Top Foreign Universities most sought after by Indian students

Anyone interested in exploring the world would know what an experience it is. The best way they will recommend for going abroad would be to find a course of interest and accordingly search for the best universities around the world. Studying abroad, they’d say, is an experience in itself, a life changing experience indeed. Not only does it provide an opportunity to open up to a new academic path, but it also paves the way to intermingle with a different culture.

The initial excitement of getting the offer letter for admissions in the dream university fades when you reach the airport to catch your flight to the destination. The sad faces of your loved ones who come with a heavy heart to see you off make you doubt your decision. But once you reach the destination, you realize that the culture accepts you with their open arms, no matter how different they are. From learning new skills to making new friends, and then going on to get first-hand experience of different work cultures – point is, studying abroad is something every individual should think of at least once in his life!

But then the question is, which country to choose to study abroad? It is obviously a very uphill task, considering how each of these foreign destinations has a wide range of things to offer. So, to make your choices simpler, we have come up with the best sought after cities/countries to study abroad for Indian students. Here is the top 10 with the best university and course to take up –

1.   United Kingdom

UK -Top Foreign Universities

The United Kingdom has one been one of the most sought after and popular destinations among Indian students, along with the United States. The country has some of the most renowned universities providing students with options to take the most innovative, technologically advanced courses. And then, there are always the conventional courses, varying from both undergraduate and postgraduate.

As an Indian Student

With over 19,750 Indian students who seek admissions in renowned UK universities, Indian students stand as the third largest group of international students in the UK. As of 2019, Indian students have registered an increase of 63% in the UK. The quality of education along with the approach used, practices, and prospects are just some of the reasons as an Indian student who wishes to go to the UK.

Most renowned universities in the UK

  1. University of Oxford
  2. Imperial College London
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. London School of Economics and Political Science
  5. University of Bristol
  6. University of Warwick
  7. University of Edinburgh
  8. University of Cambridge
  9. University College London (UCL)
  10. King’s College London

Most popular courses in the UK

1.    Medicine & Surgery

  1. Lancaster University
  2. University of Central Lancashire

2.    Physiotherapy

  1. University of Southampton
  2. The University of Nottingham
  3. Cardiff University
  4. St George’s
  5. University of London

3.    Marine Biology

  1. University of St Andrews
  2. University of Exeter
  3. University of Southampton
  4. Newcastle University
  5. University of Liverpool

4.    Computer Science

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University of St Andrews
  5. University of Glasgow

5.    Psychology

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Bath
  3. University of St Andrews
  4. University College London

2. United States

US - Top Foreign Universities

The USA has always been the most sought after country for Indian students. The love for higher education in the USA has only grown, with the Indian students registering a growth rate of 12%, one of the highest rates in the world! All this is due to the fine number of universities and opportunities that the US as an education hub offers.

The country is home to a multitude of universities. But before that, let’s look into some of the main reasons why as an Indian student, the US must be one of your top choices for higher education!

As an Indian Student

It’s likely that the way you converse back in India in English will improve drastically because of the amount of time that you’d be using the language. Don’t think English is important? English is sure the global business language and having fluency in the same can increase the chances of you finding professional development. Further, the cultural diversity owing to the plethora of countries whose students come each year to the US would increase your understanding of multiculturalism and thus helps you come out of your comfort zone of stepping in an unfamiliar territory.

Most renowned universities in the US

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Babson College
  4. Boston College
  5. California Institute of Technology
  6. Cornell University
  7. University of Chicago
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. University of Texas at Austin
  10. Ohio State University

Most popular courses in the US

1.    Business

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Washington University in St. Louis
  3. University of Virginia

2.    Engineering

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Stanford University

3.    Medicine

  1. Harvard University
  2. Johns Hopkins University
  3. Stanford University

4.    Education

  1. Brigham Young University
  2. University of Georgia
  3. University of Maryland

5.    Law

  1. Michigan State University
  2. Nova Southeastern University
  3. Northern Arizona University
  4. University of Maryland

3. Germany

Germany is one country, where Indian students can give up on the pressure of paying for their tuition fees. While the fee for undergraduate is nil, universities in Germany charge a minimal fee for the post-graduation courses. Quality education with low price and a minimum wage if a part-time job is sought for in the country – what else does a student need?

Indians students work 120 full days or 240 half days while studying in the whole year. Along with this, they can also avail good scholarship options which are based purely on merit. Among the top 200 World University Rankings according to QS, there are 10 institutions from Germany. Further, there are over 350 university options and 800 courses ranging from new to conventional subjects.

As an Indian Student

As an Indian student, the lower tuition fee is always an added reason for us to choose a country for higher education. According to the Times Higher Education, Germany is ranked second in all of Europe when it comes to affordable education. Along with this, the world-class teaching, hands-on learning, and consistently highly ranked universities in the academic charts make it an obvious choice. The options to choose from are many too – but mostly, Indian students take up Masters in Germany. Adding to all this, Germany also gives an option of a work permit, which can be obtained for 18 months after the completion of the course. This helps in finding the relevant job for the specialization graduated in.

