International Students


Application Procedure for Overseas Students

Overseas students will surely find this graduate program on par with any other program of its kind in the West in terms of the quality of faculty and  research-level content of the courses. The Bhaktivedanta Institute's collaborator BITS, Pilani, is one of India’s top technical universities and its degrees are internationally recognised. Past graduates from our M.S. (M.Phil., since 2015) program have gone on to join doctoral programs and do research at distinguished institutions including Harvard University, University of Leeds, U.K. and Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Our program has regular visiting faculty from distinguished institutions around the world. For example, Dr. Arnaud Delorme from University of California, San Diego taught a course on neuroscience and consciousness, as well as guided research projects in neurofeedback. Also, Dr. Peter Matlock from the Institute of Mathematic Sciences (Chennai, India) and the Simon Fraser University (Canada) gave a series of lectures on noncommutative algebra and quantum field theory.

To apply for this program, overseas students should submit the following material in English:

1. A detailed CV giving:
   i. Name, gender, age, address  
   ii. Full history of educational qualifications since high school, indicating each university/college attended, the degree(s) obtained, the duration of time spent on the degree, whether it was full time/part time, a list of subjects studied, projects or dissertation done (title and brief description)
   iii. Details of Professional work experience such as the name of the company/organization position held, number of years held and job responsibilities.
2. Please enclose copies of all transcript(s) from the university/college(s) attended as well as the diploma(s).

3. Attach a 1-2 page statement of interest, which explains why the applicant is interested in pursuing this degree program in "consciousness studies".

4. Three letters of reference evaluating your academic capabilities

5. Complete and submit the BITS application form which can be downloaded (click here).

6. Applicants whose native language is not English should submit scores from the TOEFL exam.

7. An application processing fee of US$35.

Please send all of the above to the following address:

Overseas Admissions Committee
Bhaktivedanta Institute
Juhu Road
Mumbai 400 049 INDIA
Attention: Greg Anderson

These items should also be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (Transcript(s) and diploma(s) may be scanned and sent by e-mail.)

The Institute follows the system of rolling admissions; thus applications from international students will be processed as they are received.  Students enter the program in September of each year; therefore, the final deadline for the submission of completed application forms to Bhaktivedanta Institute is April 30th of every year. Late applications may be considered on a case by case basis till June 30th of every year. "Rolling Admissions" means that students can submit their application as much as one year in advance and receive a letter of acceptance as early as 10 months prior to the start of classes, that is, in November of the previous year. It is recommended that the applicant begin corresponding with the Overseas Admissions Committee as soon as possible. Click here for admission requirements.

Please allow two weeks for review of the above information. Owing to the diversity of educational programs throughout the world, the Admissions Committee may require further information or have additional requirements. If the applicant meets the admission requirements, the Admission's Officer will conduct a telephone interview with the applicant. The applicant will also take an online exam. Applicants can assume that BITS will accept the application and that BITS will issue a formal letter of acceptance.  With this letter of acceptance, the applicant will be able to obtain a student visa from an Indian consulate. As early as possible, applicants should contact the nearest Indian consulate for full details regarding student visas.

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