Guide for Cambodian Students Education

Guide for Cambodian Students


India has one of the most advanced infrastructure for higher education. Indian degrees are treated with respect all over the world and professionals who have undertaken higher studies in India have made significant contribution to advanced and applied research in different disciplines all over the world. A number of Indian Institutes for higher studies have come to symbolize academic excellence over these years.

There are three principal qualifying degrees within the Indian higher education system, the Bachelors, Masters and the Doctoral levels. Course duration is normally three, two and three or more years, respectively. Shorter duration diploma courses are also available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Quality education at relatively low cost, variety of courses and close cultural ties between Cambodia and India attract students from Cambodia to study in India.

Some government/autonomous organizations manage various aspects of international education and collaborative programmes between institutions in India and abroad. Notable among them are Ministry of Human Resource Development (, and several autonomous institutions including :

Cambodian students keen in seeking admissions in Indian Institutions may access the above websites for guidance and useful information.

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme

Every year, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India conducts training courses under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. The Embassy of India in Phnom Penh has been nominating Cambodians working in various Departments/Ministries, for various courses in India, both civilian and defence, under the ITEC programme. The courses offered under this programme broadly cover Government function, IT & Telecommunications, Management, Small & Medium Enterprises and Rural Development, Banking and Finance etc. Courses on English language and in other specialized and technical fields are also being offered.

Over 40 reputed Indian institutes like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC), National Institute of Training and Standardization, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, The English and Foreign Language University, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, The Energy & Research Institute (TERI), to name only a few, are part of this programme.

In 2018-19, 150 slots have been allotted for Cambodian nationals. The details of the courses can be seen at Some additional courses are declared and conducted from time to time not given in the brochure. The cost of return air-fare and accommodation in India would be borne by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The participants would also be entitled to a Living and Book Allowances during their stay in India. Interested candidates should be between 25 and 45 years of age, medically fit and should have basic knowledge of English language, which is the medium of instruction during training. Relaxation in age is granted in case of deserving candidates. Detailed instructions about ITEC programme can be seen at:


Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) an autonomous organization of Government of India has the objective of participating in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India’s external cultural relations and promoting cultural exchange with other countries and peoples among other objectives. It administers scholarship schemes for foreign students for studies in India on an annual basis to international students.
25 scholarships for under-graduate, post-graduate and higher studies in India are available for Cambodian students under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation programme (10), General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (13) and Cultural Exchange Programme (02) every year. India has also offered to receive 2 Buddhist monks/scholars under Distinguished Visitor's Programme. Similarly, prestigious Nalanda University offers two slots every year for post graduation under CLMV Scholarship Programme. Recently, ICCR has started scholarship scheme for Indian classical dance and music courses under India's old-age Guru-Shishya Parampara (Teacher-Pupil Tradition).

For further details, visit and . For any information related to ICCR scholarships, Embassy of India, Phnom Penh can be contacted.

Details of officer handling education related matters in Embassy of India, Phnom Penh

Mr. Adarsh K Mishra,

Second Secretary (Education & Culture),

Embassy of India, Phnom Penh
Tel No. +855 23210912/913


All Cambodian students seeking admission in Indian educational institutions should do due diligence to ensure that the institutions to which they are seeking admission have proper authorization and capacities. For list of accredited universities, please visit For list of blacklisted universities, please visit Apart from travel documents, the students should also carry all required documentation regarding their study plans, housing, financial support, healthcare arrangements etc.

For Student Visa, the University/Educational Institution in India in which admission is sought must be a recognized one. Also, original admission letter of the student has to be sent by the University directly to the Embassy. The student has to submit receipt for payment of fee and also, get his/her original certificates attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia.

Education Forums

From time to time, Embassy of India, Phnom Penh oranizes various education/scholarship forums in Universities/educational institutions in Cambodia to disseminate the information about India, Inidian educations system, different scholarship schemes available for Cambodian students and to give a breif introduction of living conditions and culture of India.