Sabrina Collier

Updated July 15, 2021 Updated July 15

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 113th

Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) is the capital territory of India, consisting of 11 districts, including capital city New Delhi. Delhi is so huge that it’s said to be made up of seven cities, including the capital.

Delhi has had a long and politically significant history as the capital of several empires, destroyed and rebuilt several times in its centuries of existence. It’s now a cosmopolitan melting-pot of many ethnic groups and cultures, with Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English the most common languages you’ll hear.

Although the noise, chaos and traffic of the Delhi metropolitan area can seem overwhelming at first, as you settle in you’ll find there’s a huge amount of culture to explore, old and new. Visit fascinating ancient monuments, modern attractions such as the Lotus Temple, and great museums. Join in with religious festivals and national events, sample an array of street food, and check out the vibrant performing-arts scene.

For less stressful (and environmentally friendly) travel, make use of the city’s Metro system. 

Delhi has no shortage of higher education institutions, with nine major universities, two of which are located in the New Delhi district. The city is also a very affordable study destination – especially if you take advantage of street food – and most universities teach in English. 

Internationally ranked universities in Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD); University of DelhiJamia Millia Islamia

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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD, 182nd)

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

This article was originally published in February 2017 . It was last updated in January 2020

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The former Assistant Editor of, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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