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Top 8 Study Abroad Places Preferred by Students in India

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A human being is a social animal. Traveling abroad to get socialized in the age of globalization is like a fantasy for many. It is always a good thought to study abroad to experience not only to access the finest education but also to expand perceptual, cultural and behavioral horizons. Indian students are traveling the world over; for example, exposure to different cultures and lifestyles enables young minds to understand the importance of cultures in their lives. That’s why we at EduGorilla have strived to put before you the detailed list of the top 8 dream destinations of the Indian students when the question of studying abroad surfaces up.

Best 8 Study Abroad Places for Indian Students

CountryMost chosen subjectsBest UniversitiesAverage Expenditure
United States of AmericaEngineering & computer scienceMassachusetts Institute of technology

Harvard University

Stanford University

Tuition: $25,000

Food and living: $11,000

United KingdomPhysiotherapy and LawCambridge University

Glasgow University

Durham University

Tuition: £30,000


AustraliaMedicine and Business ManagementAustralian National University

University of Melbourne

University of Sydney

$42,093 (AUS)
New ZealandBusiness and Economics



University of Auckland

University of Otago

University of Canterbury

GermanyEngineeringTechnical University of Munich

RWTH Aachen University

Heidelberg University

Tuition: $10,520(US)

Living: $9980(US)


& Pharmacy

McGill University

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

Tuition: $10,000 (US)

Living:$5,400 (US)

ChinaMedicine and International Economics and tradeTsinghua University

Peking University

Fudan University

Tuition: $6000 (US)

Living: $1000 (US)

Singapore ManagementNational University of Singapore

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore Management University

Tuition: $10,500(US)

Living: $2000(US)


Capital: Washington DC

Prominent cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago

Weather: Weather changes in different regions

Currency: $ US (US dollar)

Stanford University - study abroad university
Stanford University
Harvard University - study abroad university
Harvard University
MIT - study abroad univerity


When someone says “I’m going to States to study abroad”, eyebrows still raise in wonder despite the fact that 11.8% of the international student population studying in the US country is made up of Indian students. The education quality, infrastructure, freedom of choosing subjects and flexibility of completing your course attracts students from different countries of the world.

However, surviving in the US for Indian students is a roller coaster ride. For an Indian student, the most important factors for survival are food and accommodation. Accommodation is easily available on campus or the college assists you in finding an off-campus apartment or hostel room or homestay. Considering the fact that survival in the US is expensive compared to other countries, as an Indian student, you can opt to support yourself financially by working part-time on campus or off-campus at places like restaurants, call centers, etc or as an intern in the sector of your interest while you study abroad.


Students of different countries who are planning to study abroad are offered two kinds of scholarships by the US Government- Foreign Full Bright Student Program & Humphrey Fellowship Program. Apart from these, individual universities also offer scholarships to capable students of different countries to help you cover your expenditure.


A big challenge, especially for an Indian student is his/her independent lifestyle. US culture expects students to manage their daily chores and study very punctually by themselves. For example, a meeting fixed with a faculty happens exactly on the stipulated day and time. Any delay can put you in trouble. After completing your graduation, students usually return back their respective country as it is difficult to obtain a working visa and find a job compared to other countries.



Capital: London

Prominent cities: Birmingham, Manchester, West Yorkshire,

Weather: Unpredictable; usually windy, cold and snowy

Currency: £ UK (Pounds)

Cambridge University - study abroad university
Cambridge University
Durham-University - study abroad university
Glasgow University - study abroad university
Glasgow University


United Kingdom is the second most preferred country after the US among Indian students to study abroad. It’s due to its excellent professional curriculum studying environment and encouragement towards research & innovation. Interestingly, 5% of the world’s scientific research is conducted in the UK country producing 14% of world’s highly cited academic papers.


In the UK, 18% of the total students in higher education in the country are non-UK students. Part-time jobs in sectors like hospitality, retail, and delivery or on campus are easily available. Organizations like National Association of Student Employment Services also help international students find a job. Such things assist Indian students greatly in making earnings while learning when they opt to study abroad in UK country.


The government of UK offers Chevening Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship to international students. Universities also offer scholarships covering full or a part of the tuition fee.


