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As students become more aware of the overseas education opportunities, the top countries to study abroad have also undergone changes over the period of time. A decade back, the list of top destinations to study abroad for Indian students had only countries like the UK, the USA, and Australia. But today, with the changing trend, the students are experimenting with new countries and courses to get a degree.

Here are the top countries to study abroad:

United Kingdom:

The UK has been an all-time favorite for Indian and international students making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. The country boasts of having the oldest and best universities in the world such as Oxford and Cambridge and offers a range of courses- right from various undergraduate degrees to one-year postgraduate degrees across domains like engineering and management. Around 5,00,000 international students are, currently, enrolled in universities in the UK of which over 25,000 are Indian students. One of the major factors that draw students to study in the UK is its wide range of scholarships which provide partial to full study waiver to students. Commonwealth, GREAT, Rhodes are just a few of the fee paying scholarships available to international students in the UK.

Top 5 courses to study in the UK:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 138,335
2 Engineering 59,015
3 Social Sciences 45,620
4 Physical and Life Sciences 42,505
5 Fine and Applied Arts 41,095

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2013-14)
China 92,915
USA 26,975
India 21,000
Total students ( including all countries) 493,570

Australia:

After the UK and the USA, the top destination to study for Indian students is Australia. The Australian education system has earned good reputation globally and a number of Australian Universities feature in the top 100 in global university rankings. The country has more than 12,000 higher educational institutions that offer vocational training courses, English Language Training to University courses like business, finance and sports management at undergraduate and graduate levels. What is Australia best known for is the group of 8 universities, which are research intensive universities along the lines of the famous Ivy leagues in the USA.

Top 5 courses to study in Australia:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 120,476
2 Engineering 26,845
3 Mathematics and Computer Sciences 21,271
4 Health Professions 19,380
5 Social Sciences 18,625

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2014)
China 91,089
India 26,433
Malaysia 14,446
Total students ( including all countries) 269,752

New Zealand

Another major emerging study abroad destination, New Zealand has witnessed 400 per cent increase in the number of Indian students in its universities and institutes in the last five years. Around eight universities from New Zealand are listed in the top 500 universities in the world by QS making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. Some of its popular universities are the University of Auckland, Auckland Territorial University among others. In addition, the country is also home to 20 institutes of technology and polytechnics and many private training establishments(PTE), where students can hone their vocational skills. That said, New Zealand’s popularity among international students has only multiplied in the recent years. Currently, India is one of the largest sources of international students in New Zealand with over 20,000 students enrolled in the country.

Top 5 courses to study in New Zealand:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 23,637
2 Engineering 4,919
3 Social Sciences 14,629
4 Physical and Life Sciences 7,499
5 Maths and Computer Sciences 6,975

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2014)
China 3,179
India 20,227
Korea 7910
Total students ( including all countries) 46,659

Canada

Another one fo the top countries to study abroad, Canada is an emerging study abroad destination as the country has witnessed a manifold increase in the number of international students in the recent years. The students flock to Canada for various courses such as Engineering, Business, Animation, Biotechnology, and Hospitality. In 2014 itself, nearly 30,000 Indian students were enrolled in universities across Canada which was a four-fold increase in the number of students traveling to the country to study. “This is primarily due to the advantages that Canada offers to international students in terms of quality education, cost advantages along with a safe and multicultural environment,” says Marie-Josee Charbonneau, Counsellor & Head, Advocacy Program, High Commission of Canada in India.

Top 5 courses to study in Canada:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Computer Sciences
3 Life Sciences
4 Hotel Management
5 Liberal arts

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2012-13)
China 87,329
India 37,399
France 17,693
Total students ( including all countries) 268,659

Germany:

Germany is one of the top study abroad destinations in Europe. It provides quality education and with an increase of more than 70 percent Indian student population, the country proved to be a hotspot of higher education. Germany is touted as one of the top 5 destinations for international students by UNESCO. One reason why Germany is emerging as a favorite destination is that public universities in Germany charge low or no tuition fees, which automatically brings down the cost of studying in Germany. The country is most popular for its MS degrees. The best part is German degrees are internationally recognized, with many universities available in English. Over 9,000 Indian students are currently studying the country.

Top 5 courses to study in Germany:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Engineering 71,352
2 Business management 52,168
3 Humanities 37,619
4 Maths and Computer Sciences 29,748
5 Fine and Applied Arts 24,412

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2013-14)
Turkey 33,004
China 30,511
Russia 14,525
Total students ( including all countries) 301,350

Ireland:

With over 27,000 international students studying in its various universities, Ireland continues to steadily rise in the ranks among the top study destinations in the world. A network of research institutes with a focus on innovation is the major reason behind Ireland’s popularity among international students, including those from India. Around 1000 Indian students are enrolled in Irish universities making Indian students one of the top international student’s communities in Ireland. “The number of Indian students studying in Ireland has risen particularly in the last five years due to an increased awareness of Ireland, its culture, and the strong post-study employment opportunities,” says Barry O’Driscoll, Marketing Advisor, Education in Ireland.

Top courses to study in Ireland:

No. Top courses
1 Engineering
2 Computer Sciences
3 Data Science and Analytics
4 Physics
5 Information and Communication Technology

UAE:

An unlikely contender among the top countries to study abroad, UAE still manages to attract a fair amount of international students, especially, from India. Needless to say, the country is most popular among Indians who want to explore work opportunities. However, in the past few years, UAE has witnessed a sudden spurt of Indian students willing to explore the education scenario of the country which offers many popular courses. Of course, it is Dubai which attracts the largest contingent of Indian as well international students. And why not? Dubai is not only known for some domestic highly ranked universities but is also home to branches of international universities like the University of Wollongong and Manchester Business School, among others. Currently, there are over 2000 Indian students studying in the UAE.

Top courses to study in UAE:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Banking and finance
3 Engineering
4 Medicine

Singapore

Known for its diverse population, Singapore is abuzz with hyperactivity and enjoys its reputation as the financial center of Southeast Asia.  A rapidly growing economy, the island country is home to a slew of institutions which includes its own highly ranked universities in addition to subsidiaries of international universities.  In terms of studies, it is most known for its management programs which attract a sizable portion of international students. The fact that the country happens to be a center for businesses with MNCs like Unilever, DHL, IBM or General Motors, is enough to generate a buzz among management aspirants, hence, making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. Given a large number of exchange students from Europe, the country is the perfect place to experience global education. The country has over 1,00,000 international students currently.

Top 5 courses to study in Singapore:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Banking and finance
3 Engineering
4 Computer Sciences
5 Law

Russia 

As the world’s largest country, it’s hardly surprising that Russia is home to so many universities — 950 of them, to be exact. What may come as a surprise? How many of its higher education institutions offer world-class, globally recognized educational opportunities. Russia now participates in the Bologna Process, and many of its premier universities are members of the European Universities Association. A whopping 22 Russian universities, meanwhile, earned spots on the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Russia recently earned a plum spot on Bloomberg’s roundup of the world’s most innovative economies, but its innovative spirit is not limited to the financial sector. A Russian education uniquely fuses traditional academic rigors with a commitment to innovation in the form of competency-based education across a breadth and depth of areas of study. And while we’d be lying if we didn’t say that studying in Russia was demanding, a degree from a Russian institution is highly prized by the world’s employers — making it well worth the effort.

No. Top courses
1 Engineering
2 Law
3 Economics
4 Medicine
5 Information and Communication Technology

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