Top emerging destinations: Germany and, yes, China too

by UQ Research

We have been just as surprised by this new trend. Russia has traditionally been a tier 2 destination country for Indian students. And Singapore in recent times has been an aspirational choice too.

The conventional logic also says that, beyond a point, non-English speaking countries will not really gain among Indian students. Well, last year more than 11,500 students in Germany were from India. These numbers from India have doubled in just three years.

One of the biggest reasons Germany is becoming a hot destination for international students: lower cost of higher education. Moreover, last year Germany announced waiving off the entire tuition costs for international students with good academic track-record. As a result, Germany has now begun to attract American students also in significant numbers (where the cost of college education is quite expensive).

The trend for China from India is even stronger. In 2015, nearly 17,000 Indian students were studying in China. A large proportion of these students are going there to study medicine, just as they go to Russia for as well.

1 in 12 students from India are going to Germany or China now.

Nearly 28,500 students from India went to Germany or China in 2015
Nearly 28,500 students from India went to Germany or China in 2015

And if you are wondering about how many students go to Russia or Singapore: about 9,000 and 3,000 respectively. That’s less than half of these new emerging countries of choice for Indian students.

In fact, according to our projections, Germany could become the leader in international education in Europe in the next 5 years. Last year, the total number of international students in Germany was nearly three-fourth of the international students in UK (which has been the leading country for a very long time).

Indian students should start broadening their options list. Depending on the area of interest, there are many new opportunities in these emerging hot destinations in international education than is known. So explore beyond the usual suspects – US, Australia, UK, Canada and New Zealand.

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