Move over USA, UK: Alternate study-abroad options for Indian students

With over 40 ranked universities, Germany is a great option for students, particularly those pursuing STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The country is known for its high quality, inexpensive higher education and most universities also offer courses in English.

While private universities charge tuition fees, public universities charge very little to nill as tuition fees to its students, and this is regardless of nationality. Most universities also have various scholarship options.
Students get an 18-month extension of their visa after completing their studies, to search for a job. Germany also has an EU blue card which allows highly-educated skilled workers from non-EU countries to work and stay in Germany. There are currently around 15,000 Indian students pursuing various courses there. 
With UK tightening its visa rules and the impending Brexit, Ireland has emerged as a hot destination for Indian students who wish to study abroad. The country is home to some of the best educational institutions in the world, including the Trinity College Dublin and University College, Dublin. Though Irish Gaelic is the official language of the country, everyone speaks English, which is also the medium of education. Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Biotechnology, Cloud Computing, Accounting/Finance are some of the most sought-after courses in Ireland.
The country has also made it easier for students to stay back and work by providing Postgraduate and PhD students with the option of staying back in Ireland for two years after graduating, in order to search for a job. 

With the H-1B route closing for many Indians, Canada is proving to be an alternate destination for Indian students and techies. Unlike President Donald Trump, Canada’s Justin Trudeau has been quite enthusiastic in inviting people to study and work in his country.
Canada offers graduate, postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in many fields including Business Management, Media, Nursing, Hospitality and Computer Science. The tuition fees at Canadian colleges are also 30-40 percent cheaper than their US counterparts.
According to a report from the Royal Bank of Scotland, there were 80,000 Indian students studying in Canada, in 2016. As of October 2017, the number of Indian study-permit holders who went to Canada in 2017 had gone up to 54,425, as per an Economics Times report. The country had also granted Permanent resident status to 41,805 people in 2017, up from 39,790 in 2016.
Canada also offers a post-graduation work permit for up to three years, which makes students eligible for permanent resident status, through the Express Entry route. 

During President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to India, the two countries signed a MoU for ‘mutual recognition of educational qualifications,’ while agreements were also signed between universities of both countries to boost the movement between them. This is the first time such an agreement has been signed, signifying France’s willingness to accept Indian students.
Known for its high-quality education and focus on innovational excellence, France is another emerging option for Indian students. Currently, more than 5,000 Indian students study in France, which has a big Indian diaspora as well. France is targeting 10,000 Indian students by 2020. France offers courses in both French and English, in Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Management, Architecture and the Fine Arts.
Students who opt for French-medium institutions also enjoy the benefit of having to pay very little as tuition fees. In addition, students who pass out of French engineering and business schools have the option of staying back for up to two years to get work experience. Campus France, the national agency which is responsible for promoting French higher education, guides students through their offices spread across 13 cities in India. 

Our neighbour is fast emerging as a popular study option for Indian students. In fact, Indians ranked fifth amongst international student arrivals to China in 2016 and more Indian students chose China (18,171) in 2016 over the UK (18,015).

Medicine, Engineering, Economics and Management remain the most popular courses for students moving to China. While the country’s medical courses, which are recognised by the Medical Council of India, is popular, its engineering courses are also finding many takers. Moreover, both tuition fees and living expenses are cheaper when compared to options in Western countries.
China has also eased its post-study work route by enabling foreign graduates holding a Master’s degree or above from a Chinese university to become automatically eligible to apply for work visa within one year of graduation.

Home to major brands such as Ericsson, IKEA, Skype, Volvo and H&M, Sweden is a highly progressive, creative and culturally inclined country. The beautiful landscape and clean environment adds on to the benefits of living and studying in the country.

Universities in Sweden are known for the extensive research programmes they offer, especially in the field of environmental studies. Tuition fees for Master’s programmes can be anywhere between Rs 7-14 lakhs a year, while accommodation could cost around Rs 70,000 a month – much lower than some of the colleges in the UK and USA.

The country has also seen an increase in its intake of Asian students, with 4,469 students enrolled in the academic year 2016/17. The number of students from India has also risen from just 274 in 2011/2012 to 841 in 2016/17. Lund University has the largest number of incoming foreign students.
Post their studies, graduates have six months to find a job or set up their own startup. In the case of launching your own startup, there are a number of organisations and institutes that provide non-financial support and advise.

With a great culture that is similar to ours and people who are known for their hospitality, you really won’t feel out of place in Japan. The country offers excellent courses, primarily in the science streams, at nearly half the cost of universities in the USA or UK. And, with the presence of multinationals like Toshiba, Sony, Mitsubishi, which also have operations in India, a degree from a Japanese university can help with placements either in Japan or in India. While Japanese is most commonly spoken there, Universities such as the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University and Sophia University offer courses in English, as well.

There are around 10,000 Indians living in Japan, and more people are travelling to the country to work and study. Japan is also going all out to woo Indian IT professionals. The country plans to recruit 2 lakh IT professionals from India and issue green cards to them to support the Japanese IT industry. The country is targeting to rope in 8 lakh Indians from the IT sector to work and settle in Japan by 2030. (Via Yahoo)

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