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Admissions open for B.A. (Hons.) and B.Sc. (Hons.) commencing Aug 2019.
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The Krea philosophy

  • At Krea, our intention is to admit a class where the brightest minds from diverse backgrounds come together to co-create a rich learning experience for everyone
  • We are committed to extraordinarily high standards of academic excellence. We understand that true academic merit and potential may not always be exhibited by exam scores alone. Hence, we do not have a ‘cut-off’ on academic scores, rather we hope to gauge academic merit and potential through various aspects of our selection process
  • We value open-mindedness, curiosity, empathy, teamwork, creativity and self-awareness. We have designed our admissions process to ensure that an applicant gets ample opportunities to display these qualities
  • We are driven by a selection-mindset. When we receive an application, we are looking for reasons to engage with the applicant instead of rejecting applications on singular parameters
  • Finally, we have a need-blind admissions process that runs independently of the need-based financial-aid process. This ensures that every applicant to Krea is evaluated without any reference to their ability to afford the programme fees and every selected applicant is able to attend the programme irrespective of their financial background

With best wishes,
Office of Admissions

  1. Rigorous, merit-driven and holistic
    1. The two-stage admissions process is rigorous and aims to understand every aspect of the applicant’s profile. It goes beyond their scholastic abilities to look for fundamental qualities that form the basis of education outcomes for the University
    2. There is no singular eligibility criteria related to academic or extracurricular achievement
    3. Final selection is based purely on individual merit

  2. Need-blind
    1. Our admissions process ensures that information about the financial background of applicants is not available to the admissions team. This enables any meritorious student to apply and study at Krea irrespective of their financial means
    2. A financial-aid programme is in place to support high potential applicants from challenging socio-economic backgrounds

  3. Commitment to diversity
    1. Krea is committed to building a vibrant community with students bringing in varied life experiences and perspectives cutting across different backgrounds
    2. Given the holistic selection criteria, Krea expects to have students with diverse extra-curricular interests in sports, music, dance, culture, and community service
    3. Our education philosophy is universally relevant and we invite applications from across the globe
    4. Our admissions process accounts for wide variations in academic and evaluation standards as well as opportunities for extracurricular pursuits
The minimum eligibility criteria to apply to Krea’s undergraduate programme commencing in August 2019 is as follows:
  • Applicant should either be in Grade XII or equivalent or should have passed Grade XII or equivalent in their own country of study
  • The applicant should be less than 21 years of age on Aug 1, 2019. In exceptional cases, we may consider applicants over the age of 21 years
  • There is no restriction with respect to the Board of study i.e. applicants from all Boards including ISC, CBSE, State Boards, IB, Cambridge International A levels and other International Examination Boards can apply
  • With respect to International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International A levels, the following policies are applicable:
    1. Students in both IB Diploma and the IB Diploma Course (i.e. IB Certificate) can apply provided that he or she has secured a minimum of 24 credits and passed a minimum of three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL)
    2. Students with Cambridge International A levels in minimum of three subjects can apply
  • There is no minimum cut-off score or extra-curricular achievement required to apply
  1. Step 1: Register to apply
  2. Register on the application portal by entering basic details, verifying email id and mobile number

  3. Step 2: Complete the application
  4. Applicants must choose one of the following modes:
    1. a.Online application (recommended)
    2. b.Offline (hard-copy) application: In case of internet connectivity challenges, you may download the hard-copy application form, fill it offline and courier it to the Office of Admissions
Two stage selection process:

Stage 1

  1. Submission of the application form
  2. Shortlisting for Immersion Day
    • In select cases, we may call for recommendation letters to verify certain aspects of the application

  3. Financial Aid Application opens

Stage 2

  1. Immersion Day

  2. The purpose of the Immersion Day is to assess those qualities in a applicant that shine through in an interactive, hands-on and real-world setting.

    The Immersion Day consists of:

    1. Krea Immersive Case: Our faculty members lead applicants on field visits to sites of historical, economic, social, political or environmental concern. As the faculty members lay out the problem statement, applicants will observe and understand the local context, interact with relevant stakeholders and present their analysis. The case experience will provide applicants a snapshot of Krea’s Interwoven Learning approach in-action.

