Best Country To Study Abroad For Indian StudentS

  • By Kanan Team
  • Fri Jul 09 2021

Top 12 countries to study abroad for Indian students 

Many Indian students consider a degree abroad as an opportunity to access high-quality education and career opportunities. In this article, we are going to profile some of the best student friendly countries to study abroad in 2021. 

A majority of Indian students pursuing higher education abroad choose countries like the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand as their study destinations. There are plenty of reasons for that including availability of scholarships, student loans, low tuition cost and high paying jobs. .

Quality parameters we considered while evaluating the best country to study abroad 

In this blog, you’ll find a complete list of 12 such destinations which are considered the best for Indian students to pursue higher education. We have categorized them in terms of QS rankings,

  • Quality of life, 
  • Career opportunities, 
  • Tuition fees, 
  • International student population, 
  • Research and scholarships, 
  • Overall cost of studying abroad, and 
  • PR visas and citizenship. 
  • Industry presence
  • Quality of teaching

Top 12 overseas study destination for indian students 

According to a report from Pie News released in 2020, around 70% of Indian students said that they wanted to continue their studies despite the pandemic. With the economy around the world gradually opening up, universities and colleges are welcoming international students to their campuses.

12 best countries to study abroad for indian students

Students travelling abroad can expect to get the much-needed support from their institutions. Quarantine accommodation, health checkups, and vaccination drives are being organized now for international students travelling to different countries.

The 12 best countries for overseas studies are - 

  1. Australia, 
  2. Canada, 
  3. Germany, 
  4. Singapore, 
  5. France, 
  6. USA, 
  7. UK, 
  8. Norway, 
  9. Italy, 
  10. New Zealand, 
  11. Ireland, and 
  12. Netherlands. 

The list is compiled based on data from various sources.  

1. Australia 

Why is it a good foreign study destination for Indian students?

Education standards: Indian students can choose from 20,000 courses and 1000 universities in the ‘land down under’. The country offers you globally recognized institutions and education opportunities. 7 out of 100 Australian universities fall under the QS World Ranking System, which is the highest form of ranking for the quality of education in any country.

All colleges and universities come under the tertiary education system in Australia. This indicates that the institutions follow the Australian Qualification Framework [AQF], which signifies the authenticity of degrees granted to students.

Diversity: With over 200 languages and dialects spoken in Australia, the country has a huge international student population. In fact, almost 1 out of 6 people in the country is an Indian. 

Financial support: Did you know that the Australian government spends over £200,000,000 on international scholarships every year? This could be a relief for you if you are thinking of financial aid to study in Australia since its cost of education and living is on the higher side.

Thus government scholarships are great ways to plan your education in the country, even if you are from a modest financial background. 

You can apply for scholarships from following universities & programs

  • Australian National University
  • Adelaide Scholarships International 
  • Curtin University International Research Scholarships 
  • Deakin University 
  • Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships 
  • La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships 
  • Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships
  • Australia Awards Scholarships 
  • Destination Australia awards 
  • Research Training Program

Research and development: Discoveries that changed the world around us began in Australia - such as ultrasound, penicillin-based antibiotics, the bionic ear, and balck box flight recorder to name a few. 

Australian scientists and researchers have always been at the forefront of transforming lives through science and technology. One can find numerous funded projects on diverse subjects while studying in the country.

English language: Australia is an English-speaking country, and thus the majority of people know and understand the language. Around 20 percent of people in the country speak indigenous languages and the rest are immigrants. 

Course fee: A majority of Indian students choose to study engineering or MBA programmes in Australia. To study in Australia, you must be ready to spend a minimum of 15 lakhs for bachelors and 25 lakhs for masters. For business or medicine programmes, the cost will go up - you can expect to spend over 30 lakhs for each program. 

Course fees at some of the top ranked Australian universities are -

  • Australian National University – tuition between 28,000 and 48,500 AUD/year
  • University of Sydney – tuition between 36,000 and 57,000 AUD/year
  • University of Queensland – tuition between 2,500 and 46,000 AUD/year

Add to this the cost of living, food, and transportation. 

  • Sydney: starting at 1,900 AUD/month
  • Adelaide: starting at 1,300 AUD/month
  • Brisbane: starting at 1,400 AUD/month
  • Melbourne: starting at 1,500 AUD/month
  • Canberra: starting at 1,400 AUD/month

Also, check out the cost for the type of accommodation -

  • Homestay: 450 – 1,200 AUD/month
  • Student halls of residence: 440 – 1,100 AUD/month
  • Rent an apartment: 750 – 1,700 AUD/month
  • Share a rented apartment/house: 380 – 850 AUD/month

If you roughly calculate, you need a minimum of INR 78,000 to cover your living expenses in Australia. 

