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Mahesh Ramani

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


08 Apr 2016 2.7K Book icon 4 mins Share

Top Universities for Indian Students in California

Stanford University, California Institute of Technology and the University of California Berkeley attract many Indian students every year.

08 Apr 2016 2.7K Book icon 4 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

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


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Top Universities for Indian Students in California

California – Celebrating Life

I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.

I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.

I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.

I love you, Land of Sunshine, half your beauties are untold.

I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.

The lines above are the opening and closing stanzas of the song “I Love You, California” written by Francis Beatty Silverwood. The song represents the essence of life, love and longing that a Californian feels for the state.


In many ways, California represents the microcosm of the USA; it is one of the largest states of the country. With a strong expatriate community of people from around the world, the state offers a vibrant and diverse populace of people. California is home to some of the world’s biggest business ventures like Apple and Chevron and the celluloid dream world of Hollywood is also a part of California. Be it agriculture, technology, entertainment or manufacturing, the state is an important economic hub. Silicon Valley - the valley of dreams where fortunes are made in board rooms and design labs; the technological hub of the world is also based out of California.

Universities that Inspire

The State of California is home to many top-ranked universities that feature among the world’s best universities. Stanford University leads this list of universities. The University of California system, which is a network of partner universities throughout the state, is one of the best university systems in the USA. The University of California, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the best in this system. California Institute of Technology, popularly known as Caltech is again a leading institution that focuses on computing, engineering and science and technology and attracts a lot of international applicants.

Popular Universities for Indian Students in California

To get into a premier university like Stanford or Caltech the applicant needs to have a good academic score and the tuition fee charge is also a premium. Though these universities offer scholarships and fellowships; the number of applicants competing for them is quite high in number. Let us look at the key universities in California that attract a steady number of Indian students to their campus every year.

Stanford University

Stanford University is based right in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. The year 2016 sees Stanford celebrating 125 years of academic excellence. Currently there are around 16,000 students enrolled on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Applied Physics, Business, Computing, Energy Resources Engineering, Genetics and IT are some of the most popular subject areas at Stanford. The University comprises seven schools and is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities.

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is based out of a massive 124-acre campus in Pasadena. The institution started as Throop University in 1891 and the current name was adopted in 1920. Popularly known as Caltech; the university prides itself on its 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The biggest strength of Caltech is its restricted student strength. A small university with lofty goals, Caltech continues to draw the best minds to its campus. NASA has a strong connection with Caltech and more than a 100 research and mission collaborations have been conducted so far.

University of California System

The University of California started in 1869 and today it is one of the largest public research university systems in the USA. Known popularly as the UC system, there are over 238,000 students enrolled across the ten UC campuses. Among these campuses, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco are extremely popular among Indian students.   The Internet Research Incubator is an exciting new research project at UC. Opportunities are available for 12 students to work on projects that would help define the usability and security standards of the Internet for the next generation.

California State University

California State University popularly known as CSU and Cal State is the largest university system in the USA with 23 campuses spread across the state and over 460,000 students and over 47,000 faculty members. CSU is consistently ranked among the most affordable university systems in the USA and this is one major reason that attracts a number of international students to CSU. With top-quality teaching, excellent student support and numerous student clubs to choose from, CSU offers a world class learning experience. CSU San Bernardino, CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach are some of the most popular CSU campuses.

Life as a Student in California

If it is a major city like San Francisco or LA, chances are your costs would be higher. But you would have numerous part-time work opportunities and there is a strong Indian community in these cities. Explore the state during your vacations; if you are a travel-junkie, you will love the sheer variety of natural beauty that the state offers to you. The legendary Route 101, which is the longest active highway in the USA, is a must-drive route that runs through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington, on the West Coast of the United States. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that has been featured in innumerable movies is another tourist spot that you should explore.

California truly offers some of the best universities in the USA. Be it in terms of costs or in terms of choice of courses there is some university or the other that caters to every budget. Get in touch with us for expert advice and we will help you find the right course and university in California.

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