The young generation of India is smart, vibrant, and capable. They have the strength and willpower that can take them places. And when it comes to studies, Indian students are excelling in every stream. Many global universities have seen a steady rise in the number of Indian students enrolling for post graduation degree courses away from their home country. This is because the Indian job market welcomes a degree from a top international university as compared to an Indian’s Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Although, getting admission in an International Institution can be a hard nut to crack.

But, there are several student loans and scholarships made available for young scholars who demonstrate academic excellence. It needs strict financial planning to manage costs while studying abroad. Lastly, it is imperative for the aspirants to choose the perfect university that suits their interest – after all, you should do what you think you are good at and enjoy doing it. Here’s a list of countries that students can consider for pursuing their higher studies. Also, don’t forget to have a travel insurance policy in place when you travel abroad –

1. The USA

The United States of America tops the list of countries for Indian students who want to continue their higher studies abroad. With a wide range of top-tier universities, the USA has currently above 9,00,000 international students within its borders. Not only Indians, but Chinese, Indonesian, and South Korean students prefer the USA over other countries. There are approx 1.3 lakh, Indian students, pursuing their higher studies in the USA at the moment. Business management, engineering, physical and life sciences, maths and computer sciences, and social sciences are some of the popular courses offered in the country.

2. The UK

The United Kingdom has some of the most prestigious universities in the world, for example- Cambridge and Oxford. There are several courses available for Indian students in the UK that varies from UG to PG degrees. Around 25,000 Indian students are currently studying in the country. All the more, several other factors attract students there, including student scholarships, better standard of living and friendly environment. Fine and applied arts, business management, social sciences, and physical and life sciences are courses that attract students to study in the UK.

3. Australia

After the USA and UK, Australia is the third most preferred education destination for overseas students. The education system in Australia has gained a strong reputation around the world. Several Australian universities have now made their position in the top 100 institutions in the world. Australia has more than 12,000 institutions for higher education. It may come as a surprise that Australia has more than 25,000 Indian students currently undertaking educational courses. Some of the top courses offered in the country are- business management, social sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, engineering, and health professions.

4. Canada

Canada has experienced a tremendous spike in the number of overseas students enrolling in educational courses. According to recent statistics, Canada has around 14% Indian students among all international students. Recently, the Canadian government has introduced immigration policies that fetch numerous benefits to Indian students. They have also decided to offer permanent residency to highly skilled students who graduate from a Canadian university. Some of the popular courses that attract students are- business, hospitality, animation, engineering, liberal arts, and biotechnology.

5. Germany

If you want to study in Europe, then Germany is one of the best destinations for pursuing higher education. The country has been growing in the education field steadily over the years. The same can be testified by an increase of around 70% of Indian students within its borders. Above all, Germany has been listed by the UNESCO among its top five educational spaces for abroad students. The reason for its success is that the public universities of Germany charge little or no tuition fees. Some of the top courses with the highest number of applications from all over the world include maths and computer sciences, engineering, fine and applied arts, business management, and humanities.

Now that you are feeling super inspired make sure you get through the exams that are necessary to study in abroad. Also, staying alone in a foreign country can be a tough task. The medical expenses are high, and you have no one around you to help. It’s a brilliant idea to buy a student travel insurance before you finally fly to accomplish your dreams.

By Chakraborty

Dr Chakrabarty is the Chief Innovation Officer of IntuiComp TeraScience. Earlier she was Assistant Professor of Delhi University, a QS ranked university in India. Before that she has held research positions in IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai and IISc Bangalore. She holds 2 patents and over 20 research publications in her name which are highly cited. Her area of research is in smart technologies, integrated devices and communications. She also has a penchant for blogging and is an editor of Business Fundas.