Top-ranking universities

Here is a list of the top 10 Australian universities according to the QS rankings 2021 

Aus. Rank Global Rank Universities
1 31 Australian National University (ANU)
2 40 University of Sydney
3 41 University of Melbourne
4 44 University of New South Wales (UNSW)
5 46 University of Queensland (UQ)
6 55 Monash University
7 92 University of Western Australia (UWA)
8 106= University of Adelaide
9 133= University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
10 196 University of Wollongong

Exams to study in Australia: The major exams that any international student needs to appear for to study in Australia are-

  • IELTS
  • PTE
  • TOEFL
  • GMAT

Post-study work options: Australia allows graduates to stay back in the country for 4 years under post-study work rights [PSW]. But to be eligible for that, you must apply for a 485 post-study visa. Also you must have studied a CRICOS registered course and you should fulfil the English language requirements of the country. 

top ranking universities in Australia

Quality of life: Australia is one of the best places to live in the world. It ranks at the top in terms of education, life expectancy, environment, and job opportunities. There is always a sense of community wherever you go. Some of the popular places to stay are Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Sydney and Melbourne have been consistently ranked in the top for their livability. Beaches are an integral part of people’s lives in Australia. You’ll find plenty of recreational areas to hang out and enjoy the warm and pleasant weather most of the time. 

2. Canada 

Education standards:

Canada’s education system is widely popular among international students because of its multiple intake seasons. The following types of institutions exist in Canada - 

  • University: offering undergraduate degree, postgraduate certificate, diploma and degree, professional degrees and doctorate in universities of Canada.
  • University colleges: offering diploma and university transfer programs.
  • Community colleges: offering certificate, diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma.
  • Technical colleges: offering certificates and diplomas for technical education.
  • Business Schools: Best management education offered by top MBA colleges in Canada. 

Diversity: Canada is one of the most diverse nations in the world, with a rich heterogeneous population. Over the past few decades, the country has welcomed migrants from all over the world. It has a mix of English, Chinese, Indians, French, Irish, and German people from far and wide. Canada never fails to surprise you in terms of how culturally strong it is. 

Financial support : 

As much as Canada supports various communities, it also works towards building a robust education system. Following types of scholarships are available from the Canadian Government -

financial support in canada

For undergraduate programmes 

  • Merit-based scholarship
  • Provincial Government scholarship
  • Need-based grants and bursaries by college
  • Tuition waiver
  • Commonwealth scholarship
  • Private/Organisational scholarship

For Postgraduate programmes

  • Merit-based scholarship
  • Provincial Government scholarship
  • Research associate-ship
  • Professional Development award
  • Fellowship
  • Teaching assistantship
  • Commonwealth scholarship
  • Private/Organisational scholarship

Research and development: The government of Canada offers great support to universities for research in several disciplines of medicine, telecommunication, agriculture, environmental science and technology. Innovation is highly rewarded across all sectors. And the country invests and plans for several technological and scientific advancements that fuel the economy. 

English language: As mentioned earlier, Canada is a multicultural hub. Although you’ll find people in Canada speaking French, a vast majority use English for their day-to-day communication. 

According to a National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the number of Indians who became permanent residents in Canada increased from 39,340 in 2016 to 80,685 in 2019 - this is an increase of 105%.

Course fee: Canada is considered an affordable or rather a cheaper study destination for Indian students. Given the large number of scholarships available and the diverse student community, the country is a popular study abroad choice. 

Here is a glimpse of how the cost of studying in Canada looks like -

S.no. Study program Average annual fee (in CAD*)
1 Undergraduate program $13,000 to $20,000 per year
2 Postgraduate master's degree $17,000 to $25,000 per year
3 Doctoral degree $7,000 to $15,000 per year
4 MBA $30,000 to $40,000 per year

On average, if you are looking to study in Canada, you must have a minimum of 10 lakhs. For masters programmes, you will need at least 15 lakhs with you. 

Top-ranking universities: A list of top-ranked universities in Canada based on QS Rankings 2021 

Canada Rank Global Rank University
1 =25 University of Toronto
2 =31 McGill University
3 45 University of British Columbia
4 118 Université de Montréal
5 119 University of Alberta
6 144 McMaster University
7 =166 University of Waterloo
8 =203 Western University
9= =246 Queen's University
9= =246 University of Calgary

Exams to study: The exams that make you eligible to study in colleges and universities in Canada are 

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • GRE
  • GMAT

Post-study work options:

It's easy to stay and work in Canada after your studies. Under the PGPW program, a student studying in Canada can stay for 3 years and work in any role they want. However, there are certain criteria a student must meet to get a PGPW permit. 

Quality of life: Canada is a much more stable country than most others. Based on the 2020 Best Countries Rankings, conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, Canada is the most preferred destination for people to settle in.

