People’s Republic of Bangladesh is an immensely populated country in the South Asia, it’s capital city Dhaka is the most densely city on the globe. To put things in a clearer perspective and allow you to picture Bangladesh’s living situation better, it’s capital city is only a bit smaller than Dresden in Germany and its population is half of Germany’s, accounting for all cities. This is the main reason as to why tourists who visit the Republic of Bangladesh are more often than not, overwhelmed. Though it is not a popular tourist destination, Bangladesh still has a lot of beauty to offer its visitors.
The official language in Bangladesh is Bengali, and it is the mother tongue language of 98% of the population of Bangladesh with the only difference being in their spoken dialects. It is mandatory to use Bengali in all affairs, apart from foreign affairs, as set in the government’s implantation act of 1987 and is still effective. Some minority groups have adapted their own dialect of the Bengali while the educated groups in Bangladesh are capable of speaking English and language.
The Bangladesh Taka is the official currency of Bangladesh and its banknotes are issued in the form of ৳5, ৳20, ৳1000, ৳2, ৳50, ৳100, ৳10, ৳500. Recently, the use of the ৳5 and ৳2 have been replaced by coins and not exchanged as frequently.
Bangladesh is boarded by two countries, India and Myanmar, and a coast. India borders Bangladesh from the north, west and east sides of the country while Myanmar borders it from the southeast. The borderline between Bangladesh and India is the seventh longest border in the world and the south is open to the Bay of Bengal.
As a result of its location, the country of Bangladesh has an equatorial location is known as the land of six seasons; Grisma (summer), Barsa (rainy), Sarat (autumn), Hemanta (late autumn), Shhit (winter) and Basanta (spring).
A constitutional amendment declared Islam the official religion in the Republic of Bangladesh and so the majority of the Bangladesh community are Muslims, approximately 90%, while the remaining 10% are Hindus. The majority of the Muslims practice the Sunni faith but almost all who come from Iran practice the Shia faith.
The country of Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy; the country is undergoing constant economic growth but is always ranked among the most corrupt in the world and this has not changed for several years. The political stability index indicates that Bangladesh has received a negative ranking in the previous 10 years but is changing towards becoming positive.
Tourism in Bangladesh is not at its peak yet, this is due to the living conditions in the country and the density of its population. Bangladesh is not similar to any other country and so solo travelers or people with lack of travel experience are not usually attracted to Bangladesh. Despite all of that since 2015, the country has been welcoming an increasing number of tourists. Visitors tend to visit the Lalbagh Fort which was founded in the 17th century by a Maghul emperor, stands before the Buriganga River and is still incomplete until today.
The Bangladesh cuisine is highly influenced by its bordering countries and previous colonizers the Maghul; the country is also famous for its use of spices and spicy food very much like India and values flavorful food. They are known for their specialty in making desserts and the most famous dessert at Bangladesh is called Balish Mistry which is hundreds of years old and is shaped like a pillow and weighs around 2 kilograms per piece. The dessert is prepared using Chana, Sugar syrup, Flour, Semolina.
By deciding to study in Bangladesh you are deciding to open up a variety of new doors of opportunity for yourself. When studying at Bangladesh you are likely to experience a variety of new things which are not in other countries. The education system at Bangladesh is in constant improvement and their national university has graduated several noble graduates; including presidents, prime ministers and a Noble Peace prize winner.
The opportunity to study at Bangladesh is different studying at any other place in the globe, the application process is not as selective as other countries and you will get to enjoy living in what seems a world of its own with new traditions, weather, food and art. The cost of studying there is also known to be low and so is the cost of living.
Given that Bangladesh is a developing country, the cost of living there as well as tuition costs are relatively less than other countries, even for international students. The average tuition cost at Bangladesh ranges between $400 – $5000 depending on the university and selected specializations.
Living in Bangladesh can be overwhelming for many people; the first thing you can expect is that the country is crowded. Meaning that at any time during any day, anytime you go out expect to bump into a lot of people and be stuck for longer durations in traffic. The traffic situation is consistent, always crowded and this is because of the dense population and the lack of infrastructure which does not make it easy for you to go from one place to the other. Their food is delicious and flavorful but always be extra cautious about where you eat as getting a disease in Bangladesh from the food is common.
