Centre for Global Academics

kerala university
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics
Centre for Global Academics

Being one of the traditional Universities in India, the University of Kerala had by and large catered to the academic needs of the students from Kerala and the neighbouring states in India. The University has responded to the recent changes in world education scenario by promoting students and faculty from foreign countries to study/teach in the University of Kerala. Recognizing the importance of inter-cultural and inter-institutional interactions in enriching the academic community, the University has envisaged the involvement of its foreign students and faculty in its academic research activities and also in the higher education programmes. This policy of the University is strengthened by the International Student Exchange Programmes and other international endeavours the University has commenced in the recent past.

Centre for Global Academics (CGA)

Prof. (Dr.) Sabu Joseph
Director, Centre for Global Academics
Phone (Off) : +91-471-2308146
Phone (Res) : +91-471-2413006
Mobile : +91-9447453063
Email :

The Centre for Global Academics (CGA) coordinates and manages all matters relating to the International Cooperation, admission of International students to Under Graduate/ Post Graduate/Research Programmes, International collaborative research, double degree/twinning programmes, Exchange of faculty/researchers/students, etc. under University of Kerala.

The University, which has been striving to position itself as a preferred destination for higher education among students from developing countries, hopes to enhance its global image by absorbing as many applicants as possible.

In 2024, about 163 International Students from 44 countries with unique cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds, are studying under University of Kerala. This includes students from Afghanistan, Angola, Britain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uganda, USA, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, who registered for various academic programmes including graduation, post-graduation, PhD and PDF.

Admission of International Students

International students can join for any of the full – time, regular programmes offered by different Departments/Centres/Affiliated colleges under University of Kerala mainly through two streams as follows

1. International Students with ICCR Scholarship of Government of India.

International Students desirous of seeking admission under this scholarship programme of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, shall apply through ICCR A2A portal (, with various fellowships offered by ICCR. All applications will be accepted online through A2A ICCR scholarship portal only. .If the applicant is found to satisfy all eligibility criteria an admission offer will be issued to the applicant. In the Academic Year 2023-24 more than 1600 applications of International students received through ICCR A2A portal for pursuing various courses under University of Kerala, the highest ever number of ICCR applications received in a year.

2. Self-Financing Students

In this category, students without any external support, seeking admission to any programme shall submit an application in the prescribed form with all necessary supporting documents to the Director, Centre for Global Academics, University of Kerala by email or post. If the applicant is found to satisfy all eligibility criteria an admission offer will be issued to the applicant.

The fees for the Programmes and the detailed guidelines for admission and the application form are available in the following links.

Any further queries contact:
Centre for Global Academics
University of Kerala, Senate House Campus
Palayam, Thiruvanathapuram 695034, Kerala

Map of Kerala

Kerala, located on the south-western tip of India, is one of the top 50 tourist destinations of the world (selected by National Geographic Traveler). Kerala, fondly called God’s own country, is blessed with striking greenery, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife and a long sea coast with serene beaches. It has a moderate climate that almost anyone can easily adjust. No special clothing is required to live in Kerala. In the city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) where the University is located, the warmest it gets (March-May) is around 36°C and the coldest is 22°C. The heavy rains of the Monsoon arrive in June-July and Oct-Nov is also rainy. The humidity is relatively high because of the long sea-coast.

Hear what some of our foreign students / faculty have to say about studying / teaching in University of Kerala.

Baharak Goli

"After my BTech Degree, when I started looking for doing my Masters in a foreign university, I came across University of Kerala, one of the recognized Indian Universities where the MSc and PhD programmes were run by good scientists and teachers with solid academic and scientific credentials. Moreover, the language requirements seemed liberal and the medium of instruction was English. University of Kerala provides good academic courses especially in computer science, bioinformatics and biotechnology. I have now completed my MSc successfully on august 2009 and I am going to pursue my education to PhD level under the supervision of Dr. Achuthsankar S. Nair at the Centre for Bioinformatics here. Even though I am away from my home, Kerala never lets me feel homesick and it provides me with an ever charming blend of culture, courtesy and tradition. I think studying in India is one of the best decisions of my life and it is an awesome experience."
- Baharak Goli, Tehran, Iran (MSc Computer Science, 2007-2009).