Canada has a number of good places to study for International Students.The survey also revealed Canada to be no. 1 for being politically stable, no. 2 for its good job market, and no. 4 for its sound public education system.

3. Germany 

Education standards: Germany offers you an above average standard of education, globally. The country has not only the oldest but also some of the finest and globally recognised higher education institutions. Over 17000 study programmes at more than 380 officially recognized universities are open in Germany for international students. 

Diversity: There are over 3 lakh international students in Germany seeking higher education opportunities. Being a pluralistic society, people from different ethnic groups dominate various regions in the country. All forms of people co-exist in the country, which also makes it an advanced country to settle in. 

Financial support: Numerous scholarships are open for international students to study in Germany. A few scholarships for international students are listed below:

  • DAAD scholarships
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships in Germany
  • DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Programme
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany for International Students
  • Erasmus Scholarship Programs in Germany

Research and development: Germany invests a huge amount of money in its research and development. Part of its funding goes to universities, non-university research laboratories, and government research institutes and labs. Besides, the private sector contributes to more than two-thirds of the funding in Germany. 

English language: Most people in Germany speak English. English is the first foreign language at the majority of schools in Germany, while French is the first choice in other schools. Places like Hamburg and Berlin have a large number of English speakers. 

Course fee: Since most public universities in Germany do not have any fees, one can say that studying in Germany is absolutely free.

International students are expected to pay a minimal administrative fee which usually costs between 100 and 350 EUR/semester. This makes the country an ideal destination for students who are financially weak but have the ability to seek admissions based on merit. 

German universities where Indian students can study for free -

  • University of Stuttgart
  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Bremen
  • University of Cologne
  • University of Hamburg

german universities free for indian students

The cost of accommodation, food, and transport should also be factored in while studying in Germany. 

Top-ranking universities: The top-ranking German universities based on QS Rankings 2021 are -

Germany rank Global rank University
1 50 Technische Universität München
2 63 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
3 64 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
4 117 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5 130 Freie Universität Berlin
6 131 KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
7 145 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
8 148 Technische Universität Berlin
9 =173 Technische Universität Dresden
=10 =175 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
=10 =175 Universität Freiburg

Exams to study: International students need to appear for the following exams to study in Germany

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • Test of German as a Foreign Language [TestDaf] - for German-taught programmes 

Post-study work options: Once you complete your studies in Germany, you can extend your stay permit to 18 months. To apply for your residence permit, you must have a passport, health insurance, university degree certificate, and proof of financial support.

Within those 18 months you’re allowed to work, which means ideally you should be ready by your final semester to find a job. The next step is to apply for the EU Blue Card, and if you have plans to settle in Germany, then you should apply for a settlement permit.

Quality of life: All the above reasons make Germany a happening spot for Indian students. The country has made major contributions towards its environment, infrastructure, public health, and education system. Its quality of life is definitely better than most other nations.  

4. Singapore 

Education standards: Not just in Asia, but across the world Singapore’s education system is considered world-class. It has a vast pool of academic talent from all over the world.

The country is home to universities that are recognised globally for their exceptional academics and advanced research facilities. For example, the National University of Singapore has been consistently ranked in the top-ranked universities in the world. 

Diversity: Diversity is at its peak in a country like Singapore. There are 4 official languages in the country – English [the dominant language] Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The diversity has made international students choose Singapore as their preferred study destination. Students find it easy to familiarize themselves with everyday life in the country due to its pluralistic nature. 

Financial support: International students willing to move to Singapore can choose a number of scholarships such as -

  • Singapore International Graduate Award
  • Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award
  • SIA Youth Scholarship
  • INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership
  • Science & Technology Undergraduate Scholarship (National University of Singapore)
  • Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship

 

Research and development: Singapore is a hub of economic activities. It’s a leading industrial centre for aerospace, precision engineering, information technology, and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have their research centres and Asian headquarters in the country. 

English language: Thanks to the blend of so many different cultures in the country, English is predominantly understood by almost everyone in the country. Almost 75% of the population is fluent in English. 

Course fee: The course fee at Singapore universities is categorised into subsidized and non-subsidized. Subsidized course fees [or tuition grants] are offered under the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore to international students studying at local public universities.

In this scheme, international students must work for 3 years after graduation with any Singapore-registered companies. Typically, a subsidized tuition fee is around 8000 SGD, which is roughly 4 to 5 lakhs in Indian currency. 

Top-ranking universities 

National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Singapore Management University are the top universities in Singapore. These have consistently performed well for the past several years. 

Exams to study:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • PTE 

Post-study work options: Once you finish your graduation, you can apply for a long-term visit pass, which allows you to stay in the country for 12 months. If you find a job within that time frame, your employer applies for an S pass on your behalf.

