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Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that exposes students to a myriad of global opportunities, broadening their career prospects. It equips them with a broader worldwide, adaptability, cultural awareness, and problem-solving skills necessary for success in today’s increasingly competitive world.
With the ease of restrictions and worldwide vaccination programs, students are again optimistic about pursuing their dream of studying abroad. MEA has stated that 71,769 students have moved overseas for studies until February 28, 2021. Against this backdrop, here are some trends that will help you figure out what courses and countries are perfect for you.
USA: Coming to the land of Ivy Leagues, the United States is home to ground-breaking innovations. The combination of short and long-term courses available at various US universities is incredible. The potential of receiving grants and scholarships encourages students to study here and repay their loans quickly through part-time work and post-study placements. This makes the US very popular among Indian students. It’s no surprise that the country has the most international students.
Canada: Canada is still one of the most famous study abroad destinations among Indian students. The country has a sizeable Indian population, making it the best option for students who want to be part of a community. It is simple to get a visa and become a Canadian citizen. Furthermore, the lucrative post-course career opportunities make it the ideal place for Indian students to study and thrive in their respective domains.
Australia: Australia, home to the Group of Eight (Go8) of world-class research-intensive Australian universities, has long been a favourite study destination for Indian students. Furthermore, Indo-Australian ties have become more robust in recent years, resulting in increased collaboration between colleges and universities in both nations. The student exchange programs offered by this country are an excellent example. Besides this, the favourable post-study work visa rule is another benefit that attracts Indian students to Australia for higher education.
UK: In recent years, UK has emerged as the most popular study destination. As per a report, the number of Indian students in the United Kingdom increased by 174% between 2019 and 2021. The country has over 160 universities, with 84 having high global rankings.
Europe: Europe is undoubtedly one of the most popular study abroad destinations. It might be tough to choose which country or city to live and study in; each country has its own culture and attraction, and the possibilities seem endless. These classic European cities provide something for everyone, whether you want to immerse yourself in art, culture, music, architecture, or a bit of everything. Paris and London are the best if you wish to experience global city life. Berlin exudes a Bohemian vibe. Barcelona or Amsterdam will appeal to students looking for a laid-back, energetic lifestyle.
Ireland: Last but not least, Ireland is a new addition to the list of famous destinations for higher studies among Indian students. The country is viewed as the safest and most tranquil place to live. According to the OECD’s 2019 Education Report, Ireland’s standard of living is excellent, and education is ranked fourth-best in the world.
Courses that are in demand for study abroad
Engineering: According to a survey, engineering is the most popular course among Indian students interested in studying abroad, with 18% wanting to pursue it. Most students are going for courses like Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.
Biotechnology: The COVID-19 pandemic has unquestionably highlighted the importance of having a robust healthcare system. As a result, Indian students are enthusiastically exploring courses in healthcare as a potential career path.
Apart from that, the demand for specialised study abroad courses like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science is also gaining popularity due to the hyper-competitive employment landscape.
Living condition: Another crucial aspect of the journey of international student
The pandemic has compelled students to look for safe, affordable, and all-inclusive housing where they can avoid the risk of catching the COVID-19 virus. They are no longer solely confined to on-campus accommodation. In fact, they are considering the option of private, rented houses or rooms which are safe, affordable, and provide more freedom and a pleasant experience. Therefore, a lot of students are turning their heads to PBSAs. According to a report, occupancy levels in many private PBSA assets reached nearly 100% toward the end of 2021, demonstrating that the student housing market is still a resilient and stable asset class.
Investing a little time and effort in research can play a crucial part in making your educational experience in a foreign country intriguing and memorable. Furthermore, the information mentioned above will assist you in gaining a thorough understanding of the top courses and destinations to choose from based on your requirements.
Authored by Mayank Maheshwari, Co-founder & COO – University Living
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