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Updated on 09 Jan, 2020


The Division was established on 16th October 1997 as a Cell and was upgraded to the status of a full-fledged Division in 2002. To meet its objectives, this Division has adopted a fourfold approach viz; collaboration, coordination, cooperation and competition for expanding IGNOU’s reach in the International arena.

The International Division is the nodal agency to cater to the needs of Overseas Students as well as Foreign Students Residing in India (FSRI). The division also functions as the coordinating agency for Overseas Study Centres located in select countries across the globe. The International Division offers select Academic Programmes of IGNOU to FSRIs (through Regional Centres in India) and to Overseas Students (through Overseas Study Centres of the University). It has its reach to South Asian, Middle East and African nations. The University offers about 60 academic programmes to its Overseas / FSRI students.

Presently, IGNOU’s academic programmes are on offer in the U.A.E
(Sharjah), Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain and Sultanate of Oman among the Gulf countries.Nepal, and Sri Lanka among the SAARC countries and Mauritius, Singapore, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ivory Coast in Africa, and.