How international students and NRIs can apply for NIFT India fashion and design courses

Are you a foreign national or NRI keen to apply for admission to the fashion and design programs of the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in India? This article provides complete information on the application procedure for foreign nationals and NRIs for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs at NIFT campuses in India.

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) not only attracts students from India but also international students. Nationals of other countries as well as NRIs who are either residing in India or abroad can apply for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at any of the NIFT campuses that are spread across India. Applications are currently open for admission to all the programs for the academic session beginning in 2023.

Know the Bachelor's and Master's programs, and contact details of all NIFT campuses in India

Eligibility requirements

Those applying for admission to any NIFT course under the foreign national/NRI category are required to fulfill the following criteria-
Nationality: You should be a foreign national or an NRI who is residing in India or abroad. You can also apply if you are a Non-Resident Indian who is an Indian citizen holding an Indian passport and are temporarily residing in another country for six months or more for work, residence, or any other purpose, provided you also fulfill the other required eligibility criteria.

Age criterion: For undergraduate courses, your age should be less than 24 years as of 1st August of the year of admission. In the case of postgraduate programs, there is no age limit.

Academic Qualifications: You must fulfill the required academic qualifications that have been mentioned for the specific course. If you have acquired the qualifying degree or from a University/Board of any country other than India, then you are required to obtain an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi (their website is before seeking admission to a NIFT program.

SAT/GMAT/GRE Test scores: Scores obtained from Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)/Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)/Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are essential, as these will be considered for admission eligibility (refer to the selection process below). In case you have appeared in more than one SAT/GMAT/GRE exam before the closing date (for the academic session starting in 2023, the last date is 30th April 2023), then the highest score submitted among these tests will be taken into consideration for allotment of a seat. However, make sure that the GRE/GMAT/SAT score has not been declared before 1st January 2021.

Language skills: It is essential to have a working knowledge of the English language for all NIFT programs.

Application procedure

Applications should be submitted online at the NIFT admissions website and the application fee of US$125 should be paid through the online NIFT payment gateway.

Selection process

As a foreign national/NRI applicant, you do not have to appear for the NIFT Entrance Exam, as eligibility or admission to NIFT will be decided on the basis of SAT/GMAT/GRE scores. The procedure to submit these scores is explained below-
In the case of seeking admission to any Bachelor's program, you have to arrange to send the SAT scores directly from College Board USA to NIFT Admissions, H.O. New Delhi. Note that the Designated Institution (DI) Code to be mentioned is 7258. The SAT scores have to be submitted before 30th April 2023.

In the case of seeking admission to the Master of Fashion Management (MFM) program, you should arrange to send GMAT test scores directly to NIFT Admissions, H.O. Delhi, while those applying for Master of Design (M.Des.) and Master of Fashion Technology (M.FTech. programs should arrange to send GRE test scores directly to NIFT Admissions, H.O. Delhi. The candidates must designate the NIFT Programs of preference in the GRE/GMAT.

The seat allotment is as follows-
Five (supernumerary) seats each are allotted per academic program at the NIFT Campuses in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, and Raebareli. Three (supernumerary) seats each are allotted per academic program at the NIFT Campuses in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Panchkula, Shillong, and Daman.

NRI-sponsored seats are also offered in case of vacant seats after admission of all eligible NRI candidates in the NRI category is completed, on the basis of the Common Merit Rank (CMR) during seat allocation. Hence, an applicant with a CMR in the NIFT entrance exam may opt for an NRI-sponsored seat if fulfilling all the required criteria, as well as submitting the required documents and paying the enhanced fee during seat allocation. An applicant who opts for an NRI-sponsored seat has to submit these self-attested documents- (i) An Undertaking to be signed by the sponsoring Foreign National/NRI (Annexure-III); (ii) A photocopy of the first and the last page of the passport of the sponsoring person; and (iii) A copy of the valid Visa of the sponsoring Foreign National/NRI.

Note- The details about the eligibility requirements, application, and selection process for international students and NRIs should be checked from the official website for each academic year. Details of the fees for Foreign Nationals/NRIs are provided on pages 18-19 of the official prospectus which can be downloaded from the official website of NIFT. The closing date for submitting applications and for submission of SAT/GMAT/GRE scores for the 2023 academic session is 30th April 2023.

Contact information

Help desk No.: 011-40849650 (contact from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In case you have any queries, you can raise them through the dashboard page of your account at the admission website after registration and login.

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