Foreign Students Office

About us

The University maintains a full-fledged Foreign Students’ Office headed by the Coordinator, Foreign Students’ Office. The office acts as the nodal agency and assists the International Students' Community, in acquiring information about the registration, various programs, fee structure, eligibility, Visa requirements, accommodation, health insurance and their overall welfare through a unique 'single window system'. A dedicated portal for international students already exists for this purpose. The Foreign Students’ Office is established for designing strategies and programs for attracting foreign students. Apart from offering a multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary learning environment, one of the main reasons for studying in Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU), Garhwal (Uttarakhand), India (HNBGU) is the affordable cost of living and a conducive learning environment. International Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities in addition to academics. The Foreign Students Office works closely with the university administration, faculties and various teaching departments to coordinate its activities.

University Foreign Students' Office Functionaries


The Foreign Students Office of the University assists the International Students’ Community, in acquiring information about the various courses, colleges, tuition fee structure, eligibility, accommodation, health insurance and the accommodation offered by the University. It is also operative in arranging for the students’ admissions and their overall welfare. The Foreign Student Office administers the special over and above quota of International Students. The Foreign Students Office acts as the nodal agency that coordinates all the activities related to the admission of International Students, information about facilities through a unique single-window system. Apart from handling the admissions and eligibility procedures, the Foreign Students Office coordinates with the Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR), Ministry of External

Affairs and Ministry of Education (MEA & MoE) and with different Embassies and Consulates for various purposes including getting scholarships as well as in administering MoU’s with International Partners of higher education. The International Student Office acts as a liaison between the students and the various Departmental Heads, as well as the Heads of Embassies, Consulates, their educational counsellors and their educational wings, throughout the world or with any other agencies of the Government of India or the Government of other countries.

Definition of Foreign Students

  1. Foreign Student: Foreign student in this context shall be defined as the student who possesses a passport of a country other than India.
  2. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/Oversea Citizen of India (OCI): PIO/OCI card holder with a passport of country other than India, who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either of his parents or any of his grandparents were a citizen of India by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of India or Section 2(b) of Citizenship Act, 1955 (Act No. 57 of 1955).
  3. Non-Resident Indian: an Indian citizen who stays abroad for employment or is carrying on business for an uncertain duration is a non-resident.
Ten percent (10%) seats shall be allowed to be filled on supernumerary basis over and above the approved intake from amongst Foreign Nationals/Persons of Indian Origin/students from Tibet/SAARC countries in programmes of the University. Five percent (5%) shall be allowed to be filled from Non Resident Indians (NRI). Under no circumstances shall an unfilled seat be assigned to anyone other than a Foreign National/PIO/OCI/NRI/Tibet/SAARC country.

Facilities at a Glance

  • High Altitude Plant Physiology Research Centre (HAPPRC)
  • Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality Studies
  • Naturopathy and Yoga
  • Forestry and Natural Science
  • Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity
  • Rural Technology
  • Folk and Performing Arts
  • Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
  • Himalayan Geology and Glaciology

The University defines the philosophy underpinning its teaching programs through the graduate attributes. These describe the qualities, knowledge and capabilities through which the students are encouraged to sharpening their skill at the University in addition to specific knowledge of a particular course. Students will be able to do the followings after the course competition:

  • They will be able to demonstrate reflective, cognitive, analytical and critical thinking about current practice, policy and research
  • The ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts
  • To engage in professional behaviour, take leadership roles in their chosen professions as well as to develop the entrepreneurial skills
  • To effectively contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals and becoming responsible and effective global citizens