Indians make up one of the largest applicant pools for colleges abroad. Thousands leave the country every year to study abroad. The reasons vary, from finding better colleges abroad, and fulfilling parents’ expectations, to furthering one’s career and so on. Indians can be found in pretty much all kinds of colleges- from top tier universities to mid-tier colleges offering great scholarships.
If you’re one of those eager beavers looking to study abroad, you might be wondering which countries Indians prefer the most. We’ve prepared a handy list for you. The below are the top study abroad destinations for Indians.
1. The United States of America:
Although this can be an expensive affair, the US remains a popular choice among Indians for higher education. The obvious reasons being the wide variety of colleges all over the country, and the excellent teaching. Furthermore, with a great application and the right college choice, you can even wrangle yourself a nice scholarship. And who wouldn’t want a free- or a partially paid- ride through college?
2. The United Kingdom:
The UK has been a favorite among Indians. Favorites include Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews, along with Cardiff, Imperial and so on. UK colleges are particularly famous with those who prefer to do one year Master’s programs over the typical US two year ones. Admissions requirements include the IELTS exam, and not the TOEFL. However, recent changes in visa have caused a drop in the number of Indians studying in the UK.
For more information: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings
Europe’s largest economy has become a favorite for those wanting to do higher studies in engineering, European Studies and so on. A huge benefit would be getting admission in one of Germany’s famous free universities. Learning the basics of German language can even get you a scholarship. Furthermore, Germany has beautiful castles, interesting food and great beer!
Plenty of people head down under to study a variety of subjects. The Australian government is super welcoming when it comes to international students. There is plenty of financial aid available to help you bear the cost of education. And from what we hear, it’s pretty easy to find internships and apprenticeships too. Furthermore, this is the country that gave us Masterchef Australia! Why wouldn’t you want to study here?
For more information: http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/rankings/
Labeled as the most romantic country in the world, and a cultural melting pot in Europe, France has many institutions providing excellent education for many years- from Humanities and Arts, to Business and Economics. Once not-so-popular thanks to the language barrier, France is becoming well-known for having very international programs. With an Alliance Francaise in every city in India, language isn’t even really a problem anymore. And besides, the program you join might offer language lessons too. If you’re a Francophile, willing to learn a new language and prefer Europe over the US, France is your answer.
If you’re more interested in studying in the east, while experiencing a very interesting culture, Japan is your answer. Universities like Tokyo University and Kyoto University frequently feature in lists of top universities in the world. If you’re vying for a multimedia program, Japanese Studies or technical degrees, research this lovely country. Moreover, you can enquire at your local Japanese embassy/consulate for scholarship opportunities too.
For more information: http://www.4icu.org/jp/
And the choices don’t end here. There are many other countries with great institutions offering excellent education to students from other countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada. Furthermore, for those who don’t want to leave the comforts of home, there is always the choice of enrolling in an online degree.