FAQ

[Generally..] Sunday to Wednesday: 17:30 - 19:30.

Primary location for Seminar Programs:
Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth,
House 60, Road 7A, Dhanmondi - 1209
Map: http://bit.ly/ARBMap 

Different programs may take place in different places, filed visits outside of Dhaka my be necessary.

Standard subscription charge for 4 week long sessions: 15,000 BDT (~ 175 USD)
Standard subscription charge for 2 week long sessions: 8,000 BDT (~ 95 USD)

All our subscription charges are heavily subsidised (thanks to Bengal Foundation and other partners and supporters).

(All payments are payable online only, via any credit/debit cards or mobile-banking bKash, Rocket etc. Shorter sessions, special sessions, training/workshop programs may have different charges. Check with the individual program details).

No. You have to signup and pay for the whole session.

Eligibility to Apply

Anyone from any discipline with a minimum bachelor’s degree or a final-year undergraduate studentship.

*No. Anyone with a minimum diploma or bachelor’s degree or a final-year studentship in any discipline may apply:

No. Participants from any country (who is legally eligible to visit Bangladesh) may apply.

No, the sessions are independent.
If anyone is unable to continue with a session they are enrolled in, they can apply for upcoming sessions.

Yes. If you simply apply again, your previous application will be void and we will initiate the selection and admission process from scratch. If you do not want to apply again but wish to continue your last admission process, write to us, we will re-consider your previous application.

Admission Process

Apply online. Go through the application form http://bit.ly/BIApply, for any question please write to [email protected]

You have to pay BDT 300 (payable online only) one time, non-refundable fee with the application, it is exempted for alumni and for those who have applied and paid it before.

There is no arrangement for applying on paper form or paying cash.

Wait. It may take several days or weeks for us to check all the application and select the participants. 

You will hear from us via email if you are selected or not. You may have to pay the required subscription charges and other fees (if any) "after" you receive the selection email. Write to [email protected] or call/text +8801844050599, +8801844050707 if you would like to check the status of your application.

Generally, no; the selection is mostly done based on the online form.
Portfolio may be asked on a case by case basis, and for special sessions that requires specific design skills to enroll.

Generally, no. Most of our selections are done through the online application only. 
However, the Admission Office may call the applicants for online, over-the-phone or in-person interviews as part of the selection process on a case by case basis.

For new applicants
Primarily, we select the applicants for any academic program based on what they write in the online application form. The 200 words short statement about the given subject plays the most important role. We also some time call for interview and/or portfolio to make the final decision, on a case by case basis.

Plagiarism is grounds for immediate disqualification.

For alumni/returning participants
Alumni are generally admitted by default, without any selection process. Although, when there is a shortage of seats, they are selected based on their past activities at the Institute, that may include their attendance record and aptitude.

We will ask for 
1. Copy of your National ID Card (for Bangladeshi citizens) or copy of your passport (for International participants).
2. A scanned copy of your head-shot photograph.
- after your selection and admission is done.

Yes. Everyone must apply for every session and program separately.
Those who are alumni or have applied before will have to go through a shorter application form and they don't need to pay the 300 BDT application fee.

Payments

No. You must pay online using our own card or mobile banking account or you can use your friends' or family's accounts, as instructed on our payment instruction page.

If you are still having trouble paying online call us or write to us, we might be able to arrange something for you.

No. All our subscription charges are already heavily subsidised, and it generally contributes to only a tiny portion of the actual expenses. Bengal Foundation and occasionally other partners generously sponsor the programs to keep the subscription charges, entry fees etc. affordable. Oftentimes many of the programs are offered for completely free of cost.

Still, we might consider exceptional cases, please write to us at [email protected] with details.

Facilities

Standard maximum: 24 participants.
It may vary from program to program, depending on the nature and venue of the activities.

Yes.
Evening snacks, tea-coffee etc. are served at the regular seminar programs for free.

The architecture/studio facilities will be outfitted with standard provisions for seminars and workshops. 

We generally provide all shared materials for free, tools and stationary for personal use are to be brought by the participants.

Printing and photocopying facilities are provided free of cost, availability depends on the venue of the program.

Depends on the venue of the activities.
There will be no transportation facility if the program is taking place in Dhanmondi. 

Transportation is generally provided for no extra cost for offi-site programs.

Accreditation

After completing an academic session with Bengal Institute by maintaining satisfactory attendance record and other requirements, you will get a certificate that mentions the title of the Session(s), dates of participation and names of the faculties who were involved in the program, signed by the Director of Academic Program and the Director General of Bengal Institute.

This certificate is not a degree or a diploma.

It should help you in your future endeavors for higher studies and professional career, however Bengal Institute's certificates are not accredited or officially recognised by any organisation, universities or professional accreditation bodies, yet.

No. It is not a degree, neither it is accredited by any organisation or university.