Students from abroad are welcome at Visva-Bharati. They may join any regular course of the University or certain specific courses specially designed for the foreign casual students. Before joining any course of the University they must satisfy the academic requirements set for the course and obtain clearance from the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, for studying in India. They should apply early so that all formalities can be completed by April, and they may join the course in August. They may have application forms gratis any time of the year on request from the Office of the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Visva-Bharati.

There is a provision for one-year certificate course for foreign casual students who have passed the Higher Secondary examination or its equivalent and satisfy certain criteria set for admission to the course concerned. The courses are offered in the following subjects:

A survey of Indian History and Culture

Modern India Culture with special reference to Rabindranath & Gandhi 

Indian Philosophy

Ancient Indian Philosophy and Culture

Bengali / Hindi / Oriya / Tibetan / Sanskrit language and Literature

Rabindra Literature

Indian Classics 

Rabindra Sangit


Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal and Instrumental)

Indian Art

Details for admission requirements may be had of the Adhyaksha of Vidya Bhavana, Sangit Bhavana and Kala Bhavana for subjects mentioned respectively.

There is also a Research Fellowship programme for foreign students. Research students recommended by any Government or University and with specific programmes for investigation approved by proper authorities and accepted by Visva-Bharati are provided with research facilities and guidance. They will be required to stay here at least for one academic session, which is of about one year’s duration.

For all foreign transactions, the State Bank of India, Santiniketan offers