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Tata Institute of Social Sciences

International Students


International Students must ensure they fulfil the following essential criteria to apply as an International Student.

The International Admission Portal is only for all international applicants (foreign nationals), including OCI card holders and NRI, and Indian nationals applying for international dual degree programmes offered by TISS.


By 'International', we mean - Any person who is not an Indian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of India. Similarly, all Foreign Nationals, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Cardholders, and Non-Resident of India (NRI) are considered International students.

We do not consider NRI-sponsored students or Indian students who have completed any previous Degree/ Diploma abroad if they have returned to India or hold an Indian passport under the category of International students. Such applicants have to apply through the Indian Admission Channel.

Please note that students applying through the NRI/OCI category must ensure they fulfil the following Govt. of India criteria to be eligible to apply.

(A) Definition of Non-Resident Indian – NRI

As per section 6 in Income-Tax Act 1961 [43 Of 1961] [as Amended by Finance Act, 2022], Determining whether resident or non-resident

(1) An individual is said to be resident in India in any previous year, if he—

(a) is in India in that year for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more ; or

(c) having within the four years preceding that year been in India for a period or periods amounting in all to three hundred and sixty-five days or more, is in India for a period or periods amounting in all to sixty days or more in that year.


All NRI applicants must obtain an NRI certificate from the Indian embassy/consulate. The NRI certificate's issue date must be within the current or upcoming Indian financial year.

(B) Definition of Overseas Citizen of India – OCI:

As per section 7A of The Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955), following categories of foreign nationals are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder:

A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

For more details about OCI visit https://ociservices.gov.in/

All OCI Card holders must submit a copy of the OCI Card and a copy of the passport.

Individuals holding OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards must obtain special permission to conduct research activities in India. To acquire the necessary authorization, please visit the designated website. Apply For Special Permission https://ociservices.gov.in/welcome

International Dual Degree Programmes
Indian nationals and Foreign Nationals applying for International Dual Degree Programmes offered by TISS must apply through the International Admission Portal. The International Dual Degree Programmes specific eligibility can refer to this link.

(II) Programme-Specific Eligibility and Other Requirements:

Please note the International Admission Process is very different from the Indian Admission process.

International students are allowed to apply for Max. 02 programmes – Across Schools/ TISS Campuses at the time of the application.

To apply, interested international students have to apply through the international application portal - https://oia-admissions.tiss.edu/  

The International applicants are responsible for ensuring they fulfil all the essential Eligibility requirements/ criteria for the interested (BA/ MA/ MPhil/PhD) programme as mentioned on the official Website.

Click_this_link to know the Basic Eligibility to apply for the Post Graduate/Masters Program.

Click_this_link to know the Basic Eligibility to apply for the Graduate/Bachelor Program.

Click_this_link to know the Basic Eligibility to apply for the PhD

In case of any queries/ clarification, International students can also write to international.admissions@tiss.edu to clarify their doubts, check their eligibility or finalize their choice of course(s).

It is mandatory to fulfil the basic eligibility requirements related to the interested/ applied programme(s) to be eligible to apply, as incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the required background will be disqualified from the application process.

Kindly note, apart from the basic programme-specific eligibility requirements – International students also have to fulfil the following (additional) requirements for the International admission process i.e.,

  • Students/ applicants should have a minimum 50% mark/ GPA in the 10+2/Undergraduate/Postgraduate or MPhil degree programme to be eligible to apply for the respective programme at TISS as an International student.
  • International students interested in applying for M.A. in Human Resource Management and Labour Studies Programme and the M.A. in Organisation Development, Change and Leadership will additionally require a GMAT Focus Edition Score of 595 / GMAT Score of 650 and above (mandatory requirement). This certificate must be provided before commencing the programme.
  • International applicants interested in applying for Direct Ph.D. programme need to have min. 5 years of work experience - post the completion of their Masters/ Post-Graduate Degree Programme in the relevant field/ subject area to be eligible to apply as a Direct Ph.D. candidate or have min. 50% in MPhil degree.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency is essential only for an applicant who has studied in a University located in a non-English speaking country or whose mode of Instruction during a previous Degree/ diploma was not English. Such a candidate has to provide any one of the following scores. The score should not be older than two years: 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An academic version score of 6.5 is required.
  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL - iBT): a score of above 90/ or intermediate level performance.
  • Or certification of Proficiency in the English Language issued by the University/College/School from where the candidate has passed her/ his last qualifying examination.
  • Kindly note that only those students who have qualified from foreign universities or boards of higher education recognized as equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) are eligible for admission. A reference will be made to the AIU to check the equivalence when required. The student should submit all the documents mentioned in the eligibility form and the application to check the equivalence through the AIU. Please visit the link for more information https://www.aiu.ac.in/evaluation.php