The 5 Best Countries To Study Abroad For Students – Crossroad Consultants

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Now that you know about the top foreign destinations where most of the Indian students head to pursue education, read about each of these countries and choose the best country to study abroad.

Best Country to Study Abroad – United States

Not only the worlds largest economy but the USA is also the leading study destination for lakhs of international students. The country boasts of world-class education and maintains high standards of study in its educational institutions. Also, at least 5 of the universities of USA rank in the top 10 of the QS World University Rankings and over 30 are in the top 100. This makes the United States the best country to study abroad for many students. Highlighted below are the top attractions of the US that entice Indian students towards it.

Top Institutions to Lookout For: Institutions such as Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and Princeton University are a big draw for Indian students who wish to study abroad.

Popular Courses Among International Students: MBA, Engineering, Computer Science, Law and Medicine courses are big hits among Indian students.

Visa Procedure: To apply for a student visa, the candidates need at the most 3 to 5 months in advance. Find below the list of visas that a candidate can be eligible for if he/she is going to start a course study in the USA.

  • F1 Visa An international student going for a full-time academic course is eligible for F1 Visa, which grants them an on-campus work permit of 20 hours per week.
  • J1 Visa Candidates visiting the US for short-term courses such as exchange programs, research fellowships and working professionals are eligible for J1 Visa.
  • M1 Visa Under the provision of this visa scheme, the students coming for a fixed time period (not more than 1 year) are eligible for M1 Visa. The candidates are not allowed to work under this visa.

Best Country to Study Abroad – Canada

Gaining popularity among international students due to its top-notch universities/colleges and easy visa application, Canada can also be considered as the best country to study abroad. Several universities rank high up in the QS World University Rankings.

Highlighted below are the top attractions of Canada that entice Indian students towards it.

Popular Courses Among International Students: Some of the most popular courses among international students to study in Canada are MBA, Computer Science & IT, Business & Finance, Civil Engineering & Construction and Public Health. Thousands of students from India go to Canada every year to pursue a course of their liking.

Tuition Fees in Canada: The tuition fees the candidates need to pay is comparatively lower than that of the US. However, the tuition fees can go as high as CAD 30,000 per annum depending on the course the student is opting for. Nevertheless, several scholarships, grants or discounts are offered to international students to lower their financial burden. Given below is the list of scholarships that students can apply for if they wish to study in Canada.

Visa Procedure: To study in Canada, the candidates need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa. The visa process generally takes 3-4 weeks to complete. The students can apply for a study visa either through the online process or offline process. Also, Indian students have the benefit of applying through Student Direct Stream to get study permits faster. The candidates need to pay CAD 160 as a visa application fee. Find below the list of documents that a candidate needs to attach with his/her visa application.

  • A copy of the students acceptance letter from a designated learning institution
  • A copy of the applicants upfront medical exam confirmation document
  • A proof that the applicant has a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000
  • A proof that the applicant has paid the tuition fee of the first year
  • Proof of English language competency through a language assessment test such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6
  • After the approval of the candidates visa application, the candidates receive a letter of introduction and a visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa) to enter Canada.

Best Country to Study Abroad – Australia

A popular study abroad destination among Indian students, Australia has a lot to offer to international students. The country is home to a number of top-ranking universities that provide world-class education and infrastructure to students. At least 37 Australian institutions are included in the latest QS World University Rankings. For thousands of international students, Australia is the best country to study abroad.

Highlighted below are the top attractions of Australia that attract Indian students towards it.

Top Institutions to Lookout For: Australian National University (ANU), University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Queensland (UQ) are the top 5 universities of Australia. These universities are well-known for their academic excellence and placement opportunities.

Popular Courses Among International Students: The most sought-after courses that attract international student population to Australian universities are Business & Management, Medicine, Accounting, Dentistry, Law, Engineering, Environmental Science and more.

Tuition Fees in Australia: The tuition fees in Australian universities are relatively lower than that of the USA, UK and other countries. The average cost of education in Australia is AUD 30,000 per annum. There are also a lot of scholarship options, tuition fee waivers and grants for international students. Most of these scholarship schemes are disbursed on the basis of students merit. Find below the list of popular scholarships that a student can avail if he/she wishes to pursue an education in Australia.

Visa Procedure: To apply for a student visa, the candidates need to start the visa process at least 3 months in advance. They need to apply online for Student Visa (Subclass 500). An amount of AUD 560 is charged from the applicants as the visa application fee. Find below the list of documents that a candidate needs to while applying for with his/her student visa.

  • A copy of Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer
  • A copy of passport biodata page
  • Evidence of sufficient fund (at least AUD 20,290 per annum)
  • Evidence of Health Insurance Cover
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Criminal Record Check Results
  • Passport size photograph of the applicant

Best Country to Study Abroad – New Zealand

Replete with scenic beauty and cultural richness, New Zealand is the perfect study abroad destination for those who want to indulge in nature as well as pursue a quality education. There are 8 universities in New Zealand and all of them are ranked in the QS World University Rankings.

Highlighted below are the top attractions of New Zealand that attract Indian students towards it.

Top Institutions to Lookout For: University of Auckland, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury and University of Waikato are the top 5 universities of New Zealand. House of thousands of international students, these universities are world renown for courses like law, information management, hospitality, business and research.

Popular Courses Among International Students: The most popular courses that draw international students toward New Zealand universities are nursing, veterinary science, medicine, engineering, law and social work. These courses are available to students studying at different study levels graduate, postgraduate, certificate, diploma and research.

Tuition Fees in New Zealand: Education fee is comparatively lower in New Zealand than in other famous destinations like the US and UK. However, the tuition fees vary from one educational institution to another. An undergraduate course here costs between NZD 27,592 to NZD 72,896 and PG level courses charge at the most NZD 46,787. But international students need not worry much about the cost of education as they can avail a variety of scholarship schemes, tuition fee waivers and grants. Find below the list of popular scholarships that a student can avail if he/she wishes to pursue an education in New Zealand.

  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships Offered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India in collaboration with New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade, the selected candidates become eligible for full tuition fee waiver, a living allowance of NZD 491 per week, an establishment allowance of NZD 3000, medical and travel insurance and much more.
  • New Zealand Excellence Awards Jointly started by Education New Zealand and eight New Zealand universities, this scholarship offers an amount of NZD 10,000 to 34 meritorious Indian students.
  • Inlaks Scholarships Provided by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, the candidates receive a scholarship benefit of up to USD 100,000.
  • Tata Trusts Professional Enhancement Grant/Travel Scholarship Under this scheme started by the Tata Trusts, the eligible candidates receive a travel grant depending on their financial needs to visit abroad for professional enhancement.

Visa Procedure: If you wish to apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand, you must have obtained a confirmation letter from the designated institution. New Zealand provides several visa options for students. The simple visa process makes New Zealand one of the best places to study abroad. If the duration of the course is less than 3 months, the candidates can obtain a visitor visa. If the duration of the course of study is more than 6 months, the students can apply for the following student visas.