Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Where is SAU located?

The South Asian University is located in New Delhi. Currently the university functions from its Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A permanent campus of about 100 acres in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi has been allotted by the Government of India where construction is in full swing and we hope to be able to shift there by 2019.

 Q2. Are there any regional campuses of SAU?

No, though we hope to have some in the future soon.

Q3. What major courses does SAU offer?

Currently SAU offers Masters & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies & Sociology.

Q4. Are the degrees provided by the South Asian University recognised?

Yes. The degrees provided by the South Asian University are recognised in all the member nations of SAARC.

Q5. What is the eligibility criteria required for admission?

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies, the minimum prescribed eligibility criteria is a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent grade in the qualifying degree..

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage is a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in the qualifying degree.


Q6. How are the students inducted?

Candidates seeking admission to the Master’s programmes have to take a written test. The syllabus and pattern for the test for most of the programmes can be accessed from the university website.
Admission to PhD programmes is through an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus and pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates from outside India can be held through Skype. The requirements for the interview are also uploaded on the university website for each programme of study.

Q7. Are hostel facilities available for all students?

Separate hostels for boys and girls who come from outside the National Capital Region (of Delhi) are available on a sharing basis (3-to-a room). Accommodation is not available for family members, spouses and children of married students.

Q8. How do I apply?

You need to log in to the university website and then register and apply online. It is better if you can make payment for the entrance test fee of USD 10 or INR 650 through internet banking or debit or credit card. Those who cannot make payment online are still required to apply online and then make payment through a bank draft. They should write their name, application number and the programme they have applied for on the back of the bank draft (which should be drawn in favour of “South Asian University”, payable at New Delhi) and courier it to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, India. However, you will be registered only after your draft has been received.

Q9. When should I apply?

The admission process has already started. The last date for applying for Admissions this year is 20 March 2018 and the entrance test will be held on 15 April 2018 at specified centres in all SAARC countries.

Q10. I don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries but I want to apply. Do you have centres in countries outside the SAARC region?

If you don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries you do not need to take the entrance Test. You should fill the prescribed application form (Application Form for the Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries) and mail it directly to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, India with all supporting documents including degrees and mark-sheets, identity proof and a coloured photograph. The application should reach South Asian University by 20 March 2018. Each application will be scrutinized by the concerned faculty to determine the eligibility of the candidate and the decision of the university will be final in this regard.

Q11. What is the teacher student ratio at SAU?

The current teacher student ratio at SAU is approximately 1:6.

Q12. Do you have any undergraduate programme?

The university doesn’t have any undergraduate programme as yet.

Q13. What are the types of scholarships available in SAU?

The following Scholarships/Freeships are available to students admitted to SAU in the Academic Session 2018-19:

President’s Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only):

Two scholarships are offered for each academic programme: one to the student scoring the highest marks in the Entrance Test in the Indian list and the other to the student scoring the highest marks in the non-Indian list (South Asian countries other than India) who finally joins the University.

The President’s scholarship comprises: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 7,000 per month as living allowance.Non-Indian Studentswill also receive an amount of INR 10,000 while Indian students will receive an amount of Rupees 5,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc. A similar amount will be made available as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and excess baggage cost respectively.

The continuation of the President’s Scholarships for the subsequent year is subject to the recipients obtaining the highest CGPA in the Indian and non-Indian (South Asian countries other than India) lists respectively, which must, however, not be below a CGPA of 5.0 for the Science stream (Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 for the Non-science stream (Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law) at the end of the 2nd semester.

SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Programmes:

100 SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarships (SJS), instituted by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, are offered for Master’s and Doctoral level studies to meritorious students coming from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the region i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal.

Approximately 35 of these scholarships (5 per programme) are for first year Master’s students and the remaining are for continuing students. In each programme, one scholarship will be awarded to the candidate who scores the highest marks in the Entrance Test from each of the eligible countries. If there are not a sufficient number of country representations, then the scholarship will go to the next rank holder, irrespective of the country to which (s)he belongs. The scholarships are extended to the second year provided the awardee secures a minimum CGPA of 5.0 in the Science stream (Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 in the Non-science stream (Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law).

The MEA has laid down a detailed criteria regarding the award of these scholarships, which are based on merit. Also, 50% of SJS scholarships are reserved for female candidates. If there are not a sufficient numbers of female students, then these scholarships are awarded to male students. SJS scholarships are given for two years and thus, no fresh SJS scholarship shall be awarded in the second year of a Master’s programme. However, the SJS scholarship can be discontinued at the end of the first year if a student fails to maintain the requisite CGPA as explained above.

The SJS Scholarship comprises: Tuition Fee waiver + Hostel Fee waiver + living allowance of INR 7,000 per month (Master’s level programmes) or INR 25,000 per month (PhD programmes). Awardeeswill also receive an amount of Rupees 10,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and extra baggage cost respectively.


SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two SAU Merit scholarships are available in each academic programme and shall be awarded as per the following criteria:

India: The top two students from the merit list after the President’s Scholarship Award who join the university will be given the SAU merit scholarships.

Non-Indian: The top two students after the President’s Scholarship Award and SJS award from the merit list who finally join the University will be awarded SAU merit scholarships.

