Study in Pakistani University or College

"It will change your life. You’ll come back a new person.” For years, the benefits of study abroad have been described in these words. Everyone in the study abroad field believed it could greatly impact a student’s life, but the exact long-term benefits were unknown—until now.

Study Environment in Pakistan

Pakistan always welcomes foreign students. Pakistani people treat foreigner students as respectable guest. You will not be a stranger in Pakistan because a variety of cultures has already been embedded in Pakistani culture.


  • Formal Name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • Short Form: Pakistan.
  • Term for Citizens: Pakistani(s).
  • Capital: Islamabad (Islamabad Capital Territory).
  • Date of Independence: August 14, 1947.


  • Population: Estimated 169 million
  • Population growth rate: Officially estimated at 3.7%
  • Ethnic Groups: In general percentages of population similar to linguistic groups: Punjabis 66 percent, Sindhis 13 percent, Pakhtuns 9 percent, Baloch 3 percent, muhajirs (immigrants from India and their descendants) 8 percent, and other ethnic groups 1 percent.
  • Language: Urdu official language, but English in general use in government, military, business, and higher education.
  • Religion: About 97 percent of Pakistanis are Muslim while other 3 percent of population divided equally among Christians, Hindus, and other religions.

The quality of the education, standardization of curricula, and competence of teaching faculties at Pakistani Universities offer you a horizon of opportunities to acquire the skills you need for global market competition. Degrees granted by Pakistani Universities are recognized and well reputed around the world. In Pakistan, students have opportunity to experience a mix of both modernized and traditional educational environment. Furthermore, in all Pakistani Universities the language of instruction is English that provides opportunities to learn English.

Higher Education in Pakistan

Pakistani Education system meet the international standards. In fact, Educational institutions in Pakistan are competing with international institutions. The success of Pakistani medical doctors in America and increasing demand of Pakistani engineers in Middle East is a clear depiction of their competence in respective fields.

Fee Structures

You can find the fee structures in various disciplines:

Fee Structure

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HEC is the autonomous body responsible for all regulations of higher education in Pakistan. At this time, 118 Chartered Universities and Degree awarding institutions are operating in the country with 1700 affiliated colleges.

  • 124 Chartered Institutions/Universities
  • 2000+ Affiliated Institutions
  • 1100+ General Institutions (Arts/Social Science, Natural science, Humanities etc.)
  • 1050+ Professional Institutions (Medical Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Computer, Management Sciences, Commerce, Law etc.)

Affiliated Colleges tends to be smaller and usually offer Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees, whereas Chartered universities and Degree Awarding Institutions offer Undergraduate as well as Post Graduate degrees (Masters, M.Phil & Ph.D).

Any student can apply against Open merit seats, who fulfills the requirements. Some institutions have distributed these seats on districts and region basis, which is determined by domicile certificate. It may vary slightly from institution to institution. Open merit fee in Public sector should be nominal but some of the institutions have increased the amount due to financial constraints and it still does not exceed from the range of common man.

All seats other than open merit are called reserved seats. But the system of distribution, nomination, and the availing process can differ. There are about 25 different categories of reserved seats in Pakistan other than various schemes. e.g. Districts, Urban and Rural, Navy, Air Force, Local students Self Finance, Overseas Pakistanis, Foreign National student Self finance (Overseas having dual nationality can also apply against these seats), Disables, Hifaz-e-Qur'an, Sports, Teacher's Child, Alumni, Engineer's and Doctor's children, FATA, FANA, Azad Kashmir, Provinces, International seats for cordial relations ( under Pakistan Technical Assistance Program and Cultural Exchange Program), Female students, Federal Capital etc.

Every student who has completed his education from a foreign system of study (Other than Pakistani Boards) whether, he/she is a Pakistani or a foreigner, has completed his education physically within Pakistan or abroad, has to get equivalence certificate before getting admitted to an educational institution of Pakistan . Equivalence certificate is issued on the basis of some formulae and other than some general principles there might be some different policies that may vary from case to case.

Inter Board Committee of Chairmen, Islamabad (IBCC) is the only authorized authority to issue equivalence certificate. The equivalence certificate determines the qualification of the students along with years of study and marks of the students according to Pakistani system. No student, who has studied from a foreign system of study, can get admission in any of the educational institution of Pakistan without getting equivalence certificate.

All the certificates and the grades awarded by the accredited foreign Examination Board/ Authority/ Syndicate and institutions recognized by the Education Authority of the country of origin will be considered for equivalence.

Inter Board Committee of Chairmen, Islamabad website

About 68 medical & Dental colleges, recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), are operating in the country . PMDC is regulatory body for the medical education in Pakistan.

  • Examination System: The council has designed an Annual system of study for medical and dental degrees.
  • Degree Span: MBBS degree requires minimum five years to complete.
  • prerequisite: Admission to MBBS or BDS are offered after 12 years of education e.g. FSc. A'Level etc.
  • Post MBBS: House job, internship and postgraduate studies are also being offered in different allied hospitals of medical colleges.
  • Post Graduate Studies: Major training courses such as Fellowship of College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS), under the supervision of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Master of Surgery (M.S.), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in different disciplines are offered at postgraduate level. Major Training courses usually take 3 to 4 years to complete. Following statistics show the number of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities available in Pakistan, in the field of medical.

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Medical colleges and universities

In Pakistan, about 40 engineering universities and colleges are operating, some of them occupy the top position in Asia. At this time more than 50 different fields of engineering are being offered in the country at Bachelor and Master Level. Specialized fields are also available at PhD Level.

Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) organize and regulates the engineering education in the country to ensure a uniform standard.
The council has introduced annual system of examinations in all engineering universities/ colleges. However, some universities are following both semester and annual system.

A period of 4 academic years of studies has been fixed for a candidate to obtain Bachelors degree.

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Engineering colleges and universities

Almost all Pakistani universities offer programs in management sciences. These programs include Bachelor degree (BBA), Master degree (MBA), MS and PhD. Some of Pakistani Business Schools are at top in world ranking. A large number of graduates from Business Schools of Pakistan feed job market of Gulf and other parts of the world.
Semester system is followed by almost all business schools in Pakistan.

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Business Schools in Pakistan

Pakistani universities and colleges offer a variety of valuable programs in many disciplines including Pharmacy, accountancy, agriculture, and veterinary sciences.

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Other Field of Study in Pakistan

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