Established in 1983, Mahatma Gandhi University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Kottayam (population range: 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Kerala. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) is a very large (enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. MGU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.