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Dean's Message

Our vision is to elevate the Institute’s global engagement to world-class standards, leveraging our highly-regarded alumni as “catalysts” in the process. Our mission is to develop strong and sustainable international partnerships with research laboratories, academic institutions, industry, and entrepreneurs in order to meet the aspirations of our faculty & student communities.

Our strategic objectives in the context of international relations encompass:

  • faculty exchanges where research interests converge,
  • research scholar exchanges where faculty collaborations are active,
  • joint degree programs where faculty & student collaborations are strong & sustainable,
  • “Study Abroad” programs to enhance mobility of undergraduate students,
  • MOUs with like-minded Institutes of high caliber to stre

    Prof. R. Nagarajan
    Dean, International &
    Alumni Relations


Welcome to IIT MADRAS!

We welcome and value the richness you bring to the University and the community. Our goal is to support your academic success by helping you navigate the challenges you encounter as an international student or scholar. The Office of International Relations assists you with the immigration-related aspects of your stay in IIT Madras. We are committed to being a reliable, efficient, and professional resource, and we consider ourselves your advocates in the University and beyond. Information for international employees and researchers who plan to come to the University and for those who have very recently arrived.

About the Campus

IIT Madras is located in the city of Chennai which is also the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and comparatively a new city, about 350 years old (1639). The city was formerly known as Madras and was renamed Chennai, which evolved from old name 'Chennapatnam'. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world known as 'Marina' beach. The climate is generally hot and humid. In summer (May - July) the temperature reaches up to 42° C (


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