. What are the visa formalities that have to be completed?

Indian immigration regulations require foreign nationals visiting India for a period of longer than 180 days to register themselves at the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival. Foreigners need to submit an online application and schedule an appointment with the FRRO before his/her visit. For further details please refer here. Please also refer to the list of documents that are required to be submitted for registration here.


  1. Where can one seek assistance?

For assistance with the above process and with the entire exchange experience of a student in general, there is in place an Exchange “Buddy” system that allots “buddies” i.e. senior students of NLSIU who volunteer to act as peer-mentors for exchange students to aid them in settling in and adjusting to the new environment once they commence their exchange at NLSIU.

The Student Exchange Committee as well as Professor Somashekhar, the Exchange Officer may be contacted for any queries regarding the application procedure or for general information. Contact information can be accessed here.


[1] 24 ECTS=16 NLSIU credits=12 ABA credits