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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 singular focus 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.
  • We have a need-blind admissions process and a need-aware financial assistance process that endeavours to support the financial need of a student who wishes to pursue his/her educational aspirations in the University. Assistance provided will depend on multiple assessment parameters, including the income status of the parents / legal guardian.

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 are no singular eligibility criteria related to academic or extracurricular achievement.
    3. Final selection is based purely on individual merit.

  2. Need-blind admissions and need aware financial assistance
    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 be considered at Krea .
    2. A financial Financial Assistance eligibility assistance 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 2020 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, 2020. 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.
  • Applicants who have taken standardised tests which measure the student holistically such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) are encouraged to provide the scores in the application form. Such scores are considered in case they indicate higher merit vis-a-vis the XIIth Board exam scores. In such cases, applicants may get confirmed admission offers. For further details, read the Selection Process section.
  • The College Board Designated Institution (DI) code for Krea is 7632. Indian students can send their scores free to Krea University through their official College Board account.
  • 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 they have 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 need a minimum of three subjects to 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. The application portal for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle is now live.

  3. Step 2: Complete the application
  4. Applicants must fill all the 5 sections of the online application form
  5. Section 1: Personal story
  6. Section 2: Academic section
  7. Section 3: Extra-curricular section
  8. Section 4: Personal details
  9. Section 5: Additional Information

  10. Step 3: Submit the completed form
  11. Applicants must fill all the 6 sections of the online application form
  12. Applicant should submit the completed form along with an application fee payment of Rs. 500 for proceeding with evaluation & admissions process.
  13. Here is a sample application form for your reference.
Two stage selection process:

Stage 1: Online Application Form

  1. Submission of the application form
  2. 2. Shortlisting for Krea Immersive Case (KIC)
    • In select cases, we may call for recommendation letters to verify certain aspects of the application

  3. Financial Assistance Application opens

Stage 2

  1. Krea Immersive Case (KIC)

  2. The purpose of the Krea Immersive Case is to assess those qualities in an applicant that shine through in an interactive, hands-on and real-world setting. The case experience also provides applicants a snapshot of Krea’s Interwoven Learning approach in-action.

    The Krea Immersive Case consists of:

    1. Field visit: 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 and interact with relevant stakeholders.

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

    3. Quantitative and Logical reasoning test: Applicants take the quantitative and logical reasoning test consisting of a series of questions covering various aspects of elementary mathematical and logical thinking. The test does not assume any specific preparation, or mathematical prerequisites beyond a typical secondary school level.members

    4. Group Discussion and Presentation: Applicants work in groups to deliberate the problem statement presented in the Krea Immersive Case and make a presentation to a panel comprising faculty and admissions team members.

    5. Conversations: Applicants engage in conversations with a panel comprising faculty and admissions team members

    On the day of the Krea Immersive Case, applicants are expected to bring supporting documents in original and photocopies for their application and financial-aid..

  3. Decision on admission
    1. Based on the information provided by the applicant and the evaluation scores awarded across the two stages of selection, the applicant may receive the following decisions:

      1. Confirmed offer of admission: Applicants who have done well across the two stages of selection and meet our selection benchmarks and have also got, either the actual XIIth Board scores or SAT/ACT test scores (as explained in the eligibility section), may get confirmed admission offer. For such applicants, the following scenarios are applicable:
      1. Applicants whose actual XIIth Board scores (not predicted scores) are the primary indicator of merit may receive confirmed admission offers.
      2. Applicants whose SAT/ACT have been considered as the primary indicator of merit vis-a-vis their actual or predicted XIIth Board scores may also receive confirmed admission offers. However, for Indian students, there will be a minimum condition of passing the XIIth Board exams to fulfill the legal norms for undergraduate education.

    2. Conditional offer of admission: Applicants, who meet our selection benchmark based on their predicted XIIth Board scores may receive conditional admission offers. The condition will typically be meeting the predicted scores or achieving a specific target score. In the eventuality that the actual scores obtained fall short of the predicted or specific target scores, the final decision will be based on whether the difference in scores still fulfills the selection benchmark.
    3. In addition, if the applicant submits an SAT/ACT score after receiving a conditional offer, the SAT/ACT score can be taken into account for changing the conditional offer of admission to a confirmed offer of admission.

