What is Medium of Instructions (MOI) in India and why MOI certificate is needed?

In India, depending upon the state you live in, your educational medium of instruction is different. But why does it matters? Some organizations ask for the medium of instruction certificate. Who needs that? Why would someone need a certificate of the medium of instruction? And what exactly is a medium of instruction? In this article, we are going to learn everything about MOI and its importance.

What is Medium of Instruction (MOI)?

The medium of instruction refers to the language of teaching in your school, college or university. MOI in your institute doesn’t need to be the same as the official language of your country or state. While the official language of India is Hindi and English, the MOI in your institute can be Odia, Gujrati, Marathi, Malayalam or any other language depending upon your state. 

In many institutes, MOI can be bilingual too. Many institutes in Madhya Pradesh use both English and Hindi language as mediums of Instruction. Therefore MOI means the language of instruction in institutes.

The institute you studied in or the university to which your institute is affiliated, issues the certificate for MOI. But why this certificate? 

What is the need for a Medium of Instruction certificate?

MOI certificate is needed when you are planning to study abroad. You need to prove that you are proficient in the English language and can successfully complete the course in English speaking countries. Well yes, there are exams such as TOEFL and IELTS that can prove your proficiency and MOI can serve as an alternative to these exams. But remember, not all universities accept MOI. In those cases, you need to clear your IELTS or TOEFL exam.

Who requires a Medium of Instruction certificate?

MOI is asked by many universities along with English language tests. There are many individual cases where a candidate meets all the criteria for a particular course and in such cases, MOI can be considered as an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS marks. The top universities that accept the medium of Instruction certificates for their foreign applicants are

  • Queens Mary University of London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Winnipeg
  • University of Regina
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Memorial University
  • California State University
  • Western Washington University 
  • Drew University Madison
  • Notre Dame De Namur University 
  • Illinois State University
  • Schiller International University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Park University

Medium of Instruction in India. Will your MOI certificate be relevant?

In India, the medium of instructions differs state by state. Though a huge percentage of universities in India have English as the medium of instruction, a few of them have their mother language as a medium of instruction. Here is a list of a few Indian states depicting different mediums of instructions:

StateMedium of Instruction apart from English
1Andhra PradeshTelugu
10Tamil NaduTamil
12West BengalBengali

How does a Medium of certificate look like?

It is a simple certificate issued on the official letterhead of the university. Unlike the online transcripts of records, it may or may not mention the subjects and their scores. A sample MOI certificate from Parul University in Gujarat is attached below. 

A typical Medium of Instruction certificate includes the following details:

  1. Name of the student
  2. Enrolment or university roll number
  3. Name of the course completed
  4. Duration of the course
  5. The language of instruction i.e. MOI
  6. Miscellaneous – Some universities may include your character certificate, migration certificate, your overall CGPA, the purpose of the certificate, etc.

How to Apply for Medium of Instruction?

Worldwide transcript is a professional body that serves students in providing electronic transcript, certificate attestation, medium of instruction and other documentation needs. Once you apply for MOI or transcript, our executive will get in touch with you for the collection of required documents. You need to submit self-attested copies of the marksheet, address proof, ID proof, etc. We will contact the respective universities and get your documents delivered on time at very reasonable rates.


Hope you are clear about what MOI is, who requires it, who issues it and how you can apply for the same. We wish your foreign study experience is full of joy and happiness. If you still have any doubt, please let us know. Our expert counsellors will make your study abroad experience memorable.