Education in Bangladesh

Requirements for International Students to Study in Bangladesh 

A student who wants to pursue higher studies in Bangladesh must have passed the O-level examination or its equivalent 10+2 qualification with English as a compulsory subject at school level. A student who is not proficient with the English language must take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) tests if they choose to pursue academic programs at the graduation level.

Colleges in Bangladesh

Listed below are the best colleges in Bangladesh opted for higher studies by international students:

Name Type of College Location
Government Mohila College Government Owned Bagerhat
Government Nazrul College Government Owned Gopalgonj
Shahid Asad Government Mohila College Government Owned Narsingdi
Bandarban Government College Government Owned Bandarban
Netrakona Government Mohila College Government Owned Netrokona
Chunarughat Sarkari College Government Owned Habiganj
Government F H College Chakhar Government Owned Barisal
Rani Bhabani Government Mohila College Government Owned Natore
Barguna Government College Government Owned Barguna
Government Jaheda Safir Mohila College Government Owned Jamalpur
Nilphamari Government Mohila College Government Owned Nilphamari
Khan Jahan Ali College Private Bagerhat
Chitalmari Mohila Mahabidyalaya Private Bagerhat
Noapara Mohila College Private Jessore
Chowgacha Mridhapara Mohila College Private Jessore
Shimulbari Bangabandhu College Private Nilphamari
Sultanpur H Bhuian School and College Private Noakhali
Masiahati Degree College Private Jessore
Khayer Suti High School and College Private Pabna
Nizamuddin Asgar Ali College Private Pabna
Dhaka Medical College Government Medical Dhaka
Chittagong Medical College Government Medical Chittagong
Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Government Medical Dhaka
Unani & Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital Government Medical Dhaka
Sher – E – Bangla Medical College Government Medical Barisal
Jaladabad Rageb – Rabeya Medical College Private Medical Sylhet
Community Based Medical College Private Medical Mymensingh
Chottagram Ma – O – Shishu Hospital Medical College Private Medical Chittagong
Dhaka National Medical College Private Medical Dhaka
Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College Private Medical Gazipur

Universities in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is also home to some of the best universities for pursuing post graduation studies. Some of the popular universities in the country are:

University Location
National University Gazipur
American International University – Bangladesh Dhaka
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Dhaka
Jahangirnagar University Savar
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology Dhaka
Northern University of Bangladesh several locations across the country
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Dhaka
Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology Chittagong
Bangladesh University of Professionals Mirpur
ASA University Bangladesh Dhaka
Rajshahi University of Engineering Technology Rajshahi
Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University Mymensingh
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University Dinajpur
Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology several locations across Bangladesh
Patuakhali University of Science and Technology several locations across Bangladesh

Top Schools in Bangladesh

Bangladesh boasts of not only some of the best colleges but also some of the best schools. The best madrasas in Bangladesh are:

  • Collegiate School
  • Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College
  • Khulna Zilla School
  • Blue Bird High School
  • Tamirul Millat Kamil Madrasa
  • Comilla Zilla School
  • Kharkhari High School
  • Barisal Zilla School
  • Vigarunnisa Noon School
  • Cantonment Public School & College
  • International Schools in Bangladesh:
  • Chittagong Grammar School
  • Japanese School of Dhaka
  • American International School Dhaka
  • Ecole Francaise Internationale
  • St Francis Xavier’s Greenherald International School
  • International School Dhaka

Scholarships Offered to Students in Bangladesh

Scholarships which are available to students pursuing education in Bangladesh are:

  • Primary Scholarship - This scholarship is available to students of class V. The number of scholarships offered are limited and are distributed by government authorities.
  • Junior Scholarship - This scholarship is available to school students of class VIII. Also distributed by the government authorities, the junior scholarship is also limited in availability.
  • Special Scholarship - Public universities give scholarships to meritorious students from time to time. The ‘Kali Narayan Scholarship’ is an example of this type of scholarship.
  • Board Scholarship – The students who score high and get a rank in the school secondary and higher secondary examinations are awarded the board scholarship.
  • District Scholarship - Each district of Bangladesh awards yearly scholarships to the economically backward and deserving school students.
  • Mayor Padak - These are scholarships offered by city corporations in the country.
  • Municipality Scholarship - Different municipal corporations offer scholarships to the needy and deserving school students in that municipality.
  • Agrani Bank Gold Medal - The Agrani Bank of Bangladesh offers this scholarship to deserving college and university students in the country.
  • Club / Institute Scholarship - Scholarships are distributed by privately owned clubs and institutes in Bangladesh. These scholarships are awarded to poor students of schools, colleges and universities.

Documents to Obtain Students’ Visa in Bangladesh

A student from a foreign country pursuing higher education in Bangladesh must possess the following documents:

  • A passport which must be valid for at least six months or more from the date of entry.
  • A duly filled visa application form.
  • Two passport size photographs of 3X4 cm.
  • An IAP – 66 or an I – 20 form.
  • Financial documents like scholarship forms and proper documents on medical fitness.

Education System in Bangladesh

The education system in Bangladesh is divided in a three tier system:

  • General Education System
  • Madrasa Education System
  • Technical – Vocational Education System
  • The three tier system is further divided into the four categories of:
  • Primary Level (age 1 to 5)
  • Secondary Level (age 6 to 10)
  • Higher Secondary Level (age 11 to 12)
  • Tertiary Level
  • Fast Facts on Bangladesh Education System
  • The education system of Bangladesh falls under the ministry of education of the government of Bangladesh that is headed by Nurul Islam Nahid.
  • The annual budget set aside for education in Bangladesh is approximately US $ 7 million. this is almost 2.5% of the country’s GDP.
  • The male – female literacy ratio in the country has been recorded at 53 : 35.
  • The enrollment rate at the¬† primary level of education is very high in Bangladesh because the government has provided for free education for all children till the age of ten. The last census report records the total number of entrees at the primary level at 16,230,000.