    4. Denial of admission: Applicants may be denied admission at any stage of selection.
      1. Stage 1: Applicants with online application profile comprising actual XIIth Board scores who have not met the selection benchmark of getting shortlisted for the Krea Immersive Case, will not be offered admission. For such applicants, the process ends at Stage 1.
      2. Stage 2: Applicants with a final score comprising the Krea Immersive Case scores and actual XIIth Board scores, who have not met the selection benchmark, will not be offered admission

    5. Deferral for Immersion / admission offer: Applicants may receive a deferral of decision at any stage of the admissions process in the following scenarios:
      1. Stage 1: Applicants whose scores based on evaluation of application form, does not meet the benchmark, may be deferred shortlisting for the Krea Immersive Case. They could be shortlisted for the Krea Immersive Case at a later stage subject to obtaining superior actual XIIth Board scores, which may help them meet the shortlisting benchmark.
      2. Stage 2: Applicants who have gone through the Krea Immersive Case, but whose overall performance does not meet the selection benchmark in the applicant pool at that stage, will be deferred. This may change subject to obtaining better than predicted scores in XIIth Boards or an improved relative position of the applicant in the total pool of applicants.
        During either stage, if the applicant takes up SAT/ACT, he/she can share the scores for inclusion in their admission evaluation and processing.

Timeline for Krea's undergraduate programme commencing August, 2020

Admissions at Krea University

The Krea Immersion Case (KIC) will now be an online process.

  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 Assistance


At Krea, we have a need- blind admission process and a need-aware financial assistance process that endeavours to support the financial need of a student who wishes to pursue his/her educational aspirations in the University. Assistance provided will depend on the income status of the parents / legal guardian, but will take into account other assessment parameters as well.

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

We look forward to seeing you at Krea.

With best wishes,
Office of Financial Assistance

Step 1: Financial assistance form is enabled on the application portal only after the applicant has been shortlisted for Krea Immersive Case (KIC) Day

Step 2: Applicants submit the following details on the financial assistance 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 on Krea Immersive Case (KIC) Day

Step 4: Receive decision on financial assistance

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

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

Family Income Financial Assistance
Less than INR 10,00,000 Up to 100% tuition fees that may also include living expenses depending on actual income and other related parameters
INR 10,00,000 – 50,00,000 Up to 75% tuition fees depending on actual income and other related parameters
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-assistance from time to time
  2. Based on any new information about the student’s financial background, Krea University reserves the right to change or cancel the assistance provided
  3. Financial-assistance 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 Assistance may seek latest 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 Assistance may also commission and authorize independent consultants and field staff to conduct on-site checks, if required

In an effort to make world-class education affordable to all, Krea University has collaborated with the following banks and financial institutions to enable students to explore education loan options.
It may be noted that Krea University will only facilitate access to education loans from these banks without any obligation on its part.


WeMakeScholars is an organization funded and supported by the IT Ministry, Govt of India with a motive to offer unbiased education loan support to aspirants. They are associated with 10+ public/banks and NBFCs in India and provide assistance to find the best education loan matching your profile. This application process is a free of charge initiative under the Digital Indian campaign which has benefited more than 10,000 students.
Loan amount- upto Rs 60 lacs funding 100% of the total expenses (course fee and living expenses)
Rate of interest - from 7.6%
Repayment tenure- up to 15 years
Moratorium Period - course Period + six months
No prepayment closure charges
100% tax benefit for interest paid under Sec (80E)

You can directly apply, here - https://www.wemakescholars.com/recommends/krea-university

For further information, please reach out to Indumathy at Mobile: +91 9393344424 or email ID hello@wemakescholars.com

  • Axis Bank
  • A customized special Education Loan is made available for students of BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons).

    • Loan Amount: Minimum Rs. 7.5 lacs to Maximum 95% of the total course fee
    • Rate of Interest - Floating rate of 11.5 %* (linked to REPO RATE)
    • No Prepayment Charges
    • Repayment Tenure as Long as 10 Years
    • 100% Tax Benefit for interest paid under Sec (80E)

    For complete details including eligibility, please contact Sivakumar K, Mobile: +919962596990, EMail ID : (sivakumar.k@axisbank.com) or Gowrishankar M, Mobile: +919600999638, Email ID: (gowrishankar1.m@axisbank.com).

    • HDFC Credila
      • Loan Amount: 100%
      • Rate of Interest: 11.5% - 12 % Floating ( Based on profile)
      • Repayment Tenure: Maximum 14 years
      • Repayment Details: Flexible repayment options – Direct EMI, Pre EMI, Full interest ( Based on profile)
      • 100% Tax Benefit for interest paid under Sec (80E)

      For complete details including eligibility, please contact Rajendran R, Sr. Manager - Sales, HDFC Credila Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., Contact No: +91 8939653891/+91 44 2836 9353.

    • ICICI Bank
      • Loan Amount: Min Rs 1 Lakh and Max up to Rs 20 Lakhs
      • Rate of Interest - 12 %*
      • No Prepayment Charges
      • Repayment Type in Moratorium - EMI/Simple Interest
      • Repayment Period after Moratorium - EMI repayment of 5 - 7 years after Moratorium
      • Moratorium Period - Course Period +Six Months

      For complete details including eligibility, please contact Sampath A, Mobile: +91 8939807895/ 9941504900, Email: sampath.a@icicibank.com or Sunitha Shetty, Email ID: sunitha.shetty@icicibank.com, Contact No. +91 8767260551.