Sebastian Erckel

"From August 2007 until July 2009 I had the privilege to participate in the M.A. course Political Science at the Kariavattom Campus of Kerala University. The decision to study in India originated from my wish to learn more about Indian politics and culture; the decision to go to Kerala was based upon the excellent historical academic reputation of Kerala University, the vibrant political atmosphere in Kerala as well as the state’s natural beauty. From virtually every point of view my two years in Kerala have been an extraordinary cultural and an extremely valuable academic experience.The learning conditions at the university are generally good; the park-like campus at Kariavattom features a new, spacious, cool and well- equipped campus library. What I will always remember about the Department of Political Science is the family atmosphere, the spirit of collegiality among faculty, office and library staff. Various functions such as to celebrate Onam and Christmas or collective cleaning activities tremendously helped in strengthening social bonds.The lectures were interesting and rewarding and numerous national seminars, workshops and conferences were organized by the Department in which students were encouraged to actively participate. These functions tremendously widened the horizon of students and introduced them to the Indian and global academic culture. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to live and study in the tropical paradise Kerala with its friendly and hospitable people. Kerala has become a second home to me, and I am looking forward to possibly conducting higher studies at the Department of Political Science of Kerala University."
-Sebastian Erckel, Berlin, Germany (MA, Dept. of Political Science).

Amirali Raeisosadat

"After High school I got the first rank in entrance examination of Medical College, Later on when I completed my medical course and awarding MD degree, I got a job Opportunity at Ministry of Health and Medical Education as an inspector. Initial thoughts about pursuing my education in abroad, actually came from one of my presence at an international seminar in Iran where I met many scientists and researchers from other countries giving inspiring presentations. Since I was working for ministry, I could get a lot of information about foreign universities easily. After some research and initial contacts, I decided to apply in some recognized Indian universities is cutting-edge and often published in journals worldwide. Many of the professors at these universities are leading authorities in their field. One of the best things about studying in the India is the large number of academic options offered to students. Since India is such a wide country with vast resources, almost every field of study is available in the country. Coming here was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far. I believe that friends and experience I obtained during campus life are worth as much as the education itself.”
- Amirali Raeisosadat, Tehran, Iran, (PhD, Dept. of Biotechnology).

Clif Kussmaul

"I am working at the University of Kerala from Aug 2009 to Feb 2010. I am teaching an MTech course in computer science, and an MSc course in bioinformatics. My home institution is Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA, USA. I have a Fulbright-Nehru grant from the US-India Educational Foundation ( which provides grants to Americans to study and teach in India, and to Indians to study and teach in the US. All of the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Kerala have been friendly and helpful. I am having a wonderful time, and will be very sorry when I have to leave."
- Clif Kussmaul, Pennsylvania, USA (Fulbright Faculty, Centre for Bioinformatics and Dept. of Computer Science).

Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 13

The University of Kerala has widened its horizons by entering into academic cooperation with some foreign Universities like Valladolid of Spain and Claremont of the United States of America. The UGC has identified the University as one of the 26 institutions selected for promotion of India Studies by foreign students.

The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 13 mobility scheme is part of Erasmus Mundus, an exchange project funded by the European Commission and aimed at increasing cooperation and knowledge exchange between Europe and other parts of the world. EMECW13 focuses on exchange between Europe and India; 12 European and 8 Indian universities are partners of the consortium.

Through EMECW13, students, researchers and academic staff from Europe and India will have the opportunity to study one of the partner universities thanks to a scholarship that will cover all expenses.

For more details, visit or Dr. M. Baboo Nair, Lund University is currently visiting Kerala University as Visiting Professor under this scheme.


The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 273,000 participants-chosen for their leadership potential-with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world. For more details, visit University of Kerala has faculty members under the Fulbright Scheme in Bioinformatics, Computer Science and Political Science.