Indian students who want to study in the UK, another favorite study-destination abroad, have to worry about finding an accommodation as it might be expensive, low quality and not easily available. In the last 5 years, UK has seen upsurge as well a downfall in the number of international students opting to study in the country. This year, it has witnessed a 10% downfall in the number of Indian students visiting the UK due to the changes in the new visa requirements. International students are now required to have a budget of £1000/month excluding the tuition fee to study in London and £800 if you’re studying in smaller towns. Finding a job after graduation might also be a challenge because non-UK students have just four months else they will have to leave the country. On the other hand, it is not easy to obtain a working visa. In 2014, only 5639 students, out of the entire international country student population, were granted visas.



Capital: Canberra

Prominent cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

Weather: temperate climate; temperatures rarely go below zero

Currency: $ AUS (Australian Dollar)

Australia National University - study abroad university
Australia National University
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Melbourne university
University of Sydney - study abroad university
University of Sydney


For the Indian students, Australia is the third most preferred study destination to study abroad, after US and UK, simply because it has a balance of everything. The country has 5 universities of the Best 100 world ranking universities and 15 noble prize winners. Foreign countries students’  at Australia expenses largely depend on the chosen city and university. Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth are the most sought-after cities to study. Accommodation is not a worrisome matter as students usually prefer staying off-campus in hostels, homestays or other rental properties. Australian lifestyle is extreme; you work equally hard at work and at leisure.

It’s not difficult to obtain a student visa provided you are studying at an accredited course. The student visa also enables you to work for a time period equal to the duration of your course.


Every year Australian government sets aside 200 million dollars only for international students making available several scholarships apart from the scholarships provided by the universities.


As an Indian student, you might have to tackle the stringent laws of the country to make sure you are doing legal things. Strictly any mistake might get you deported to your home country. A cultural shock is unavoidable. However, you will soon get adjusted to it. Jobs are again a vital concern and sometimes you may take a little longer than usual to find a job.



Capital: Wellington

Prominent cities: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton

Weather: Warm dry summers and wet winters

Currency: $ NZ (New Zealand Dollar)

University_of_Otago - study abroad university
University of Otago




New Zealand and Australia, both countries are almost at par in terms of the number of Indian students they attract. Nevertheless, this island nation is popular because of the flexible working & visa conditions and affordable education. It’s every parent’s wish to accompany his/her child to make his/her life easier and New Zealand makes this possible very conveniently. Students can not only be accompanied by their guardians but the accompanier is also permitted to work. The student visa allows the student to work for a year after finishing the course and enhances the opportunity of obtaining permanent residency.


New Zealand government offers scholarships at different levels of study like undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D., etc. along with the scholarships offered by universities individually.


Despite having an affordable education system which is slowly gaining recognition, degrees from New Zealand Universities still do not weigh as much as those from the US, UK or Australia. Besides, New Zealand is a small market and hence job opportunities are less.



Capital: Berlin

Prominent cities: Hamburg, Munich

Weather: Temperate weather, might reach extremes during summer

Currency: € Euro

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RWTH Aachen University
Heidelberg_Universitätsbibliothek_2003 - study abroad university
University of Heidelberg
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University of Munich


You can undoubtedly call Germany a free education country as all the public universities provide free undergraduate courses which are not only respected but is of high-quality standards. Germany has 450 state accredited State universities offering 17,500 courses. Considering the variety and financial feasibility, it witnesses 12% share of foreign students in its universities. Along with the many advantages, jobs and accommodations can also be found. Though the survival expenditure is high, student concessions are available on almost every front of expenditure, including entertainment facilities like theatre tickets, etc.


Many organizations help international students find scholarships. German Academic Exchange Service is one such huge network which has a huge database of scholarships and can help you find a suitable scholarship conveniently.


Survival might also become strenuous as non-EU students are permitted to work only for 190 full days or 240 half days while no such restrictions apply to EU students. If you are thinking of using your skills to employ yourself then you must know that freelancing and self-employment for non-EU students are banned in the country.

Though foreign country students in Germany can stay for additional months after completing a course, you might find it difficult to get along the punctual and selective social culture. However, Indian students can definitely give it a try when the matter of study abroad arises.



Capital: Ottawa

Prominent cities: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary

Weather: Might be winter for the most part of the year

Currency: $CAD (Canadian Dollar)

McGill University
McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
University of toronto
University of Toronto


Offering affordable education programs in many fields, Canadian universities encourage research and provide quality education. Offering several visa benefits like full time working hours during vacations and part-time on college workings days, the education is relatively affordable compared to a country like US and UK. The certainty of facing a cultural shock is definitely high, however, during a survey it was found that six out of ten international students found the environment, friendly and welcoming.

