For international students, budgeting or planning a budget can be a tedious process yet it is necessary to have a stress-free stay. Putting a little thought and some effort can save a whole lot of worry while studying in another country. On the positive side, studying in India is an economically viable choice for students, as it is one of the most affordable countries. But, the question that pops in mind is, how to begin with the budgeting process. Here are some tips to get started!
Curating a Budget
The first step is creating a rough outline of all the expenses with the amount of money students have in hand. When curating the list of expenses, they must begin with considering fixed, irregular and regular costs. The fixed costs include tuition fees, hostel and mess charges and phone bills, irregular costs include charges incurred on books or study material of every semester and the regular costs include expenditure on dining out or other miscellaneous charges. After preparing the list of expenses the students should compute the amount of money they will have in hand for allocating towards different types of expenses.
Please Note: Students coming to study in India are provided with financial assistance in form of Study in India Scholarship or Tuition Fee Waiver (given by the partner institutes). The final awardees of the scholarship (USD 3500) are shortlisted through PRAGATII Exam.
The Study in India Scholarship covers tuition fees, hostel and mess charges. But, apart from these, the costs incurred on phone bills, books, transportation, travel or recreational activities and personal expenses are to be managed by students themselves. On the other hand, the Fee Waivers provided by the Study in India partner institutes (in four categories G1, G2, G3 or G4) only cover the tuition fees. The hostel and mess fees as well as other day-to-day expenses are to be managed by the students themselves. Further, for calculating the average cost of living (primarily including the personal expenses) the students can take help from the table below.
|PARTICULARS||INDICATIVE MONTHLY EXPENSES (USD)|
|Food & Housekeeping||$ 100|
|Mobile Expenses||$ 10|
|Personal Expenses||$ 50|
|**Montly Total||USD 400|
**The content provided in the table gives approximate values. The cost may vary from city to city.
Once the international students have a rough mapping of their expenses and average funds available with them (excluding Partner Institute Scholarship) they can get on with final preparations for coming to India.
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