STUDY IN KOCHI

What Kochi offers that other cities don’t!

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  • Location in the heart of the city
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Aptly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, the city of Kochi is adorned by palm-fringed backwaters and represents the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern-day glitter. Once ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, this port city is an intriguing melting pot of history and cultures. On every street corner you’ll find cozy and arty cafes, well-preserved synagogues, churches and temples that date back centuries, and beautiful examples of colonial-era homes that are rich in architectural details.

Since historic times, Kochi has always been a bustling trade hub and a major port city, and is known for its high-growth economy and commercial centres. The city has retained deep connections to its indigenous roots, and even today it is an important centre for local culture and arts; both traditional and contemporary. If you are interested in exploring its rich heritage, Kochi is the best place to dip your toes in centuries-old dances like Kathakali, Otam thullal and Mohiniyattom.

Kochi is an important healthcare hub, with some of the countries most advanced healthcare and medical research institutes located here. Kerala has pioneered medical tourism, and the city of Kochi boasts top multispecialty hospitals and highly qualified doctors, with cutting-edge medical infrastructure and the best possible medical facilities in all specialties. The Medical Trust Hospital, Aster MedCity, and the Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences are among the top hospitals in Kochi that offer high-quality services at very competitive costs.

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What makes IHNA Kochi the preferred choice of students who aspire toward an overseas career? 

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Guide to your Kochi lifestyle

The definitive guide for newcomers to Kochi !

  • Kochi is one of the most popular tourist destinations for both local and international travellers to India.
  • The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon.
  • Located in the region of Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church was built by the Portuguese in the year 1903 and is the oldest European church in India.
  • Introduced in Kochi several centuries ago by Chinese traders, Kochi’s Chinese Fishing Nets are major attractions for photographers.
  • Kochi is the only city in Kerala with three railway stations. The busy Ernakulam Junction Railway Station receives over 28,000 passengers every day.
  • Located in the region of Fort Kochi, the Vasco House is said to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in the country.
  • Kochi has been described as the Queen of the Arabian Sea for centuries. The Italian traveller Nicolas Conti of yore mentioned in his travelogue – “If China is where you make your money, then Kochi is surely the place to spend it.”
  • Kochi is home to the Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India. With a length of 97 km, the lake is spread over 2033 sq km.

Kochi has a tropical monsoon climate, with no harsh extremes. Ground temperatures are usually between 20 to 35 degrees Centigrade.

Between June and September, the city is blessed with abundant and heavy showers due to the South-West monsoon winds. The North-West monsoons brings lighter showers from October to December. December to March is the dry season.

Kochi is in the path of tropical cyclones, which can occur between April and December.

The city of Kochi is among the more affordable major cities in India. Students can easily live within their budget, and can avail of affordable accommodation, transportation and meal options that will not burn a hole in their savings!

As a ready reckoner, here are some indicators of the cost of living in Kochi. The figures below are taken from https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Kochi and are current as per October 2022.

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: INR 86,749.54 (excluding rent)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: INR 24,192.60 (excluding rent)
  • Cost of living in Kochi is 16.75% less expensive than in Bangalore, India
  • Monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment in city centre: Rs 14,750
  • Monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment outside city centre: Rs 11,375
  • Monthly rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in city centre: Rs 28,000
  • Monthly rent for a 3-bedroom apartment outside city centre: Rs 18,277
  • Basic utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85 m2 apartment: Rs 1868
  • Internet 60 mbps or more (1 month) : Rs 721
  • 1 litre petrol: Rs 105
  • Meal for 1 in inexpensive restaurant: Rs 160
  • Meal for 2 in mid-range restaurant: Rs 700
  • 1 litre milk: Rs 50
  • 1 kg potato: Rs 38
  • 12 eggs: Rs 75
Bus

Buses are among the most inexpensive means of transportation in Kochi. The city and its suburbs are well-connected through an excellent network of buses (both government-run and private) that not only link all parts of the city, but also connect Kochi to other parts of the state.

Metro

The Kochi Metro was inaugurated in June 2017, and is India’s first multimodal system, with a soon to be launched water metro system that will connect the city with its ten islands. Students can avail of a monthly or weekly Metro pass that allows them to travel multiple times within the same period.

Taxi

Car/taxi rental agencies in Kochi are aplenty, and you easily can hire a cab to get around the city. Fares are fixed in advance, and some cabs will run on meters that are calibrated to show charges per kilometre.

Auto-rickshaw

The quickest and most convenient means of transportation in Kochi are autorickshaws. Autos are easily available from almost any point in the city, with auto stands that are well distributed across all localities. Pre-paid auto stands are available at railway stations and bus stands.

Ferry

Ferries are a fun way of transportation in Kochi, and the city has a system of well-connected inter-island ferries. A popular and well-frequented ferry service is the Ro-Ro (Roll on-Roll off) ferry service between Fort Kochi and Vypin islands.

Cycle

Many parts of Kochi, especially the Fort Kochi area which has dedicated tracks for cyclists, can be explored on bicycle. Bicycles are available on rent and can be hired by the day.

Kerala is the most literate state in India, and Kochi has a very well-established education system. There are a good many schools, colleges and other higher education facilities here, offering education that is on par with the best in the country.

The top Educational Institutes in Kochi at college level include:

  • Maharaja’s College
  • RLV College, Thripunithura
  • Cochin university of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
  • St Albert’s College
  • St Teresa’s College
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
  • Govt Ayurveda College, Thripunithura.

The costs of study programs here are affordable compared to elsewhere in the world, while the quality of education is very high, making this a very popular destination for overseas students. These are some indicative tuition figures for different programs in Kochi:

  • Undergraduate Bachelors’ Degree (3 to 4 years): Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 6,00,000
  • Postgraduate Masters’ Degree (2 years): Rs 2,00,000 to Rs 6,00,000
  • Doctoral Degree: Rs 3,00,000 upwards (stipend available during study)

Acknowledgement

HCI acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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