    *Subject to changes as per market conditions.

India Scholars Programme

Get up to 100% scholarship for your entire duration of study at Krea with the College Board India Scholars Program. Apply with your SAT score.

College Board India Scholars Program in partnership with Krea University

Students in India who score 1300 or above on the SAT® will be recognized as Top Performers by the College Board at the end of April on an annual basis. Top Performers who demonstrate significant financial need, defined as family income less than INR 8,00,000 per annum, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship for the entire duration of their programme of study at Krea University. The family income will be verified by scholarship administration partner, Buddy4Study.

Read more about the College Board India Scholars Program on www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard

Discount on SAT test fee

College Board is also offering a 90% reduction on the SAT test fee and an opportunity to take the SAT at just ~Rs. 700 to students with family income less than INR 8,00000 per annum and 50% reduction on the SAT fee i.e. take the SAT at ~ Rs. 3600 to students with family income less than INR 15,00,000 per annum. See how to request fee vouchers at www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard

Fee Structure

  • Application Fee - One-time payment of INR 500, non-refundable
  • Tuition fee - INR 6,75,000 per annum (subject to revision every year)
  • Living expenses* - INR 1,50,000 per annum (subject to revision every year)
  • Admissions fee at the time of acceptance - INR 35,000
  • One-time refundable deposit - INR 25,000 (payable just before entry on campus)
  • *Please note that living expenses include launderette costs up to Rs.500 per month

Fee Payment Schedule (Subject to Financial Assistance)

Installment Payment Deadline Admission Fee Tuition Fee Living Expense Total Payable
Acceptance Fee For each round of application as per specified dates** INR 35,000 INR 50,000 NA INR 85,000
Trimester 1
Installment 1 For each round of application as per specified dates** NA INR 50,000 NA INR 50,000
Installment 2 For each round of application as per specified dates** NA INR 75,000 NA INR 75,000
Installment 3 For each round of application as per specified dates** NA INR 25,000 INR 50,000 INR 75,000
Trimester 2 Fee 30th October 2020 NA INR 2,25,000 INR 50,000 INR 2,75,000
Trimester 3 Fee 26th February 2021 NA INR 2,50,000 INR 50,000 INR 3,00,000
Total INR 35,000 INR 6,75,000 INR 1,50,000 INR 8,60,000 ***

***The one-time refundable deposit of INR 25,000 will be payable just before entry on campus.

Note: Applicable for Class of 2020

**Specified dates for each round:

Last Date for Payments
Rounds Offer release date Acceptance Fee Trimester 1 fees – 1st Installment Trimester 1 fees – 2nd Installment Trimester 1 fees – 3rd Installment
Round – 1 10th Feb 2020 1st March 2020 13th April 2020 15th June, 2020 1st July, 2020
Round – 2 1st May, 2020 1st June, 2020 1st July, 2020 21st July, 2020 10th August, 2020
Round – 3 20th June, 2020 1st July, 2020 15th July, 2020 1st August, 2020 10th August, 2020
Round – 4 31st July, 2020 10th August, 2020 17th August, 2020 17th August, 2020 23rd August, 2020

Tentative notified last date of admission: 25th August, 2020

Refund Policy

Krea University's refund policy conforms to the norms set by UGC is in accordance with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Notification on “UGC Notification Reg.: Refund of Fees and Non-Retention of Original Certificates”, which was published on their website on November 2, 2018, please click here. The table below details the same:

The tentative notified last date of admissions: 25th August, 2020

Sr. No. Percentage of Refund of Aggregate fees Date when notice of withdrawal of admission is served to Krea Krea will refund if the withdrawal request is received on or before
1 100% 15 days or more before the formally-notified last date of admission 10th Aug 2020
2 90% Within 15 days before the formally- notified last date of admission. 25th Aug 2020
3 80% Within 15 days after the formally-notified last date of admission 9th Sept 2020
4 50% Between 16 days and 30 days after the formally- notified last date of admission 24th Sept 2020
5 0% More than 30 days after the formally- notified last date of admission No refund for requests received on or later than 24th Sept 2020


  1. An amount of 5% of the fees paid by the student subject to a maximum of Rs. 5,000/- as processing charges from the refundable amount will be deducted towards processing charges before making the refund wherever applicable.
  2. The one-time Deposit of INR 25,000/- will be refunded at the time of graduation from Krea University or withdrawal of admission subject to recoveries, if any, pending from the student.
  3. Fees shall be refunded to an eligible student within fifteen days from the date of receiving a written application from him/her in this regard. Requests for refund should be made to the Office of Admission at admissions@krea.edu.in

Academic Calendar 2019-2020


It literally means the ‘freedom to pursue’ different courses of study. It represents an interdisciplinary 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.

