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The academic strategy of NIFT embraces a global approach. The core activities of the institute have enhanced its international visibility and standing. NIFT has strategic agreements and partnerships with about 19 leading international fashion institutes & organisations that share the same academic direction, integrating NIFT students with the global mainstream of fashion.

International collaborations allow students to experience ‘study abroad’ options through exchange programmes. This initiative provides an excellent opportunity to NIFT students, selected for the exchange programme, to interact with students from various geographies, encouraging them to broaden their vision and understand different cultures. The opportunity can be undertaken by the students across NIFT campuses and all course disciplines. To provide an academic gradient, the institute’s international linkages allow the students to participate in international competitions / seminars / research / exhibitions and other events.

NIFT students at all campuses are encouraged to participate in international events and competitions.The students have participated and won laurels in several prestigious international competitions like Edinburgh Design Competition, Scotland, World of Wearable Arts, New Zealand, Mittelmoda Premio, World of Wearable Art, New Zealand; Arts of Fashion Foundation USA; Triumph Inspirational awards, IAF Designer Awards in Medellin Colombia; Click! Japan Photo Contest Exhibition, Knitting For Juliet Italy; MAX Design Awards; E.A.T-Exporting Art Together.

The institute also attracts international students who come and experience its academic and cultural richness. Through the exchange programmes, students from overseas institutes have developed valuable insight not just into Indian culture, arts & crafts but have also understood the Indian market and its dynamics. The students of Management & Technology have had invaluable exposure to production techniques that cater to high fashion demands of the global marketplace.

The strategic alliances encourage academic enhancement at faculty level as well. Faculty exchange and joint research initiatives ensure that the institute’s teaching methods and facilities are constantly updated & upgraded to be at par with the best institutes in the world. To facilitate exchange of teaching pedagogy, concepts and professional ideas, the faculty at NIFT participates in academic exchange programmes, international fairs, seminars, exhibitions, conferences and trade shows thereby bringing their substantial experience to the classroom thus enriching the knowledge pool at NIFT.


NIFT had entered into a strategic alliance with Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, USA. The partnership encompasses a landmark achievement and first of its kind at NIFT. This new international dimension allows select meritorious students from NIFT, the unique opportunity to obtain a Dual Degree from both NIFT and FIT. Students from NIFT undertake two years study at the home institute intercepted by one year of study at FIT. Thereafter, the students resume their studies at NIFT to obtain the Dual Degree from both the institutes. 44 students have been selected by FIT, USA for undertaking the one year AAS programme as part of dual degree from August 2023 to June 2024.

Some of the key international linkages of NIFT:

S no. International Universities Area
1 The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)                                                 USA
2 Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) Italy
3 Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT) France
4 Schweizerische Textil fachschule STF Switzerland
5 KEA- Copenhagen School of Design and Technology Denmark
6 EnaMoma France
7 Politecnico di Milano (PDM) Italy
8 Saxion University of Applied Sciences Netherlands
9 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia
10 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia
11 BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT) Bangladesh
12 Namuna College of Fashion Technology (NCFT) Nepal
13 Arts University Bournemouth UK
14 Nordic Centre in India Secretariat at Tampere University Finland
15 University of Boras Sweden
16 Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design New Zealand
17 Massey University New Zealand

NIFT has annual membership of the following organisations:

1 Annual Membership of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), A global network of International Fashion and Textile Institutes
2 Annual Membership of Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media