    2. Reflection essays: Applicants reflect on the Krea Immersive Case by writing about their experience and learning during the field-visit

    3. Conversations: Applicants engage in one-on-one conversations with faculty members

    4. Synopsis: Debrief on the case with faculty and case-related expert

    On the Immersion Day, applicants are expected to bring supporting documents for their application and financial-aid.

  3. Decision on admission

Admission Timeline

Rounds Open Close Invitations for Immersion Day Completion of Immersions Admissions & Financial Aid Decision Acceptance
Round 1 Nov 1, 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Nov 30, 2018 to Dec 30, 2018 Jan 10, 2019 Jan 20, 2019 Feb 10, 2019
Round 2 Dec 16, 2018 Jan 31, 2019 Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 Feb 25, 2019 Mar 6, 2019 Mar 26, 2019
Round 3 Feb 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019 Mar 5, 2019 to 25 Apr, 2019 May 20, 2019 Jun 9, 2019 Jun 30, 2019
Round 4 Apr 16, 2019 Jul 5, 2019 May 5, 2019 to Jul 8, 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Aug 10, 2019

*The round closes at midnight, Indian Standard Time (IST) of the specified closing date of that round.
International candidates are encouraged to apply during rounds 1 and 2. This will ensure enough time to process visa requirements.

Immersion Day locations
  1. Immersion Days will be hosted in the following cities: Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi.
  2. The exact dates and venues for each city will be shared closer to the end of each Round of application.
  3. Subject to application volumes, we may organise Immersion Days in additional cities.
Please note:
  1. We process applications on a rolling basis i.e. the earlier you apply, the sooner your application is processed
  2. Given the limited number of seats, early applications have a better probability of getting selected
  1. Final selection is based purely on individual merit. The decision of the university is final in this regard

  2. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to reject an applicant at any stage in the admissions process if the information provided by the applicant is found to be untrue

  3. Krea University reserves the right to nullify the enrolment of an accepted applicant or dismiss an enrolled student at any time if the information provided by them during the admissions process is found to be untrue at a later stage

Financial Aid


At Krea, we have a need-blind admissions process and a need-based financial aid process that ensures that every admitted student is able to pursue their education at Krea. We have provisioned for varying levels of aid depending on the need of the student. The aid may cover up to 100% of tuition fees and living expenses.

Our Office of Financial Aid runs separately from the Office of Admissions. Data and information contained in your financial aid application is not shared with the Office of Admissions.

We look forward to seeing you at Krea.

With best wishes,
Office of Financial Aid

Step 1: Financial aid form is enabled on the application portal only after the applicant has been shortlisted for Immersion Day

Step 2: Applicants submit the following details on the financial aid form:

  1. Account of income and expenses
  2. Account of assets and liabilities
  3. Income Tax Returns for 3 years of earning members of the household
  4. Financial Statements for two years of the businesses that may be owned by family members

Step 3: Applicants bring all supporting documents to Immersion Day

Step 4: Receive decision on financial aid

Please note: In case the information provided in the financial aid application is insufficient, then the Office of Financial Aid may seek additional information or conduct separate interviews and home visits, as required.

Eligibility for financial-aid is broadly driven by family income. An indicative framework is provided below:

Family Income (per annum) Scholarship (Indicative)
Less than INR 10,00,000 Up to 100% tuition
INR 10,00,000 – 25,00,000 Up to 75% tuition
INR 25,00,000 – 50,00,000 Up to 50% tuition
Greater than INR 50,00,000 NIL

Please note that the final decision is based on a detailed review of all records and information that may be sought from the applicant and other sources.
  1. Krea university reserves the rights to change the quantum, eligibility and process for award of financial-aid from time to time
  2. Based on new information about the student’s financial background, Krea University reserves the right to change or cancel the aid provided
  3. Financial-aid disbursement over the years may be subject to certain conditions such as satisfactory academic progress of the student
  4. At any point, the Office of Financial Aid may seek other financial records such as:
    1. Bank and credit card statements
    2. Electricity, rent and other receipts
    3. Statement of loan accounts and related reports
  5. The Office of Financial Aid may also commission and authorize independent consultants and field staff to conduct on-site checks, if required

Fee structure

  • Tuition fee - INR 6,50,000 per annum
  • Living expenses - INR 1,20,000 per annum (subject to revision every year)
  • Admissions fee at the time of acceptance - INR 35,000
  • One time refundable deposit - INR 50,000


It literally means the ‘freedom to pursue’ different courses of study. It represents an inter-disciplinary perspective to learning, and engages both the right brain and left brain of the student. It spans the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, arts and literature. The student builds foundations in one or more of these disciplines before specializing. Krea’s paradigm of interwoven learning reimagines liberal arts and sciences education in a manner relevant to the future. Liberal, and in turn Krea, does not stand for left liberalism and elitism. We are an institution promoting independent thought and are agnostic to any ideology.