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

Krea University offers 3-year undergraduate B.A. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) programmes, with the option of pursuing an additional year in advanced studies. Students may choose to pursue a combination of concentration majors and minors offered, including a double major concentration.

Krea’s first cohort, with 113 students started in August 2019, for the academic year 2019-20. To know more about the admissions timeline for the next cohort, please keep checking our website.

Students will be exposed to a range of co-curricular activities like lectures, seminars, performances, recitals by upcoming/ eminent scholars and artists. We wish for our students to develop a strong sense of the aesthetic and intellectual interests that such activities and interactions promote. There are several student clubs and committees on campus to engage and nurture a diverse set of extra-curricular interests that our students have.

Well Being Requirement: It is also important to us that students develop their mind and body. Students are encouraged to pursue physical activities like sports, 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.

Graduate Essay: To inculcate mindfulness and enable our students to reflect upon their journey at Krea, students are assigned an essay in their first year on question along the lines of “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.

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

At Krea, faculty and students together form vibrant, cutting-edge learning communities in which highly trained specialists assist novice practitioners in their journey towards expertise, individually and as a collective, with academic integrity and a strong sense of ethics overall as our hallmark. In each Krea student, we seek to hone imagination, depth, and the ability to deliver, in academic contexts and beyond.

In such a view, assessment is not merely grading. It forms a continuous and rigorous evaluative process by which we trace each student’s learning and academic trajectories in order to discover and unleash potential. It is also a means to signpost challenges students may face as part of their academic growth. To fulfil these larger goals, each course at Krea will involve multiple assessment touch points with continual feedback. Students will tackle—and be assessed on—a variety of assignments that elicit depth and breadth of understanding and critical inquiry, as course, major, discipline, and our interwoven learning philosophy demand.

Krea students will graduate with a high level of preparedness to pursue a vast number of avenues like pursuing higher studies, appearing for the civil service exams, joining government organisations or the corporate world, working in a non-profit, research or think tank environment, being 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 classroom world and the ‘real’ world, porous. To that end, every student will complete at least two immersive learning experiences as internships with a range of organizations which may be community-based, corporate, academic or industry. These projects will be in consultation with an academic advisor and a career advisor, encouraging active conversation between students 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 Graduate School of Business on a 40-acre campus, accommodating over 400 students at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. Krea’s courses will commence on this campus. Krea’s main campus, designed to be a green-field and learning-friendly, will be spread over 200 acres in Sri City, 55 kms north of Chennai, and is expected to be in place by 2022.

We believe strongly that learning and intellectual enrichment happens both within the classroom and outside. Krea creates a safe, secure and exciting residential environment, where students will learn not just from faculty, but from other professionals and their peers and form lifelong bonds.

We are strongly committed to creating a safe and secure campus for our students. The campus is enclosed by well-lit perimeter fencing topped with barbed wire and all access gates including pathways have 24x7 security staff. There are CCTV cameras with recording systems installed at critical areas around campus for safety of students. All external personnel and visitors are issued ID cards and all vehicles are checked during entry and exit. In addition, all campus fire and security measures are overseen by retired senior personnel from the Police and Armed Forces. The security team at Krea also works proactively with the local police establishment to provide a safe environment for students within the larger vicinity of the campus.

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.

Krea does not have its own admissions entrance exam for this year. However, as a part of the stage 2 (Krea Immersive Case Day) of our admissions process, a quantitative reasoning test is conducted. We also encourage students to submit SAT and ACT scores if they have taken the test, albeit it is not mandatory. Please visit our website for more information on the admissions process, sample application format and question papers.

No, students may only apply in one round. Any duplication of application across rounds will result in its disqualification.

Letters of recommendation are an optional aspect and not mandated to be provided by the student during application. However, the Office of Admissions may reach out to select candidates for recommendations in case certain aspects of their application may require additional support.

No, offline applications are not accepted. Please visit our website to access the online application form.

Krea aims to attract high potential students, to come, learn, contribute and benefit from this wonderful educational experience, regardless of their ability to pay. We follow a need-blind admissions process and a need aware financial assistance process that endeavours to support the financial need of a student who wishes to pursue his/her educational aspirations in the University. Assistance provided will depend on multiple assessment parameters, including the income status of the parents / legal guardian.

Students become eligible to apply for financial assistance via an online financial assistance application form once they have been shortlisted for Stage 2 of the admissions process (KIC Day). Students will receive communication regarding this on their registered email addresses.

Please see Financial Assistance Eligibility under the Admission tab for more details.

We are working on establishing partnerships and are in talks with leading financial institutions to enable students to take out loans.

You can call our admission counsellors at 044 71650234 or you can write to us at admissions@krea.edu.in