Why Indian students are now looking beyond the US

Why Indian students are now looking beyond the US

By Ishani Duttagupta , ET Bureau| Dec 02, 2018, 10.20 AM IST

Canada has emerged as a leading study destination for Indians, second only to the US.

The US remains the favourite destination for thousands of young Indians looking to add a foreign degree to their curriculum vitae. But the American dream seems to be slowly losing its appeal among those looking at a master’s degree.

The number of Indian students who enroled for higher education in the US rose marginally, at 5.4%, in financial year 2018, said the latest Open Doors report, published by the Institute of International Education and the US department of state, bureau of educational and cultural affairs. But, it said, there was a 8.8% fall in the numbers in the graduate or master’s segment. This is not new — last year also saw a 3% fall. But this decline is now getting more pronounced. What should worry the US is that the largest number of Indian students, who make up the second biggest cohort after China, enrol in postgraduate courses.

If that does not make the US sit up and take notice, the fact that several students are now looking at other countries with equal interest should. Take the case of Paritosh Prasad from Gurgaon, who worked for seven years before deciding to pursue an MBA at the University of Edinburgh. “I considered various universities in Belgium, Netherlands, the US, South Africa and Luxembourg. One of the primary reasons for me to select Scotland, UK, was the fact that Edinburgh and Glasgow are emerging financial cities. Another advantage is that the master’s courses here are of one year, which is less than many other countries.”


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