Krea University will offer 3-year undergraduate B.A. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) programmes, with the option of doing an additional year in advanced studies.

“Interwoven learning” represents the weaving together of creativity and action-orientation, the arts and the sciences, left brain and right brain, east and west, and ultimately weaving together the learnings of the past with readiness for the future.

Yes, it will be possible to do a double major. Please visit our website for updates on the curriculum.

Yes, students will be able to pursue an academic minor as well.

Please visit our website for updates on the curriculum.

Yes, Krea will have research centres and incubators both on and off campus. These may be in partnership with other institutes/universities.

Graduate Essay: Students will be assigned an essay in their first year on a question such as “How to Lead a Good Purposeful Life?” that gets them to think beyond themselves. Each student is expected to work on this essay – not more than 3 pages – and keep changing it as their thinking evolves. It will have to be submitted to their advisor before they graduate.

Well Being Requirement: It is important that students develop their mind/body. Students will be encouraged to pursue physical activities like sports, or outdoor activities like hiking, reflective activities like meditation/yoga. During their time at Krea, they will also be required to take and successfully complete a course on any such activity. It will be a non-graded requirement.

Students will also be exposed to a range of co-curricular activities like lectures, seminars, performances, recitals by upcoming/ eminent scholars and artistes. We wish for our students to develop a strong sense of the aesthetic and the intellectual interests that such activities and interactions promote.

Our first batch will start in August 2019, for the academic year 2019-20. The batch size will be 100 - 125. Please visit our website regularly for admission registration/deadlines

Krea will follow a rigorous process that uses multiple criteria to assess for high potential students. Board marks is only one of them.

No, students don’t have to declare their major at the time of admission. They will elect their major during the second year after taking a core of arts and science courses.

Learning at Krea will be rigorous and unique. We will make sure that the grading is fair and presents ample opportunities for high potential students to perform. Please visit our website for updates.

No, Krea will not have its own admission/entrance test for this year. Please visit our website for updates on admission process, accepted test scores etc.

We aim to attract high potential students, to come, learn, contribute and benefit from this wonderful educational experience, regardless of their ability to pay. We follow need-blind admissions enabling any meritorious student to apply and study at the institution. Please see Financial Aid Eligibility under the Admission tab for details.

We’re working on it, and talking to leading institutions for partnerships.

Krea students will graduate with a high level of preparedness to pursue a number of avenues, like higher studies, sit for the civil service exams, join government organisations or the corporate world, work in the NGO sector, join a research or think tank environment, be an entrepreneur or a performing artist. The world will literally be their stage and they will perform.

One of the key pillars of Krea’s programme design is to keep the boundaries between the class room world and the ‘real’ world, porous. To that end, every student will finish at least 2 immersive learning experiences as internships with a range of organizations. Moreover, these projects also have to be signed off by an academic advisor, which further encourages active conversation between the student and their mentor on how these immersive ‘real world’ experiences are connected to their academic course of study.

IFMR Society, the sponsor of the university, has been operating the IFMR Business School on a 40 acre campus, which can accommodate over 400 students, at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. Krea’s courses will commence on this campus. We are in the process of appointing architects to design a green-field and learning-friendly campus that will encourage interwoven learning. It will be spread over 200 acres in Sri City, which is 55 kms north of Chennai.

We believe strongly that learning and intellectual enrichment happens both within the classroom and outside. So Krea will create a safe, secure, exciting residential environment, where students will learn not just from faculty, but from other professionals and their peers. The bonds that are formed by the students should remain lifelong bonds.

Safety and security is a top priority and all appropriate measures will be in place.

If you have any other queries, reach us at admissions@krea.edu.in or 044-30637763

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