The options for accommodation in Bangladesh are plentiful; where accommodation is offered from the universities and can be on campus or rented apartments run by the university and these are the recommended options as scams in Bangladesh are frequent and not all housing that is put up for rent is verified. However, if renting is your preferred method for accommodation then you can expect to pay around $500 of about 85m for a furnished apartment in the city center and almost half the price for an apartment outside the center.
The cost of living in Bangladesh is valued as being 54% cheaper than living at the United States, when grocery shopping at Bangladesh you can expect to pay less than one dollar for the following foods, respectively; milk, loaf of bread, kilogram of rice, kilogram of tomatoes and a kilogram of bananas. Other goods are also priced as cheap but the quality of living there reflects the amounts you pay.
Getting admitted to universities in Bangladesh is not a challenging process; however, the language is considered a barrier to entry as most programs are conducted in their official language with only a few programs being taught in English. The tuition is cheap across the country and there are several available degrees for you to choose from.
There are several degrees in Bangladesh with the most popular being a degree in undergraduate studies; they ae usually covered over 4 or 5 years. You can expect universities in Bangladesh to offer studies in the following business administration, law, arts, engineering, architecture, pharmacy and tourism. They are offered at different universities, read ahead to find the top ranked universities in Bangladesh.
The university offers a variety of studies; undergraduate studies, graduate studies, PhD program and specifically designed programs for international students. This is one of the oldest universities in Bangladesh as it founded in 1921, the university currently has over 2700 enrolled students and offers studies in 13 institutes, 83 departments and has 54 research centers. Tuition fees for international students range between $1,000- $2,500 but international students are also eligible apply for the offered scholarships.
The university was founded in 2001 and is a lead university in capital of Bangladesh. The university is divided into seven departments; architecture, computer science and engineering, economics and social sciences, electrical and electronic engineering, English and humanities, pharmacy and mathematical and natural sciences. They offer students a chance to select one of sixteen bachelor degree studies and the semester fee for studying pharmacy is higher than any other department where the tuition fee for pharmacy is BDT 11,000 and other departments are BDT 7,700. They offer international students different accommodation options and the chance to apply for a scholarship or a financial aid.
This is oldest university in engineering in Bangladesh and was established in 1962. The university is known for offering the best post graduate degrees in the country of Bangladesh with a variety of 66 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate studies. BUET has 18 departments all under five different faculties of engineering. The university aims to attract a large number of international students as they value having a diverse and inclusive campus; in order to do so they have a designated international student advisor’s office, provide accommodation and housing options and financial support means.
North South University was founded in 1992 and is known for being a relatively selective university in Bangladesh where the acceptance rate is around 40%. This is highest ranked private university in Bangladesh and has been ranked as such four times in a row by QS rankings. The university offers a variety of possible degrees, their academics are led by 5 faculties and 17 possible option for a bachelor’s degree varying between business and economics, engineering, humanities and health. NS university is known for offering the best business and management studies in all of Bangladesh and students seeking a degree in any of the courses that fall under the school of business place NS university as their first option. Undergraduate students can expect to pay between $1800-$3000 annually excluding housing costs, living costs and the possibility of earning a financial aid.
This university was established by the parliament in order to instill graduate studies and post graduate studies in the country. The university is not located in the capital but rather Gazipur which is a close city.in The university is now made up of four academic units for graduate studies with an intense focus on the importance of research in all studies. The university currently also offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in several specializations including; languages, humanities, engineering and computer technology.
There are other private and public universities in Bangladesh and while they are not all located in the capital city, they are all relatively cheap, provide accommodation means for international students and offer a wide selection for specializations, such other universities are; Daffodil International University, Rajshahi University and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology. These are also the universities which follow in ranking and are known for their continuous academic improvements.
When traveling to Bangladesh for tourism purposes, there are several countries which have the option to receive an on visa arrival. However, for an international visa, students must apply before arriving and the documents required are less than that for any student visa letter of enrollment in your university and proof of financial solvency in addition to the required documents.
The first step of the visa process is to submit the application form along with all the required documents to the High Commission, Deputy High Commissions or Representative Office of Bangladesh. They will then process your application and you are ready to go to study at Bangladesh.
The first type of awarded scholarship in Bangladesh is a full scholarship which is awarded to students who are financially underprivileged but are excelling academically. This is awarded frequently as a form on encouragement to international students. The second type is merit based for students and the percentage awarded is different based on your cumulative GPA; where a student whose GPA is 4.00 is awarded 100% tuition aid but a student with 3.8% may only receive 10% in aid.