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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


15 Mar 2016 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share

Popular Universities for Indian Students in Boston

Boston attracts hundreds of Indian students every year who join premier universities like Harvard, MIT, Boston University and Northeastern University.

15 Mar 2016 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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Popular Universities for Indian Students in Boston

A bit of history

Boston was incorporated as a town in 1630 and then as a city in 1822. The city of Boston holds immense significance in modern American history and incidents like the “Boston Massacre” and the “Boston tea Party” completely changed the course of American history as we know it today. Boston holds many firsts – the first modern lighthouse in the USA, the first swimming school and pool, the first public school for African-American children, the first school for the blind, the first pub and the restaurant in the USA that still operate and the world’s first publicly-supported municipal library – the Boston Public Library.


Boston offers a lot of entertainment options; be it movies, musical and dance performances, museums and galleries, nature trails, shopping and fine dining, sports-events, the famous Boston Marathon, parks and libraries; there is something for everyone at Boston.

A legacy of excellence in education

Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and is one of the most popular cities in the USA for the quality of its life, top-ranked firms and world-leading universities like MIT, Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, which attract numerous Indian students every year. In this article we will look at some of the top-ranked institutions in Boston, which are popular among Indian students.

Popular universities in Boston for Indian students

Harvard and MIT – a cut above the rest

Harvard University is actually based out of Cambridge in Massachusetts but for all practical purposes it is still a Boston landmark and is consistently ranked among the world’s top three universities – year after year. Harvard University was established in 1636 and comprises eleven distinct academic units. Among these units the Harvard Business School holds a special pride of place and is renowned for its top-quality business programmes and the books that are published by the Harvard University Press.

MIT stands for Massachusetts Institute of Technology – the place where dream careers are built; where only the finest minds can enter and immense academic pressure is a way of life. Established in 1865, MIT offers an excellent selection of programmes in science and technology through its six constituent schools. The MIT-India initiative gives an opportunity for deserving Indian students to complete their higher studies via student exchange programmes at MIT.

Notable alumni include American presidents – George W. Bush, Barrack Obama and JFK; movie stars – Matt Damon and Tommy Lee Jones; and Mark Zuckerberg the creator of Facebook.

Boston University

Boston University is popularly known as BU or Boston U and is a private research university offering a wide selection of programmes through its 18 constituent schools and colleges based out of two campuses. Boston University was chartered in 1869 and before that it functioned as the Newbury Biblical Institute. Today the University has grown into an institution of higher learning that is renowned all over the world and boasts satellite campuses offering study abroad and exchange programmes in Paris, London, Sydney and Washington D.C. With over 500 student clubs catering to various interests and hobbies; students have a great time studying here! The University also boasts a strong community of Indian students.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University also known as NU and NEU is a private research university, which was established in 1898. The University has multiple campuses and is home to approximately 24,000 students from all around the world. The University has partnerships with leading universities around the world to facilitate study abroad programmes. Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Business and Computing are popular subjects among international students.

MCPHS University

MCPHS University, formerly known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established in 1823. MCPHS holds the distinction of being the oldest running institution of higher education in Boston. Today MCPHS University is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and over 50 innovative academic programs that prepare students the world over for successful careers in the health professions. MCPHS has campuses in Boston, Worcester and Manchester. MCPHS comprises eight schools that cover areas as diverse as dentistry and optometry and pharmacy and physical therapy.

Universities like MIT and Harvard charge astronomical tuition fees running into US$50,000 per year and this may be a very tough ask for those on a budget. But both these institutions follow a ‘need blind admissions policy’ and if you have a top-class academic performance and proof that you need financial help, generous scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available.

Boston gives students a great atmosphere to learn, live and evolve and offers a vibrant and multi-cultural lifestyle. The city also has a strong Asian community and there are a number of Indian expatriates living in Boston.

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