International Students Admission (ISA) Scheme

FAQs

Q 1. What is SAT and where can I take the SAT Test?
SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test and is administered by College Board, USA. The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math - subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.
Q 2. Is the SAT Subject score required for admission?
SAT Subject score is already discontinued by the College Board. Only SAT score and 12th Marks will be considered to prepare the merit list for admission.
Q 3. What is the last SAT sitting that BITS Pilani will accept for applicants?
We suggest that applicants take SAT tests by March of their Grade 12 year.
Q 4. Does BITS Pilani consider SAT super scores?
Yes, the applicants can mention their SAT super scores while filling out the application form and the same may be considered for the admission process.
Q 5. The admission offer will be made based on the latest SAT score or the best of the SAT Scores?
Applicants are requested to submit their best SAT score which will be considered to prepare the merit list for admission.
Q 6. What is the Designated Institution (DI) code of BITS Pilani for SAT?
Designated Institution (DI) code is 7759 – BITS Pilani.
Q 7. When will I hear if I've been admitted?
You will be informed about our first list of admission decision by fourth week of April 2023 through the International admission website.
Q 8. Does BITS Pilani maintain admission wait-lists?
Yes, BITS Pilani maintains wait-lists. Wait listed students will be informed through the website.
Q 9. Is an interview part of the selection process?
Candidates may be interviewed before the final decision on admission is made. This interview will not change any merit order of the candidate. However, if the candidate fails to show up for the interview, his/her admission will automatically be canceled.
Q 10. Does BITS Pilani provide scholarships?
Merit-based scholarships are available for all the admitted students in the form of tuition fee waivers which range from 15% to 80%. In the first semester, scholarships will be awarded based on the candidate’s standing in the merit list. Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent semesters will depend on performance of the student at BITS Pilani.
Q 11. What is the medium of instruction at BITS?
All lectures and official communications are in English.
Q 12. What if my results (SAT or Grade 12) are not available at the time of admission?
Without SAT score your application to BITS Pilani would be incomplete. In case your Grade 12 (qualifying examination) results are not available when you apply, you will be offered provisional admission based on other eligibility criteria. However, you would need to submit results by June 26th failing which your admission would be cancelled.
Q 13. Are admissions open to all the four campuses of BITS?
For the academic year 2023-2024, admissions are open at the Pilani, K. K Birla Goa and Hyderabad campuses of BITS Pilani.
Q 14. Is it possible for a citizen of a country other than India to choose the admission via either of the intake processes, that is - BITSAT or International Student Admission?
A student who is a citizen of a country other than India can choose to appear for both the modes of admission, that is - BITSAT and International Student Admission (ISA), provided eligibility criteria for each of the modes are met. Through ISA, admissions are open to the Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa and Hyderabad campuses of BITS Pilani. The timeline for the two modes of admission (BITSAT and ISA) are different. For more details about BITSAT, you may visit: www.bitsadmission.com
Q 15. Does every admitted students get a tuition fee waiver in the first academic year?
Yes, every international student admitted to any undergraduate programme is entitled to a tuition fee waiver, ranging from 15% to 80%.
Q 16. At the time of admission, do I have to pay fees for the entire academic year?
At the time of admission, only first semester fees, etc. are to be paid.
Q 17. Can I pay my fee in installments?
Fee for any semester can not be paid in installments.
Q 18. Can I work on a student Visa?
Visa restrictions do not permit students to work in India.
Q 19. What is the duration of a Student Visa?
Student Visas are issued for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less, on the basis of letters of admission from BITS Pilani.
Q 20. Where should I apply for a student visa?
You should approach the Indian Embassy/Consulate in your home country to apply for a student visa.
Q 21. Can a foreign student change his/her Institute/University after coming to India on student Visa?
The name of the Institute/University is to be mentioned while applying for the visa, which is then mentioned on the visa. A request for the change of university or institution subsequently made cannot be considered. In this case a foreign student would need to go back to his/her home country and apply for a new visa.
Q 22. Can BITS Pilani assist in getting student visa?
Student would be responsible to get the student visa. BITS Pilani would issue a letter of admission (after all requirements are met), this letter is to be used for getting the student visa.
Q 23. What is Practice School?
During Practice School (PS), the classroom is shifted to a professional location where the students, under the supervision of the faculty are involved in applying the knowledge acquired in the classroom for finding solutions to real life problems.The PS programme consists of two components: PS-I of 2 months duration implemented during the summer following the second year and PS-II of 5 ½ months duration, implemented during either of the semesters of the final year.
Q 24. What is the Thesis option?
An integrated undergraduate degree programme student must opt for either Thesis or Practice School in their final year of study. In the Thesis option, students will be assigned a topic of research on which they are required to work either at BITS Pilani or at a collaborating organization for a duration of five and a half months.

♦  Admissions Office

  • Pilani Campus:  +91-9414082467  ;   bitsisa@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in
  • K. K. Birla Goa Campus:  +91-832-2580176  ;  isagoa@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in
  • Hyderabad Campus:   +91-40-66303830  ;  admissions@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

(Note: For any queries, you may contact us through the above details on any working day during Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM - 1 PM & 2 PM - 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM)