Indian partner institutions are situated in diverse regions of the country—the bustling cosmopolitan cities of the National Capital Region (Delhi and environs) and Mumbai; sea-side regions in the south of India—Goa and Pondicherry; and a university town, Pune, which is close to Mumbai and to cultural landmarks such as the Ajanta and Ellora caves. The different histories, languages, and cultures of these regions makes them somewhat distinct even as they are part of a pan-Indian national identity. OIN thus offers Ontario students an opportunity to engage with a richly diverse society with a long textual, political, social, and cultural past(s) even as it offers them an opportunity to experience the academic excellence of contemporary Indian universities with excellent reputation in the Arts and STEM disciplines. Since the medium of instruction in all partner institutions is English, language does not pose a barrier.
Students are nominated by their home university, based on the latter’s criteria. The international office of the home institution forwards the application to OUI, the organization to which OIN belongs. Students thus fill out two application forms: one for their home institution and one for OUI. In the latter application, students identify Indian institutions, in ranked order, at which they wish to be placed. The OIN office is almost always able to place students in the host institution that is their top choice.
Successful candidates for the exchange program are awarded a scholarship (see the OIN website for amounts). Exchange students pay tuition at their home university and are exempt from paying tuition at the host university. However, host universities may have other fees (such as student fees) which exchange students are required to pay. Participating students will be responsible for their expenses abroad, including travel, room and board, health and accident insurance, miscellaneous incidental expenses that may be required by the host university, and other living expenses. Participating students are responsible for all aspects — academic, legal, medical, etc. — of their participation in the program. Students are responsible for arranging any transfer of credits to their home university. Students going to India to intern at one of the partner NGOs/associations may be required to pay a modest fee to NGOs. Please consult the following documents for information on partner institutions and internships:
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