About New Delhi
This vibrant, bustling capital of India combines ancient culture with modern mega-city energy.
Learn English in New Delhi, India’s vibrant and bustling capital, teeming with the energy of over 22 million people. This young metropolis was built upon the remnants of ancient cities. A fascinating mix of historical monuments and modern high-tech industry, colourful nightlife and fabulous shopping and dining options, New Delhi is a feast for the senses. It is also a convenient launching point for some of India’s best tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan and the majestic Himalayan Hill Stations.
Study English in New Delhi
ILSC-New Delhi’s campus is conveniently located in South Delhi, near transit, major shopping and all the amenities you might need.
- Our small school feel combines local Indian students with students from around the world.
- We offer a unique range of free cultural activities for students. Learn about Indian culture with cooking classes, dance lessons and more!
- Morning Yoga classes can be added to any study schedule - learn about this amazing practice in its country of origin.
- Complement your English learning adventure with the Hindi Certificate Program, and develop Hindi basics to help you with daily life in India
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If you are coming in from an international flight, you will be landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), which is around 30–40 minutes from the school. Upon your arrival, there will be someone from ILSC waiting for you inside the terminal. Just look for your name on the sign. This ILSC representative will greet you and take you directly to your accommodation.
Make sure you have medical insurance arranged before you arrive at ILSC-New Delhi to cover your entire stay. You can check with a travel medical clinic or Foreign Affairs office in your country for current advisories on vaccinations and medical recommendations for travelers to India.
Health and Safety
Like any big city, Delhi has its share of social problems, including crime. There are definitely areas that should be avoided in Delhi and travelling around alone at night in an unknown area is not recommended, especially for single females. However, South Delhi where our school and student apartments are located, is a very safe neighborhood with lots of families with young children.
Tips in Negotiating
India is a very cheap country to live and travel in. However, be prepared to negotiate for almost everything! You can usually anticipate being quoted around double the actual price of something, so start off your negotiating point at half the amount. Don't be afraid to walk away from a negotiation if you are unsatisfied with the price—this often gets you the price you are looking for. When traveling by auto rickshaw, negotiate the price before you get in—a driver may end up "getting lost" and charging you much more as a result.
Legal Drinking Age
The legal age to buy and drink alcohol in New Delhi, India is 25 years.
Typical Living Costs
While in New Delhi you should make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses while you're studying. In addition to tuition fees, airfares and medical insurance, living costs may include but are not limited to: rent, food, groceries, transport, utilities, entertainment and clothing.
- Average cost of a meal: $2 to $7
- Average cost of a drink: $0.50 to $3
- Average cost of groceries: $10 to $30 per week
- Movie ticket: $5
- Public transportation: Metro – one way token .25 to .50 / Autorickshaw – one-way.50 to 2.00
- Phone and Internet: $20 plus prepaid plan (typically $10 per month)
- Accommodation costs: $140 to $252 per week
This is a guide ONLY. Prices are subject to change. All prices are in USD.
It’s no secret that New Delhi is hot a large portion of the year, but that is nothing to shy away from. Located in the sub-continent of Asia, New Delhi has a continental climate, with hot summers (April to August) which turn to hot-humid summers during the Monsoon season (June-July). This brings the much needed waters to this agriculturally rich nation. The winters are cool and dry (November to February) and there are short Spring (March-April) and Fall (September-October) seasons.
The New Delhi Metro system now connects all corners of the city, as well as the areas of Gurgaon and NOIDA. This system is a fast, modern and efficient way for people to get around the city—and it is very inexpensive (less than $1 USD). ILSC is located within 7 minutes walking distance to Malviya Nagar Metro station, which means that you will be very well-connected to travel to any point in Delhi.
Most car rental companies in New Delhi require drivers to be 23 years of age.
Connect with friends at ILSC and explore New Delhi with daily after-school activities. The activities vary depending on the season and can include things like cycling tours of the city, visits to historical sites, shopping in local markets, Indian cooking classes and more! Afternoon activities typically have minimal fees and an ILSC teacher or Activities Coordinator will be your guide.
We are busy all year round bringing the ILSC-New Delhi community together with Christmas and Halloween parties, sports days and barbecues. Our ongoing school events offer a great opportunity for you to get together with fellow students and ILSC staff. Come share in the good times with new friends from the four corners of the globe.
Get out of town with ILSC! Explore amazing Northern India, with its variety of incredible cities and spectacular landscapes to fall in love with. Take a weekend trip to Rishikesh for yoga, and explore this fascinating city at the foot of the Himalayas. Visit the Taj Mahal to see this marble wonder, or discover the forest paths, beautiful waterfalls and stunning mountain landscape ast the hill station of Mansuri in Deharadun.
Make a Difference in the World
One of the best ways to live like a local and to connect with New Delhiites is to volunteer for a cause you care about in the local community. The Activities Department can connect you to fun and interesting volunteer opportunities that will provide you with experience and references to add to your resumé, and it’s a great way to make new friends. Not to mention, volunteering is also a great way to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Check out our Activities Calendars to see What's Happening!
Live with a Homestay Family
Are you looking for a home away from home? Be welcomed into one of ILSC’s Homestay families, and experience a supportive living environment. It is an excellent opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and experience Indian culture and family life.
ILSC’s Homestay families:
- Are located between 5-45 minutes travelling distance from the school by public transit or auto-rickshaw
- Provide you with a clean, comfortable, private room, equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting
- Are culturally diverse and reflect New Delhi’s multicultural population
- Are safe, secure, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Department
- Can provide healthy meals for students choosing Full-board or Half-board homestay options, or a kitchen for preparing your own meals for Roomstay students.
Are you feeling adventurous? Do you want to experience New Delhi on your own, or with other students or travelers? We can arrange for you to live in a student apartment within 10 minutes walking distance from the school.
Check out our accommodations page for full details on our student apartments: