Education in Pakistan is supplied by public and private institutions. Technical Education too follows the pattern set by general education and includes Polytechnic Institutes and Government Colleges of Technologies. Pakistan offers the international student a strong base of Engineering and Medical Education and there a number of world standard colleges and universities.
Education in the private sector is flourishing in the country and offers high standard of education and good facilities. All classes in private universities are conducted in English. Large proportions of the instructors at these institutions are foreign degree holders and highly qualified. The Quality Standard world University Ranking place two Pakistani universities in the top 200 Technology Universities of the world while eleven others are in the World Top 1000. Each university establishes its own admission criteria with most of them having application forms available online.
The Sufi tradition and Sufi music of Pakistan is world famous. The country is home to numerous Sufi music singers and intellectuals, who are a draw for a large number of students wishing to follow in their footpaths. It is also possible to enrol in short term certificate courses in a wide range of subjects including IT, Management, Humanities to name a few. Most of the courses last from six to eight weeks with a few lasting as long as one year.
To be eligible for study visa, the student has to be admitted a university first. When this happens the university will automatically send a copy of admission letter to the Higher Education Commission to confirm and endorse admission to the Ministry of Interior. The student simply goes to the Pakistan mission in home country and submits the Student visa form along with a photocopy of passport, photographs, educational documents and the letter of admission to get the visa.