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20658 USD/year

Avg. Study Cost

13410 USD/year

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  • 494,525 International Students study in Canada
  • 25% of total international applicants are Indian
  • 27% South Asian Students Study in Canada
  • Intake Seasons- Fall, Winter, & Summer
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29553 USD/year

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33693 USD/year

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  • Acceptance Rate for Student Visa in the USA is 80%
  • 62% students get a job after completing their degree
  • 1.08 Million International Students study in the US
  • Intake Seasons- Fall & Spring

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188222 USD/year

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25743 USD/year

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  • Visa Acceptance Rate for Student Visa in 90-95%
  • 79% students get a job after degree completion
  • Numerous scholarships for international students
  • Intake Seasons- February & July
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20727 USD/year

Avg. Study Cost

16764 USD/year

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  • Acceptance Rate for Student Visa is 85%
  • 458,520 International Students studying in the UK
  • 54% International Freshman Enrolments
  • Intake Seasons- October & January

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6322 USD/year

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16565 USD/year

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  • Acceptance Rate in Germany is 92%
  • 2.3% students employed after degree completion
  • No Tuition Fee
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17935 USD/year

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12426 USD/year

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  • 92% students get a job after completing their degree
  • Ranked #11 in the Global Innovation Index, 2018
  • Second most attractive country in the world for FDI
  • Intake Seasons- September & January

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7875 USD/year

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  • 172,886 International students study in Malaysia
  • Visa Acceptance rate in Malaysia is 82%
  • 4 Universities Ranked in top 200 by QS Rankings
  • Intake Seasons- July, October, & February

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16484 USD/year

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19011 USD/year

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  • Visa Acceptance Rate for Student Visa in 84%
  • 91% students get a job after completing their degree
  • 97% management students employed
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24093 USD/year

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5230 USD/year

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  • 68% students get a job after completing their degree
  • 7 universities amongst top 100 by 2020 QS Ranking
  • More than $870M spent on research annually
  • Universities ranked in the top 3% in the world

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22185 USD/year

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3006 USD/year

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  • Acceptance Rate in Singapore is 82%
  • 50,000 International students study in Singapore
  • 2 Universities ranked amongst top 15 in Asia
  • Intake Seasons- January, August, & October

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15850 USD/year

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  • Visa Acceptance Rate for Student Visa in 90.23%
  • 37,834 International Students study in Sweden
  • No limit for work-study for international students
  • Intake Seasons- Autumn & Spring

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  • Acceptance Rate in Hong Kong is 90%
  • More than 20% spent on Education by the Govt.
  • 6 universities ranked amongst top 500 in 2019 by QS
  • Intake Seasons- July, December, & September
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Exams For Study Abroad

International English Language Testing System [IELTS]

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is an international standardized test that measures the level...

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Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL]

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international standardised test conducted to assess the level of English fluency of non-native speakers...

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Pearson Test of English [PTE]

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is an English language proficiency test conducted by Pearson PCL group in association with Edexcel. Any person whose na...

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Graduate Record Examination [GRE]

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an international standardized test required for admission into Graduate schools in the United States...

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Graduate Management Admission Test [GMAT]

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by GMAC for admission to nearly 5400 management courses in various Business Schools...

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Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT]

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Study Abroad

Essentials to Study Abroad: A Complete Guide for International Students

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
Study Abroad Expert

According to UNESCO, more than 3,00,000 Indian students went abroad to pursue higher studies in the year 2017. A research conducted by the Government of India indicates that the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada are the most coveted countries to pursue further education.

Out of the total number of Indian students studying abroad (2017), a whopping 69.5% decided to choose among the nations mentioned above. The total expenditure on tuition and hostel fees made by Indian students studying in foreign countries increased rapidly by 44 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013-14 to $2.8 billion in 2017-18.

International Students

Why Study Abroad?

According to the Economic Times, since 2005, the total number of international students opting to study abroad has globally risen from 28,00,000 to 41,00,000. In 2017, 50,00,000 international students were studying in foreign countries, out of which, around 3,00,000 were from India.