This pass is generally for mid-level skilled employees. If you have an average earning of over 4500 SGD, then you’re eligible for an employment pass, which guarantees you higher stability. 

Quality of life: 

Singapore is praised for its efficient urban planning, developed economy, superior geographical location, convenient transportation, and friendly social atmosphere. It’s also well known for its rich culture of art, history, architecture, food, and festivals.

Singapore takes its laws very seriously. There are strict anti-litter policies (a fine of SGD 1000 if you litter for the first time, and a fine of further SGD 5000 if you repeat it). It’s the greenest city in Asia. Also, the crime rates are relatively low. Overall, one can expect a high standard of living from this country, which was once the poorest of all nations. 

 

5. France 

Education standards: France offers over 3,500 public and private learning institutes, including 72 universities, 25 multi-institute campuses, 271 doctoral schools, and 220 business and management schools. Also, there are 22 schools of architecture and over 227 engineering schools in the country.

Diversity: Around 2.5 million students study in France every year, of which around 12% are from different countries abroad. This international vibe adds a unique taste to the life and culture in France. Although French is the official language, many courses are English taught. One can easily find universities where English is the preferred mode of communication. 

Financial support: Both government and non-government scholarships are available for Indian students to study in France. Here is a list -

  • Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence 
  • Erasmus + 
  • The Chateaubriand Fellowship

Research and development: France is home to the finest researchers and scientists in the world, such as Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie. It’s estimated that France spends around 49 billion euros on research.

top ranking universities in France

CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique- National Centre for Scientific Research), INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - the National Institute of Agricultural Research) and INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - National Institute of Health and Medical Research) are some of the prestigious institutes to work with.

English language: Although English is an optional language in France, it’s not difficult for the people to understand the basics of the language. However, a good understanding of French will help if you are serious about your education and work life in the country. 

Course fee: The tuition fees at French institutes are considerably low for most international students. You can expect to pay around €2,770 per year for a bachelors degree and €3,770 for a masters, which is roughly 3 to 4 lakhs per year. 

Top-ranking universities: Top-ranked universities in France based on QS Rankings 2021 are as follows-

France rank Global rank University
1 52 Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)
2 68 Ecole Polytechnique
3 83 Sorbonne University
4 138 CentraleSupélec
5 161 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
=6 242= Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
=6 242= Sciences Po Paris
8 275= Université de Paris
9 =287 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
10 291= ENS Paris-Saclay

Exams to study: 

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • GRE
  • GMAT
  • DELF/DALF

Post-study work options: In order to settle in France, you must have a valid employment contract after your studies. Most importantly, you need to have a masters degree from a reputed university or business school. Once you have these sorted, you can apply for an APS visa, which will allow you to stay in the country for 2 years. 

Quality of life: The quality of life in France is of above-average standards. People of France love culture, coffee, music, and simple living. The country enjoys a robust health support system, and also a strong educational structure. 

6. USA 

Education standards: Many Indian students still believe in the idea of the ‘American dream’. They look forward to studying in the States which has been home to several world-class universities such as MIT and Harvard. The country offers a sea of choices, along with the freedom to choose the course structure. 

At an undergraduate level, you can choose different courses before you decide on your major. This holds true for your graduation too. Most American colleges and universities focus on liberal education, which better prepares an individual for the world. 

Diversity: Needless to say that the United States is a mix of different cultures, races and ethnicities. You grow in the midst of a rich, heterogeneous environment. This not only gives you the much-needed exposure, but also prepares you for life. 

Financial support:

The country has a strong education system, and thus it also supports its vast international student community with a number of scholarships. Some of the government and non-government scholarships to look for are -

  • Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
  • AAUW International Fellowships
  • Columbia College Scholarships
  • Dartmouth College Scholarships 

Research and development: The USA has a long history of scientific, technological, political, and social advancements. It has been at the forefront of major research breakthroughs. The country is also riddled with several historical and political revolutions, including the American revolution, which have shaped the entire country and the world surrounding it. You can find a blend of both science and arts there. 

English language: English is widely spoken in all the states of the country. In fact, American English is considered to be far superior to other variants of English. 

Course fee: The course fee at the majority of American institutions is on the higher side. Typically, an Indian student needs approx. 33 lakhs to study a graduate program in the USA. 