The Continuation of SAU Merit scholarships in the second year shall depend on awardees maintaining their respective positions in class rankings at the end of the first year. For example, in the Indian category, the SAU Merit scholarship shall be renewed only if the awardees maintain their respective second and third positions in the class in the Indian category. Similarly, in the Non-Indian category, students will be required to maintain their positions in class rankings. If a student is not able to maintain his/her respective rank, then the scholarship will go to whoever occupies that position in the respective categories as per the principle mentioned above. In addition to the above, a minimum CGPA of 5.0 in the Science stream (Biotechnology, Computer Science and Maths) and 4.5 in the Non-science stream (Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Law) is required for the renewal of the SAU merit scholarship

The SAU Merit scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 5,000 per month as living allowance.


SAU Freeships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): SAU will provide a limited number of freeships to economically weaker students i.e., to students whose total family income falls below a particular income level, by waiving the tuition and hostel fee (if applicable) and/or providing a monthly stipend of INR 3000. No additional support shall be provided. All students whose scholarships have been discontinued in the 2nd year can also apply for freeships.The Scholarship Committee shall determine the income level by taking into account various factors such as past practices followed by the University, applications received, funds available etc. These will be duly notified in due course. Students who wish to apply for SAU Freeships may do so upon joining the university. The application for SAU freeship should be accompanied by a document that discloses the total family income such as:

a) Income tax returns

b) An income certificate issued by a government body/agency

c) Any other document which is approved by a government agency/body/official that clearly states the total family income.

The following documents shall not count towards providing valid proof of family income – affidavits, letters issued by private employers, bank account statements unless corroborated.

Wrongful disclosure of family income, concealing any material fact pertaining to family income or submitting forged documents may attract strict disciplinary action.  The committee may refer such matters to the Proctor.

SAU Tuition Fee Waiver and Financial Support for PhD Students:  All PhD students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc., or similar agencies in other SAARC countries will receive tuition fee waiver as well as financial support of INR 25,000 per month. PhD students who are on study leave from their parent institutions and continue to draw salaries from their respective parent institutions during the course of their PhD studies at SAU also shall not receive any financial support from SAU. Any PhD student, who undertakes regular or full time employment after the mandatory residential requirement given in SAU bylaws, shall immediately inform the same to the Deputy Registrar (Evaluations) at SAU.

The continuation of SAU financial support is subject to good conduct and satisfactory performance.

Duration of Scholarships/Freeships: In all cases, scholarships and freeships are granted for one year. They are extended in subsequent year(s) subject to satisfactory academic performance, maintenance of hostel/university discipline and good conduct, to be reviewed at the end of the first year. All recipients of scholarships and freeships must therefore be regular in attending classes and make full efforts to sustain and improve their academic performance. The maximum duration of SAU PhD scholarship is 5 years.


First year scholarships to MA/MSc students will cover the summer vacation period at the end of the first two semesters. Scholarships for June and July to continuing students will be disbursed at the end of July, after they re-join the University. In the second year of all Master’s level programmes, scholarships and freeships will cease at the end of the academic session i.e., end of May 2018 and will not cover the summer vacation period at the end of the second year.

PhD fellowships from external agencies: PhD students who have qualified for JRF support from agencies like the Indian UGC/CSIR/DBT and ICMR, may avail of the fellowship as per the terms and conditions of the granting agencies. However, if they receive fees and hostel allowances, these will be recovered from them to the extent of their allowance.

No student can avail of two scholarships at any one time.

All Scholarships, including transfers of scholarships of those who withdraw their admission, will be finalised by 10 Aug 2018, after which no applications will be entertained.


While SAU has a liberal policy with regard to awarding freeships to students from economically weaker families, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will necessarily receive a scholarship or freeship. Students must be prepared to meet the deficit from their own sources.

Disclaimer: In case of any typographical or unintentional errors in the Rules, Regulations, Bye-laws etc., the decision of the President will prevail.


Q14. How do I apply for scholarships?

All scholarships are merit-based, depending on your rank in the entrance test. However, a limited number of freeships are available to students who cannot afford to pay the fees. Such students can apply on the prescribed application form after joining the University along with all supporting documents.

Q15. Can I get campus jobs at SAU?

A limited number of campus jobs are available under the Work – Earn programme. You can apply for these jobs on a monthly basis after joining the university.

Q16. Do non-Indian students face any disparity?

All students, whether from within India or outside, are treated as equals in all matters, whether academic or administrative. In order to promote integration amongst students living in the hostel, the university has a policy of letting students from different countries share accommodation.

Q17. What prospects do SAU graduates have after they pass out?

SAU degrees are recognized by all SAARC member countries. Job opportunities depend, among other things, on the grades students get and other attributes you pick up while at the University. Many SAU alumni are well placed in universities, colleges, research organisations, think tanks, etc. across the region while some are pursuing higher studies around the world.

Q18. What all do I need to bring when I come to SAU after admission?

The university provides a bed along with a mattress and a table and a chair in the hostel room. Students have to bring their own bedlinen and blanket/quilt. The Delhi winter can be quite cold.

Q19. Does SAU offer an MBA programme?

No. Currently SAU doesn’t offer an MBA programmes.

Q20. Does SAU offer online / distance learning programmes?

No. All Master’s and Research programmes are regular programmes and do not allow students to take up full time or even part-time jobs.


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    I would like to follow Masters in International Relations or MSc in Information Technology.When is the next intake date.

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