There are innumerable reasons which encourage both students and their parents to opt for global education. Some of them are discussed below:-

  • Globally-Renowned Education:- The most significant reason for international students to study abroad is the first-class quality of education. No matter which field students decide to pursue, studying in a foreign country offers them a large number of outstanding opportunities in terms of learning, skill-building, and professional knowledge.
  • Great Career Opportunities:- From a wide range of internships to working part-time, international students are exposed to unlimited opportunities and experiences which are valuable for their careers and growth. After the completion of their studies abroad, students possess a high chance of securing better and more fulfilling working opportunities.
  • Cultural Exposure:- Studying overseas offers international students a lifetime opportunity to live in an entirely new country and familiarise themselves with its culture, traditions, people, lifestyles, etc.
  • Discover Yourself:- For many students, studying abroad might be the first time when they will be living on their own. This could be their only chance to re-discover their interests and passions. Also, it involves a lot of responsibilities which can make them into a more independent and self-sufficient individual.
  • Linguistics:- Students studying in foreign countries like the USA, UK, France, Sweden and Germany need to be fluent in their native languages. Knowing a foreign language is always an added benefit in resumes as well as in personal lives.

What to study abroad?

International students can decide to study abroad at any level of their education, from a few weeks long summer programs to full-fledged degree courses. Some of the most commonly-opted academic programs are:-

Foundation and Pathways Programs

These are the post-secondary academic programs students choose to fill the gap between the current level of their education and knowledge & skills required to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at an international university. These programs assist in language proficiency and familiarize students with the education system of a particular country. Foundation Programs generally target both domestic as well as international students.

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees are the academic programs chosen by students at the undergraduate level. These programs provide a foundation of technical and academic knowledge necessary to go further in a particular choice of study. The duration of these programs is usually two years.

Associate degrees are most commonly offered by US universities, however, students can also find them in several other countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree is one of the most common reasons why international students study abroad. These degrees are standard programs that are recognized globally as ‘undergraduate programs’ and usually spans for 3-4 years. Students are advised to consider this option when a particular program is not offered in their home country.

Master’s Degrees

Even if one has completed a bachelor’s degree in their home country, they can always explore master’s degree programs around the world. Depending on their field of study, pursuing postgraduate studies from abroad could be highly beneficial for students’ career and growth.

Certificates and Diplomas

Certificate courses and diploma programs are short-term pathways to pursue a career or a passion. Students who are looking to gain a very specific skill within a short period of time must consider this option.

Doctoral Programs (Ph.D.)

Doctoral programs are considered the highest level of education. Since getting admission into Ph.D. programs are quite competitive and selective, pursuing doctoral programs from foreign countries can open various doors for students.

Language Courses

Knowing a foreign language is always an added advantage for students’ resumes and careers. Therefore, it is always a better option to master a new language by interacting with locals instead of self-teaching at home. Also, most universities from the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and Australia make it compulsory for their international students to be proficient in the native languages.

Where to Study Abroad?

After deciding the study, the next step is to figure out where. Traditionally, the USA dominates this chart with over one lakh Indian students studying in US universities. However, as of August 2018, Australia is also emerging as one of the favorite educational destinations with over 68,000 Indian students studying in renowned Australian universities.

The QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings highlights the countries with the world’s strongest higher education systems. The rankings tabulated below are based on four main criteria, system strength, access, flagship institution performance, and economic context.

Top Countries Rankings to Study Abroad (QS Rankings)

RanksCountriesOverall Scores
1United States100
2United Kingdom98.6
3Australia93.8
4Germany93.4
5Canada90.4
6France86.8
7Netherlands84.9
14Sweden74.8
16New Zealand73.7
18Hong Kong71.2
24Ireland58.9
25Malaysia58.6

How to Study Abroad?

The decision to study in a foreign country may appear a bit overwhelming. However, if planned accordingly, this process can be simplified into the following steps:-

Choose a Program to Study

Before we begin, the first main step is to finalize the choice of study students want to pursue for their future. There are a lot of programs offered at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate levels in a wide variety of professional fields such as Business & Finance, Medicine, Engineering & Technology, Education, History, Literature, Visual & Performing Arts, Politics etc.

Most-Coveted Programs Offered in Germany

Programs Offered in Germany

Most-Coveted Programs Offered in U.S.A

Programs offered in USA

Most-Coveted Programs Offered in United Kingdom

Programs offered in UK

Most-Coveted Programs Offered in Australia

Programs offered in Australia

Choose the University/ College

After deciding which program to study, the next step is to target the prospective universities. This decision should be based on various factors like costs & expenses, academic quality and structure, faculty, admission requirements, deadlines, post-degree career opportunities etc.

Tests to Take

There are two types of tests international students must take before starting with the application process. These are Language Proficiency Tests (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc) and Standardized Tests (SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, etc). Different countries have different preferences for one test over another. For instance:-

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and PTE (Pearson Tests of English) exams are the most preferred language exams in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is widely accepted by the USA and Canadian universities.
  • Cambridge English Proficiency Tests (CAE & CPE) are given a huge preference by British universities.
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are widely accepted by countries for undergraduate programs.
  • GMAT/ GRE scores are globally accepted by the universities for graduate programs.
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Every university has its own application process and its guidelines. For instance, many US universities accept applications via Common Application Portal whereas universities based in the United Kingdom invites applications via UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admission Service). Usually, there is also a non-refundable application fee to be paid.

Necessary Documents

To be considered for admission at a university, international students must submit all the necessary documents along with a completed online/ offline application. These documents play an important role in the evaluation process and the admission decision. Here’s a list of the general documents required to complete an admission application:-

  • Official Transcripts of all the colleges and universities previously attended.
  • Copies of the transcripts translated in the native language
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc)
  • Proof of Language Proficiency
  • Letters of Recommendation/ References
  • Letters of Motivation/ Personal Statement
  • Resume/ Curriculum Vitae (Updated Version)
  • Samples of Written Work
  • Interview

Student Visa for Study Abroad

International students who are enrolled in qualified educational institutions in foreign countries must obtain a student visa. A student visa is an official travel document issued by the government of a particular country. Students must have a thorough knowledge of all the aspects related to the visa application process and its requirements. Some of them are discussed below:-

When should one apply for a student visa?

The most important factor in studying abroad is to plan efficiently. International students are always advised to begin with their preparation according to the university’s deadlines. Generally, they need to wait for the confirmation letter sent from the university before they apply for a student visa. For smooth application processing without any hassle, students should apply at least 3-4 months in advance.

What type of visa is required?

Different countries have different visa requirements. For instance, students choosing to study in the U.S universities will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa, whereas, for universities based in the United Kingdom, students must apply for TIer-4 Visa.

CountriesVisasVisa Application Fees
United StatesF-1, J-1Sevis Fee: F-1: $350 J-1: $180
United KingdomTier-4£348
CanadaStudy PermitCAD 160
GermanyResidence Permit€110
AustraliaStudent VisaAUD$ 575

How can one apply for a student visa?

Generally, the process of applying for a student visa begins with the university offering a letter of acceptance to the admitted international students.

Every country is governed by its own immigration laws and regulations. Therefore, the visa process and its requirements may vary. However, the general visa process applicable to all countries is given below:-

  • Choose the Visa Type: As mentioned above, international students studying in different countries will require different types of visas. Hence, it is important to have sufficient knowledge about the type of visa which is suitable for a particular student.
  • Apply: International students can apply for their visa via two methods, Online and Offline. Online Visa Application Process is considered far more convenient and requires applicants to create a student profile and attach all the necessary forms. Applicants opting for Offline Visa Application Process need to download the application form, fill all the necessary details and submit it to the official authorities.
  • Visa Application Fee: The next crucial step is to pay the required visa application fee. Students must note that this fee is non-refundable if they decide to cancel the interview appointment or their application gets rejected.
  • Schedule the Visa Interview: International students are advised to schedule an interview appointment with the concerned consulate/ embassy as soon as possible. This is a cautionary step as there is a high chance that the authorities might have a high workload and the waiting time might range from days to weeks.
  • Attend the Interview: The last and the final step is to appear for the interview. Students must show up on time along with all the supporting documents. The official interviewer will ask questions about students’ backgrounds, goals and achievements and students must answer the same in a well-behaved manner.

After attending the visa interview, all that is left is to wait for the application to be processed. After some time, students will be notified about the decision if their applications have been approved or rejected. It is highly recommended to make travel arrangements only after receiving the final confirmation from the visa authorities to avoid the loss of money.

What are the documents required to obtain a student visa?

Every country has its own specific list of documents international students must submit. However, there are a few documents that are generic and applicable to almost all the countries’ requirements.