School Tuition fees in USD (indicative)
English language studies $700 to $2,000 a month
Community colleges $6,000 to $20,000 per year
Undergraduate bachelor degree $20,000 to $40,000 per year
Graduate programs $20,000 to $45,000 per year
Doctoral degree $28,000 to $55,000 per year

 

Top-ranking universities: The top US Universities - based on QS Rankings 2021 - are 

Rank  Institution  Location 
1 Harvard University  Cambridge, MA 
2 Stanford University  Stanford, CA 
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  Cambridge, MA 
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)  Berkeley, CA 
5 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)  Los Angeles, CA 
6 Yale University  New Haven, CT 
7 Columbia University  New York, NY 
8 Princeton University  Princeton, NJ 
9 New York University (NYU)  New York, NY 
10 University of Pennsylvania  Philadelphia, PA 

Exams to study:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • GRE
  • GMAT
  • ACT
  • SAT 

Post-study work options: As an Indian student studying in the USA, you need an F1 visa. Once you get that, you’re eligible to stay for 12 months in the country after applying for an OPT [optional practical training]. OPT allows you to apply for employment-authorised practical training in your field of study. 

Quality of life: Although the quality of life looks a bit grand in the USA, its high cost of living and housing can put you in a difficult situation, burning a hole in your pocket. You must have a good job that pays you above average such that you can meet the living expenses in the country.

Since the USA is a highly developed country and bustling with people from all over the world, it’s not difficult to find your own community and people who speak the same language.

7. UK 

Education standards: The education system of the UK has always been considered the best. It’s divided into 4 categories - primary, secondary, further, and higher education. Higher education in the UK mostly comprises bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Another category is pathway programs that generally include English language courses and foundation courses.

Diversity: The UK has a diverse group of migrants and its own people. A vast majority of people from different religions and ethinic groups live in London. Birmingham, Edinburg, and Manchester are equally well known for their diversity. 

Financial support: Financial aid in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants, fellowships, and financial awards are available for Indian students. These are awarded every year either by the government, public/private organisations or institutions. Some of the scholarships you can apply for are-

  • Chevening scholarships
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)

Research and development: The UK ranks 2nd in science and research. It invests a huge amount of funds towards research and development that is relevant for the world. For instance, the University of Oxford created its first-ever Covid vaccine in the wake of the pandemic last tear. It’s a significant scientific achievement saving millions of lives worldwide. 

English language: English language is largely shaped and influenced by the way most people in the UK communicate. In fact, Indian English follows the structure of British English to an extent. This means wherever you go in the UK, you won’t have a problem with using English. 

Course fee: The tuition fee is a bit higher in the UK, but given the scholarships available for Indian students, it shouldn’t be difficult to go for your studies. You must also factor in the accommodation and other living expenses when you study in the UK. 

Study Program Average fee (in Euros*)  
1 Undergraduate degree GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year
2 Postgraduate degree GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year
3 Doctoral degree GBP 15,000 to GBP 24,000 per year

This means, if you roughly translate, you need at least 10 lakhs per year to study in the UK. 

course fee in uk

Top-ranking universities: Based on the QS Rankings 2021, the top universities in the UK are 

UK Rank Global Rank Institution
1 5 University of Oxford
2 7 University of Cambridge
3 8 Imperial College London
4 10 UCL (University College London)
5 20 University of Edinburgh
6 27= The University of Manchester
7 31= King’s College London (KCL)
8 49 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
9 58 University of Bristol
10 62 The University of Warwick

Exams to study:

  • IELTS
  • GRE
  • PTE
  • GMAT

Post-study work options: Under the new Graduate Route Visa program, Indian students can stay back in the UK for 2 years after they graduate to look for a job. The good news is there are no minimum salary requirements  to apply for such visas. 

Quality of life:The UK's quality of life is above average in terms of its education, public health, job and earnings, and environment. The country has relatively lower unemployment and poverty rates than others. It also does well in gender equality and pay gap. 

8. Norway (h3)

Education standards: In Norway, the higher education system follows the Bologna process. That means, it follows a 3+2+3 process, that is bachelors [3 years], masters [2 years], and doctoral [3 years]. You’ll find both private and public institutions in Norway.

Also, you can choose from over 200 masters and other bachelor programmes taught in English. It’s believed that the public education system in Norway is outstanding with numerous tuition cost-free courses to choose from. 

Diversity: Norway is an ethnically diverse nation with a mix of Norwegian, Jewish and Romani people. Although it’s a small country, it has always welcomed people from its borders. The population growth has remained fairly steady year on year though a majority of people have been found to be over 65. 

Financial support: Although public universities have a no-fee structure in Norway, there are scholarships available for international students, such as -

  • University of Oslo Scholarships
  • NORAM Scholarships
  • University of Stavanger Scholarships
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology Scholarships
  • Norwegian-Russian Scholarship Scheme
  • University of Bergen Scholarships

Research and development: The country is highly sustainable; it’s a world leader in manufacturing electric cars and 95% of the country’s electricity is generated via hydropower. It leads other countries like Germany and the UK in research areas like marine, land-based biology, agriculture, earth sciences, mathematics, medicine and dentistry. 

English language: Norway has two official languages - the first is Norwegian, with variants being Bokmål and Nynorsk. The second is Sami, with variants Norther, Lule and Southern. Most Norwegians speak good English, and there are English-taught programmes at most institutes in the nation.

Course fee: As mentioned above, public universities in Norway don’t have tuition fees. On the other hand, private universities have tuition fees, which could be higher than most European countries. The tuition costs at private institutes in Norway usually range between 7,000 and 19,000 EUR/year.

Some of the universities in Norway where you can study for free

  • University of Stavanger
  • UIT the Arctic University of Norway 
  • University of Agder
  • University College of Southeast Norway

norway universities for free indian students

Top-ranking  universities: 

  • University of Oslo 
  • University of Bergen 
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Exams to study: 

  • TOEFL iBT
  • IELTS
  • PTE

Post-study work options: All international students willing to work after graduation in Norway must have a resident permit, and can stay back for 1 year to look for employment. 

Quality of life: The United Nations Human Development states that Norway is one of the best places, with the lowest crime rates, to live in the world. Most of the cities and towns are beautiful, with breathtaking mountains and coastlines - add to that the spectacular ‘Northern Lights’.

With a population of just 5.4 million people, there is always enough space to walk, breathe and enjoy life. Bergen, a seaport on the west coast, is Norway’s second largest city. It’s a popular study destination with many colleges and universities. Bergen is home to students from more than 100 different countries.

9. New Zealand 

Education standards: New Zealand follows the UK education system. New Zealand has some of the top ranking institutions in the world, ranging from universities, polytechnics, and private training establishments [PTEs]. Universities offer the majority of UG and PG degrees. And the latter are for diploma or certificate programmes. 

Diversity: With over 5 million population, the country is one of the most diverse nations. Besides its Maori and other indegenous populations, New Zealand is dominated by Asians. Auckland is the most ethnically diverse place in the country. 

Financial support: Indian students have access to different types of scholarships to study in New Zealand - ranging from university-specific and government-funded scholarships. These are -

  • Fulbright New Zealand US Graduate Awards 
  • New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Scholarships –
  • The University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering Scholarship
  • Victoria Master’s Scholarship
  • University of Canterbury Dean’s Award
  • Lincoln University Academic Scholarships
  • BayerBoost Environmental Scholarship Scheme
  • R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Bickerton- Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship
  • LEARN Scholarships

Research and development: New Zealand has always prioritised its research and development sectors. Significant investments have been made in various key business sectors as well. New Zealand is one of the most chosen countries for engineering degrees, and also for MBBS studies. 

English language: New Zealand is an English-speaking country, and thus you’ll find it easier to cope with the culture. Although indegenous language speakers are dominant, English is a key language in almost all major cities in the country. 

Course fee: 

Study Program Cost (in NZ$)*  
1 Undergraduate degree $20,500 - $25,000 annually
2 Master's degree $19,000 - $29,000 annually
3 Doctoral degree $6,500 - $9,000 annually 
4 MBA $31,000 - $50, 000 annually

 

Therefore, you need a minimum of 13 to 15 lakhs to study masters in a country like New Zealand. The other costs like accommodation, transport and living expenses need to be factored in. 

Top-ranking universities 

The top universities in New Zealand are 

  • University of Otago
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Waikato

Exams to study:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • GMAT 

Post-study work options: New Zealand has skill shortages across various sectors, and that’s why graduates are in high demand.There is a strong demand for skilled workers in the health, information and communications technology, agriculture and farming, and engineering industries.

If you have studied from a reputable institute in New zealand, you’re eligible for a post-study work visa. It allows you to stay for at least 3 years and work for any employer that you wish to work for. 

Quality of life: With a multicultural environment, the country is filled with several kinds of natural landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to steaming volcanoes. You can also find lush forests and sandy beaches to enjoy a warm and pleasant climate. 

 

10. Italy 

Education standards: From arts, fine arts, to computer science, universities in Italy have many courses to choose from, many of which are English-taught. The country has some of the oldest institutes in Europe, with the University of Bologna being founded in 1088, the University of Padua in 1222, and the University of Naples in 1224.

Italy follows the Bologna system of education. You’ll find a 3+2+3-cycle system, which means it takes 5 years to complete both undergrad and postgrad studies at any institutes in Italy.

Diversity: Italy is one of the most homogeneous nations you’ll ever see. This means, almost 95% of the population comprises Italians and the remaining is of minorities from different parts of the world. Having said that, it doesn’t imply that you cannot find like-minded people even if you are from a different cultural background. 

Financial support: You’ll be supported by several scholarships when you choose Italy for your higher education. These scholarships are -

  • Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
  • Bologna University Study Grants for International Students
  • University of Pavia International Scholarships for Developing Country Students
  • Bocconi Merit and International Awards
  • Università Cattolica International Scholarships

Research and development: Despite the country investing too little in its research sectors, international students show interest in pursuing their PhDs in Italy. Areas like arts, design, and architecture; business and management studies; environmental studies and earth sciences, etc are largely popular among international students.  

English language: Almost 30% of the population speaks English in Italy though the population is highly dominated by Italians. Spanish is the second most popular language. Venice has a huge number of English speakers from various parts of the world.

Course fee: Italy is one of the most affordable countries in Europe. It is applied to both tuition fees and living costs.

  1. Average tuition for all degree types: 850 to 1,000 EUR/year, which is a minimum of INR 75,000 per year.
  2. Average living expenses: 700 to 1,000 EUR/month for housing, food, transportation and fun.
  3. Rome, Milan and Bologna are the most expensive cities in Italy.
  4. Pisa, Padua, or Turin are cheaper places to live in.

Top-ranking universities: Here is a list of the top-ranking universities in Italy based on reports from several sources -

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2021) TopUniversities Ranking (2021) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
University of Bologna 160 167 112
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa 170 - 714
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 181 - 212
Sapienza University of Rome 212 171 114
University of Padua 257 216 114
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University 251 392 352
University of Trento 301 403 224
The University of Milan 351 301 164
University of Milano - Bicocca 351 521 281
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano 401 601 -

 

Exams to study:

  • GR
  • GMAT
  • SAT
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS

Post-study work option: In Italy, the stay-back option is allowed for up to 6 to 12 months after you graduate. In case you are not able to find a job in that period of time, then you should go back to your native country. 

Quality of life: Italy is home to over 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The country has a rich historical past. 

From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the streets and canals of Venice, to the centre of the Catholic faith in Vatican City, Italy offers you so much to enjoy. Plus you can also learn a bit of Italian history and geography and visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. The beaches of Bari and the iconic beauty of Milan and Florence add to the charm of Italy. 

 

11. Ireland

Education standards: Universities in Ireland follow the National Framework of Qualifications (NFF). This means wherever you are enrolled at, you receive a uniform education method.

You get to experience an interactive and innovative learning approach with your peers and instructors. In most of the Irish institutions, you’ll find the classroom size to be smaller. And there are plenty of English-taught programmes to choose from.

Diversity: Diversity in Ireland has remained a debatable issue for the past few years, especially after Brexit. In the last few decades, the country has seen tremendous immigration. Currently, 12 % of the population is ethnically diverse, the remaining being dominated by Irish people. 

Financial support: As an international student, you can apply for the following scholarships in Ireland -

  • The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship
  • UCD Scholarships.
  • Smurfit Business School scholarships.
  • UCD Global Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship- USA.
  • The Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship (MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin )
  • UCD Sutherland School of Law.
  • The Walsh Fellowship

Research and development: Social science, natural science, humanities, and healthcare are popular areas to pursue research in. Both undergraduate and graduate students have a lot of scope in the country to apply for research programs.

Innovation is appreciated across all sectors. Names like Ernest Walton, John Bell, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce are an integral part of the Irish education system. 

English language: Irish is the first official language in the country, and English is the second. However, all official documents are published in both languages. 

Course fee: To study in Ireland, you need a minimum amount of INR 97,000 per year for any programme that you choose. 

Study program Average fees (in Euros*)  
1 Undergraduate program €9,850 to €25,500 annually
2 Postgraduate master's degree €9,500 to €34,500 annually
3 Doctoral degree €9,500 to €34,500 annually

Top-ranking universities: According to the QS Rankings 2021, here are the top universities in Ireland -

Irish rank Global rank Institution
1 101= Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
2 177= University College Dublin (UCD)
3 238= National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
4 286 University College Cork (UCC)
5 439= Dublin City University (DCU)
6 511-20 University of Limerick (UL)
7 701-750 Maynooth University
8 801-1000 Technological University of Dublin

Exams to study: 

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • GRE/GMAT - mostly for MBA admissions at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (UCD)

Post-study work options: Ireland is known to have over 1,000 multi-national companies - 9 of 10 global ICT companies, 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies, 6 of the top 7 diagnostic companies, 8 of the top 10 gaming companies, and 15 of the top 20 medical device companies. The big techs like Google, Microsoft and Apple are also here. 

As an Indian student studying in Ireland, after you graduate, you are allowed to stay back for 2 years and look for employment. Once you find a job, you can apply for a Green Card or Work Permit to settle in the country. 

Quality of life: Irsish people are known for their friendly approach. The Republic of Ireland is home to age-old traditions, customs and folk music. You have a lot happening - St. Patrick’s Day, Galway Oyster Festival, Puck Fair, Fleadh Traditional Irish Music Festival and so on. Dublin and Belfast are popular places to stay. They have a huge international community, and good flight connectivity. 