Most renowned universities in Germany

  1. Technical University of Munich
  2. Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
  3. Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
  4. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  5. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  6. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  7. RWTH Aachen University
  8. University of Bonn
  9. Freie Universität Berlin
  10. University of Tübingen

Most popular courses in Germany

1.    Engineering

  1. RWTH Aachen University.
  2. Technical University of Berlin.
  3. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
  4. Darmstadt University of Technology.
  5. TU Dresden

2.    Business Management

  1. Uni Bayreuth.
  2. Uni Bremen.
  3. TU Clausthal University
  4. FH Aachen University
  5. HS Aalen University
  6. Uni Düsseldorf

3.    Humanities

  1. University of Bonn
  2. Dresden University of Technology
  3. University of Heidelberg
  4. University of Konstanz

4.   Canada

Canada - Top Foreign Universities

Canada is finally emerging as one of the sought after education destination for Indian students. Recent times have seen students increasingly moving to Canada for courses like in Hospitality, Environment Studies, Animation, Engineering, Biotechnology, Mass Media, etc. System of education in Canada is comparatively robust and cheaper as compared to the likes of the UK and the US. Apart from that, the option to work off-campus on a part-time basis along with an extended visa to find a job after the completion of the course is a remarkable feat of the country. More scholarships are available for international students and they also have the opportunity to work off-campus on a part-time basis.

As an Indian Student

Canada emphasizes a lot on research-oriented and practical education. The Government in Canada has increasingly focussed on the allocation of large sums of money in research-oriented industries. In fact, Canada has been ranked 4th when it comes to scientific research in the entire world.

Apart from that, the high employability rate in Canada, with over 5000 international collaborations and 90% of the alumni getting placed in 6 months after the course completion – Canada is a place with reputation when it comes to employability. These are just some of the reasons why Indian students can prefer Canada as a choice.

Most renowned universities in Canada

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. McMaster University
  4. University of Montreal
  5. University of Alberta
  6. University of Ottawa
  7. University of Waterloo
  8. University of Calgary
  9. McGill University
  10. Western University – Canada

Most popular courses in Canada

1.    Engineering

  1. University of Alberta
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. University of Toronto
  4. Humber College
  5. McGill University

2.    Information Technology

  1. Carleton University
  2. Ontario Tech University
  3. University of Ottawa
  4. Ryerson University
  5. Algonquin College

3.    Pharmacy

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. University of Alberta
  4. University of Manitoba
  5. Memorial University of Newfoundland

5. Singapore

Singapore - Top Foreign Universities

Some of the most renowned and world-class management institutes are present in Singapore. This is why it is one of the most favourites, when it comes to overseas education destinations. The programs are innovative and new, which attracts a lot of students from India.

Students have to pay 25% of the tuition fee, and the rest of it is paid by the government! An exchange program where students have to work for three years in the country is a deal that many Indian students would love to have. Students from India who have exceptional academic record and talent are entitled to a 5-star program.

As an Indian student

Singapore is a very accommodating friendly place, especially for newcomers. If you are a new Indian student in the country, it will only take a few days after which, you’d start commuting on your own in the city. In fact, the public transport is so good, that you don’t need to own a car in the country! An up to 75% of fee sponsorship for Indian students is available. The two main public universities – National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are among the best when it comes to QS Rankings. The familiar skin tone among the population is because there are many Indians. Infact, 9% of the country are Indian descendants, especially Tamilians.

Most renowned universities in Singapore

  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University
  3. Singapore Management University
  4. Singapore Institute of Management
  5. INSEAD – Singapore
  6. James Cook University – Singapore
  7. Singapore Institute of Technology
  8. ESSEC Business School – Singapore
  9. Singapore University of Technology and Design
  10. Amity Global Institute

Most popular courses in Singapore

1.    Law

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) – Faculty of Law
  2. New York University School of Law (NYU) / National University of Singapore (NUS)
  3. Singapore Management University (SMU)

2.    Medicine

  1. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  2. Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  3. SGH Postgraduate Medical Institute
  4. Johns Hopkins International Medical Centre, Singapore

3.    Accountancy

  1. National University of Singapore.
  2. Nanyang Technological University.
  3. Singapore Management University.
  4. Singapore Management of Institute.
  5. James Cook University.

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Written by Nitish Singh

Nitish is a full time dreamer aspiring for his dreams of being an able administrator in the future and he loves to pen down his thoughts relating to India. He has worked with Tata Steel as a Mechanical Supervisor , and an analyst in financial market. Living most of his life in the small town of Jamshedpur, he has been able to grasp keen interest over social and cultural matters. He has completed his from Amity University and has survived 7 years of his life living all around Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow.
Today's youth attracts him a lot and he thinks increasing the analytical quotient by gaining some knowledge on current events of 'New India' will help inculcate in them a sense of accountability to the society and the government alike.

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