  • Valid Passport: This is the primary requirement of the visa process. International students must secure their passport with a minimum validity of six months after the end of the studies abroad. Also, students must ensure that they have at least two blank pages in their passports for stamping for a visa.
  • Proof of Funding: Almost all countries require evidence to ensure that their prospective students are financially capable of funding their education in a particular university. The amount includes tuition fees, college expenses, living costs, room & board, electricity, transport, etc. Financial lucidity can be proved by submitting the necessary documents such as Bank Account Statements, Loan Approval/ Disbursement Letter, Scholarships Letters, Affidavit of Support, Loan Capability Certificate etc.
  • Proof of Language Proficiency: Another important criterion of the visa process is to ensure that international students are well capable of communicating in the native language. For English speaking countries, students must be well-versed in the English language and submit the test scores of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Students opting for German universities must prove their proficiency in German language by providing TestDaF, DSH, telc or Goethe Certificate.
  • Proof of Acceptance: While applying for a student visa, international students may be asked to submit a letter of acceptance from the university they have secured admission to.
  • Medical Examination Report: Many countries such as Canada and Australia require international students to undergo a thorough medical examination and submit the reports along with other documents.

Costs & Expenses

Every parent dreams of providing their children with the best-quality education and resources in the world. As a result, many of them start planning and saving for it since the day their children are born. Unfortunately, higher education is a costly affair, especially in a foreign country.

Therefore, it is one of the most important factors to keep in mind while deciding to study abroad. Apart from tuition fees, the cost of living also plays an important role. Since these costs vary from country to country, we have provided a tabular representation of the tuition fees as well as the average cost of living of the most-coveted countries.

CountriesTuition fees (UG)Tuition fees (PG)Living Costs
USA$26,290$16,757$11,140- $12,680
United Kingdom£10,000- £38,000£11,000- £32,000 £12,180- £15,180
CanadaCA$27,159CA$16,497 CA$15,000 
AustraliaAU$30,840AU$20,000- AU$37,000AU$20,290
Germany-€20,000- €30,000€10,200
Cost and Expenses

Scholarships

The enormous costs of living aboard and ever-increasing fees for international students are good enough reasons to scare anyone. Especially when there is always a common misconception among students that there are no scholarships available for international students.

However, students are duly informed that governments and universities all around the world offer an unlimited number of financial opportunities in the form of grants and scholarships. These are designed to attract the brightest minds in their country.

Few of the astounding study abroad scholarships for Indian students are given below:-

CountriesScholarships
United States

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

Tata Scholarship-Cornell University

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian Students

Chicago Booth School of Business

United KingdomBritish Council GREAT scholarships for Indian Students
Sir Ratan Tata Post-Doctoral Fellowship for South Asian students
University of Oxford Felix Scholarships for Indian Students
UWE International Scholarships
CanadaQueen’s University International Scholarships
Quest University Canada
University of Calgary International Scholarships
York University International Student Program
AustraliaAustralia Awards Scholarships (AAS) 
Destination Australia Awards
Research Training Program (RTP)
GermanyDAAD Scholarships
Erasmus+

The world of international education is rapidly expanding with millions of students coming together and creating an atmosphere of learning with a global perspective. International students are exposed to different cultures, ethnic groups, religions & languages, and enriching societies which broadens the academic experience for everyone.

Points to Ponder

Am I Eligible to Study Abroad?

  • Entry requirements vary greatly between universities and countries.
  • Generally, international students need to submit Passport-photos for identification, Statement of Purpose, CV/ Resume, LORs, Official transcripts, Standardized Tests (SAT, GRE, ACT, GMAT) and Language Proficiency Tests (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)
  • SAT/ACT scores are mainly accepted to get admission into undergraduate programs.
  • International students need to submit GRE/GMAT test scores to get admission into postgraduate degree programs.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

  • In the USA, the average tuition fees at public and private universities are $25,620 and $34,740 respectively. The estimated amount of living costs is $10,800.
  • The average cost of attendance for international students studying in the UK is £22,180 per year. (More if you study in London).
  • For some countries like Germany, there are no tuition fees at all.
  • To study in Australia, the estimated amount of the average tuition fee ranges from AU$30,840 to AU$31,596. The amount can vary depending upon the programs students choose to study.

Visa-Related Questions

  • For a US Student Visa, international students must provide proof of liquid assets to cover the cost of first-year study and living expenses and proof of readily available funds to cover the remaining years of study
  • International students applying for a Tier-4 Student Visa must have enough funds to cover the course fee for the first year of study, along with £5,400 (£7,200 inner London) to cover living costs for nine months.
  • Generally, students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on a student visa. However, it may vary from country to country, the type of visa students applying for and the particular university's regulations.