12. Netherlands 

Education standards: International students from over 150 countries study in the Netherlands because of its innovative teaching methods. The country also offers globally-recognised degrees. Both teachers and students are treated as ‘equals’ and there is a sense of belonging wherever you go. 

Diversity: There are so many English-taught programmes in the Netherlands. This creates a huge opportunity for people from all over the world to come and study in the country. The country is diverse and one of the most open-minded places to live in. Amsterdam is a multicultural hub with over 180 different nationalities. 

Financial support: Dutch higher education is supported by the government. Tuition costs are relatively low in the country. You can apply for plenty of international scholarships too - 

  • Orange KnowledgeProgramme
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Leiden University Excellence Scholarships
  • University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships
  • Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen
  • TU Delft Excellence Scholarships

Research and development: Agriculture, water management, dyke building, banking and finance, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy, etc are popular fields of research in the Netherlands. Research is the top focus of any academic journey that you undertake in the country. 

There are 14 research universities in the country; the largest institute is TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. There are many other research organisations for international students. 

English language: Almost 90% of the dutch population speaks English, which makes it a popular study abroad destination among Indian students.  

Course fee: The cost of studying in the Netherlands is relatively low. For example, on average, the tuition fee is around € 7.000 for non-EU students, which is close to 6 Lakhs in Indian currency per year.

Top-ranking universities: 

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2021) TopUniversities Ranking (2021) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
Wageningen University and Research 62 115 83
University of Amsterdam 66 61 40
Leiden University 70 128 86
Erasmus University Rotterdam 72 197 68
Utrecht University 75 121 54
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 78 57 172
University of Groningen 80 128 92
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 116 236 80
Maastricht University 121 234 189
Radboud University 136 214 103

Exams to study: 

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • GRE/GMAT

Post-study work options: The Netherlands is the European headquarters for many global organizations including Heineken, Shell, ING, Philips and Unilever. Graduates can stay back for 3 years and apply for a  residence permit. But the permit is valid for a year only. 

Quality of life: The country is home to more than 100,000 students from different parts of the globe. It’s an open-minded nation where you can experience various cultures.

Haarlem and Amsterdam are considered to be most student friendly. The city has some really good restaurants, a good number of clubs, libraries, and prestigious schools to make your study experience enriching. 

Conclusion

So which is your favourite destination to study abroad in 2021-2022? Let’s know in the comments. Our study abroad advisors can help you select the best matching institutes for you. They will shortlist a few institutes based on your academic profile and you can take it from there! Good luck. 

FAQs 

  1. Which is the best place to study abroad for Indian students? 

It depends on your budget. If you are slightly tight on your budget then you can go for Canada for your overseas education. Germany and Norway are other excellent choices. 

On the other hand, most European nations and other Countries like Singapore, the USA and UK are recommended places for overseas studies if you have a good budget planned.

2. Which is the cheapest country to study abroad for Indian students? 

The relatively cheaper countries to study overseas include Norway, Germany, and Canada.

3. Which country is safe for Indian students? 

The concept of safety varies from time to time. In general, most countries are safe as long as you are aware of the rules, and you know what to do in order to survive and protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstances.

4. Which country has the highest number of Indian international students? 

According to a report released in 2019 by Project Atlas®, the number of international students were the highest in these countries -

Rank Country International student population
1 USA 1,095,299
2 UK 496,570
3 China 492,185
4 Canada 435,415
5 Australia 420,501
6 France 343,400
7 Russia 334,497
8 Germany 282,002
9 Japan 208,901
10 Spain 120,991

Of which, the majority of Indian student population was found to study in the USA, UK, and Canada. 

5. I want to study abroad but I don't know where to begin? 

Speak to the study abroad counsellors of Kanan International. They will assist you with a plan based on your academic profile and the budget that you have. They will also monitor your application submissions, and keep you updated when you receive an offer. In short, all your study abroad worries will be handled by our expert team at Kanan. 

6. Which is the best country to study MBBS abroad for indian students? 

Australia, USA, UK, Germany, France, and Singapore are all well-known destinations for MBBS programmes.

7. Which is the best country for Indian students in the post-pandemic world?

New Zealand has managed the pandemic most effectively among the rest of the world. This has made the country a popular destination among study abroad aspirants and also other people in general. Besides that, Canada, France, Germany, and Ireland are all good choices to study after the pandemic for Indian students. 

8. Which is the most affordable study abroad country for Indian students? 

The most affordable study abroad countries for Indian students are Germany, Canada, and Norway. 

9. Which is the best country to study abroad and settle in for indian students ? 

Canada again tops the list in this aspect. Ireland is also in the list due to its 4-year stay back programme. Other countries like Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia are places where you can think of settling in after your graduation.

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