UG Admission Woes: Should You Look Abroad for Greener Pastures?

With cut throat competition to get into Indian universities, students are bound to look elsewhere...

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With the race to college admissions in India’s premier institutions getting tougher with every passing year, even students scoring as high as 95% have no certainty of getting a college of their choice.

Left with few options, mostly private institutes that charge hefty fees, many students are eager to seek greener pastures abroad. Catering to this demand, more and more countries are ready to welcome Indian students.

Looks like our options are no longer restricted to the United States of America and United Kingdom.

The flexible visa rules, availability of scholarships and funds, post-course work prospects are shifting preferences of Indian students who are increasingly exploring student-friendly destinations such as Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.



This is the latest data available on surge in Indians studying abroad as per Indian Students Mobility Report 2016.
This is the latest data available on surge in Indians studying abroad as per Indian Students Mobility Report 2016.
(Data Source: The Indian Express)
UG Admission Woes: Should You Look Abroad for Greener Pastures?
(Data Source: Indian Students Mobility Report 2016, Canadian Bureau for International Education)
UG Admission Woes: Should You Look Abroad for Greener Pastures?
(Photo: The Quint)

Germany Has Several Takers

The primary attraction for students flocking to Germany is the negligible tuition fee. Government-funded public universities in Germany do not charge tuition fee from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a nominal fee charged just for administrative purposes. The rule is applicable to both home and international students. Besides, not knowing German is not a handicap as most courses are taught in English.

Students are also concerned about part time work while studying abroad and Germany comes across as an ideal destination in that respect. It allows students to work 120 full or 240 half days per year provided they attain permit from the AgenturfurArbeit (Federal Employment Agency).

Canada Gaining Popularity as a Student Destination

International students are made to feel at home almost instantaneously post arrival. This is a part of the Canadian government’s long-term plan of increasing the pool of international applicants in its universities. This is a win-win situation for students who otherwise miss out on opportunities in India due to cut-throat competition.

Besides, students have ample avenues to support themselves during the tenure of their studies. A study permit in Canada makes students eligible for part-time during the term time and full-time during breaks. Post the completion of their studies, students can stay and work in the country for three years.

The best part about Canadian education is access to world class facilities, research opportunities and international exposure at par with most American and European universities without spending as much money.


The costs may vary hugely depending on the university, course and living standards. These are average estimates. 
The costs may vary hugely depending on the university, course and living standards. These are average estimates. 
(Data Source: QS Top Universities Data, Study in Australia and some university websites in each country)

New Zealand Is a Good Option

Good quality of education, world-class facilities, scholarship opportunities and post-degree work make New Zealand a lucrative option for Indian students. New Zealand has a total of 8 state-funded universities offering quality education to students from all parts of the world. It also has plenty of options for vocational and innovative training. The cost of tuition is less than the more conventional choices such as the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Student visa in New Zealand makes you eligible for work for a total of 20 hours a week. This increases to 40-hours a week during holidays. On the successful completion of your degree, you can apply for a 12-month work permit alongside your student visa. These factors coupled with the amazing place that New Zealand is makes it a worthy option for undergraduate study.

Australia Stepping up Its Game to Woo Indian Students

Though education in Australia comes at relatively costlier, there are still a good number of Indians in Australian campuses. To retain this pool of talent, Australia gives out scholarships, flexible part-time work opportunities for students alongside their course, and ample post-study avenues.

Cities like Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane attract a huge number of Indian students owing to their multicultural atmosphere, good universities and avenues for extra-curricular activities.

The availability of scholarships such as the Big History International Student Undergraduate Scholarship (offered by Sydney-based public research university Macquarie) which covers whole of tuition fee and living costs make Australia a lucrative study destination.

Flexible visa policies and relaxed immigration and residency policies make it a favourable option for students rearing to gain global exposure.

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