Finding an accommodation is not a difficult task in Canada. Often Canadian families are open to providing accommodation to foreign country students. Many colleges also have youth hostels and dormitories located near their campuses. Students can also rely on finding apartments to stay.


Though obtaining a visa is not an uphill task, the biggest challenge for foreign country immigrants is their low income as compared to the local counterparts. Immigrants tend to be employed in low-skill jobs and hence tend to return home or travel to different countries in search of better jobs. Seeing the overall picture, it seems prudent to undertake the journey to this country as its education policies are favorable for the Indian students when the question of abroad-study springs up.



Capital: Beijing

Prominent cities: Shangai, Hong Kong, Canton

Weather: extreme temperatures however since the country is vast, weather depends on the place you choose to stay in

Currency: Renminbi

Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University
University of Fudan
University of Fudan
Peking University
Peking University


The culture of this oriental country is deeply penetrated into the lifestyle of its countrymen. Indian students visiting China might face an extremely different culture which may or may not be similar to their own culture. Studying in China is less expensive and recommended especially for medicine and business-related courses as it leads to research and innovation. As a student, you will not have to tackle food or accommodation or transportation-related problems as the variety and affordability is seamless. The biggest asset of the country which you should exploit is the huge market with umpteen job opportunities in almost every sector.


Chinese government and universities do offer scholarships, nevertheless, financial issues should not prevent you from studying here.


A student might not face huge challenges in major academic elements like knowledge, faculty, infrastructure, etc. Although, minute issues like cultural differences, an evident distinction between local and foreigners, the importance given to local language Mandarin and internet restrictions might employ your bravery skills. Also, seeing the newfound hostility between India and China following the 1962 war and the umpteen border-related issues, it may be safe to carry the garb of caution when studying in the country.



Capital: Singapore

Weather: hot and humid with a lot of changes)

Currency: $SGD (Singapore Dollar)

nanyang university
Nanyang University
National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore
Singapore Management University
Singapore Management University



Student life is certainly an enriching experience while studying in Singapore as you have access to reasonable education facilities and resourceful knowledge base. The education of Singapore is based on bilingual policy. Also, there are stringent laws in place in favor of international students ensuring to protect them from any kind of mental and physical abuse. With the increasing demand, on-campus accommodation may be difficult but private facilities like hostels might provide you sufficient space and facilities.


The government provides many scholarships to the students independent of their income or living standards.


It is easy to obtain a visa but it might be difficult to work part-time in Asia’s one of the most expensive cities, as such jobs are approved only after authorizations from respective universities. However, for Indian students, Singapore is one of the main hubs of learning to ameliorate their studies when the matter of abroad-study is concerned.

Universities from North America and UK have occupied the most number of slots in top 10 universities across the world and Europe houses most of the top 100 universities in the world.
Universities from North America and UK have occupied the most number of slots in Best 10 universities across the world and Europe houses most of the Best 100 universities in the world.



United States of AmericaDiverse infrastructural facilities; knowledge resources; welcoming environmentCost of living
United KingdomExperienced  Faculty, professional education systemCost of living, lack of jobs, visa requirements, unpredictable weather
AustraliaStudent visa can be used as working visaCost of living sometimes higher that US
New ZealandAffordable educationSmaller market for job opportunities
GermanyFree undergraduate education

Student concessions on most public facilities

Restricted days of work for non-EU students
CanadaAffordable education on par with US and UKLow salary for immigrants
ChinaVast employment marketCultural distinction
Singapore High standard education and foreign students favorable lawsSurvival can be very expensive



Studying abroad is on every youngster’s bucket-list and such openness of the global education world definitely motivates every student to aim higher. This is the time where you would be required to make a choice. It is very evident that despite the high education costs, US and UK still remain the most opted for destinations as their education system essentially exposes a student to rich academic learning experiences.  The UK and the US undoubtedly offer the best, but if you want to make a wise and informed choice, then you should definitely consider your subject of focus and make comparisons between the countries to avoid unnecessary expenditures. A degree from a reputed institute and from a country which specializes in that field should make your goals a cakewalk. From the graph below it is evident that migration is going to reach anet migration rate

saturation point. So does this indicate that degree from a reputed university would no longer be held in high regard or will the indigenous education system will suffice for the best? Leave your comments below as we wait for them.

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