Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a country other than one's own. This can include primary, secondary and post-secondary students.
With affordable tuition fees, post-study work options and quality institutions, it is no surprise that Canada is fast becoming a leading destination for international students.
From strong international rankings and expert teaching staff to world-class facilities and a rich pool of natural resources, New Zealand is popular amongst international students seeking a secure study environment and outdoor lifestyle.
Students of Indian origin are traveling in higher numbers than ever before to pursue higher education abroad. In 2006, of the 123,000 studying outside India, 76,500 have chosen USA as a country of their choice followed by UK. Canada and UK are also other major countries in the world and is one of the safest countries for Indian students. The US receives more Indian students than any other country in the world overtaking China in 2001.
The number of students studying in USA has gone up 94,563 to 103,260 in 2010–11. Most of the students choose either east coast or mid-west as their destination in US.
The number of Indian Students studying in the UK has nearly doubled between 1999 and 2009. In 2009, 19,205 Indian students were studying at UK institutions. As of May 2010, half of all Indian Students studying in the UK were studying at the Postgraduate level.
Australia is back as the second favourite choice for Indian students after a downturn for several years after 2009 when a number of racial attacks led to a drop. In 2015 Australia crossed its previous peak for international students in 2009.
As of 2014-15, there are approximately 11000 Indian students studying in Germany which comprises 4.9% among all International students in Germany. The number is rising continuously. German universities have started offering several masters program in English thus attracting a large chunk of Indian students.
Nearly 85% of internationally mobile Indian students head for five countries: the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, but China and Germany are both emerging destinations for Indian students heading abroad, though the numbers heading for Germany are still relatively small.
Many Indians have chosen to study in Denmark and Norway. These Scandinavian countries offer many professional courses. There are about 100 Indian students in Poland studying many subjects such as economics and medicine.