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Round 1 admissions open for B.A. (Hons.) and B.Sc. (Hons.) Nov 1, 2019

Shaping impactful, ethical leaders for the future



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-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.
  • 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 will be live on 1st November, 2019.

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

    7. Step 3: Submit the completed form
    8. Applicants must fill all the 6 sections of the online application form
      1. Applicant should submit the completed form along with an application fee payment of Rs. 500 for proceeding with evaluation & admissions process.
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.

Admissions at Krea University

* 'The university reserves the right to conduct an additional fourth round in the months of June-July, 2020.

Krea Immersive Case (KIC) locations:
  1. KICs will be hosted in the following cities: Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, Delhi, Coimbatore.
  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 KICs in fewer/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 Assistance


At Krea, 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.

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 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-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
  • * subject to revision

Fee payment schedule

Note: Applicable for (2019)

Instalment Month Admission Fee One Time Refundable Deposit Tuition Fee Living Expense Total Payable
At the time of offer acceptance For each round of application as per specified dates INR 35,000 INR 50,000 NA NA INR 85,000
Before the registration for the programme (Trimester 1) Before 1st August 2019 NA NA INR 2,00,000 INR 40,000 INR 2,40,000
On or before registration for Trimester 2 1st November 2019 NA NA INR 2,00,000 INR 40,000 INR 2,40,000
On or before registration for Trimester 3 28th February 2020 NA NA INR 2,50,000 INR 40,000 INR 2,90,000
Total INR 35,000 INR 50,000 INR 6,50,000 INR 1,20,000 INR 8,55,000


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Refund policy

Krea University's refund policy conforms to the norms set by UGC. The table below details the same:

Sr. No. Percentage of Refund of Aggregate fees Point of time when notice of withdrawal of admission is served to Krea Krea will make this refund if the withdrawal request is received on or before
1 100% 15 days or more before the formally-notified last date of admission 28th July 2019
2 90% Within 15 days before the formally notified last date of admission. 12th Aug 2019
3 80% Within 15 days after the formally-notified last date of admission 26th August, 2019
4 50% Between 16 days and 30 days after the formally notified last date of admission. 10th Sept 2019
5 0% More than 30 days after the formally notified last date of admission No refund for requests received on or later than 11 Sept 2019


  1. Notified last date of admission is 12th August 2019.
  2. An amount of INR 1,000/- will be deducted towards processing charges before making the refund wherever applicable.
  3. The one-time Deposit of INR 50,000/- will be refunded at the time of graduation from Krea University or withdrawal of admission subject to recoveries, if any, pending from the student.
  4. 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 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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