Here’re the correct numbers of Indian students going to major study destinations
- August 12, 2021
- Posted by: Rupesh Patel
- Category: rupeshpatel
Not even a month ago I published a blog about the correct number of Indian students going to Australia, and I received many emails and calls concerning:
- How many Indian students going to the U.S. nowadays?
- What about Canada?
- Has Australia become the ‘hot destination’ for higher studies amongst the Indian students?
Well, the point is: when I have said, “Yes, Canada and Australia have become the most popular countries for higher education,” I have still observed many times that the fact has been hard to believe not only by students but by many industry associates too. Having transfixed with that, I thought why not to give them the correct number of Indian students going to major study destinations?
So here’re the correct numbers of Indian students going to major study destinations – USA, Canada, UK, NZ, and Australia.
Table: Number of Indian students going to Top 5 Study destinations each year
Aus Rank University Name City State ARWU - 2017 Ranking TIMES - 2018 Ranking QS - 2018 Ranking US News 2018 Ranking
4 The University of Sydney Sydney NSW 83 61 50 45
7 The University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 101-150 85 45 80
9 Macquarie University Sydney NSW 151-200 251-300 240 267
15 University of Technology, Sydney Sydney NSW 301-400 201-250 176 294
21 University of Western Sydney Sydney NSW 301-400 401-500 N.A. 384
33 Australian Catholic University Sydney NSW N.A. 501-600 801-1000 N.A.
Evident observation from the table and chart mentioned above:
- As seen, in last four years, Canada has gained unmatched popularity as a study destination.
- Post-study work visas,
- Better chances of Permanent residency after study
- Almost fixed criteria for a student visa in Black & White and
- An hassle-free student visa process etc.
compared to all other major study destinations, might have been the win-win factors for students and Canada too. I would also be happy to give more reasons for this up surging trend via an email. For many industry stakeholders, the leap in numbers of Indian students going to Canada is surprising. But no worries, I would be answering the reasons behind the trend with my in-depth analysis in my next blog. So keep a watch over it.
- In the last couple of years, the number of Indian students going to the U.S. (F1 visa) has declined phenomenally, 28% in 2017 and 16% in 2016. Out of many factors; Trump’s effect, Negative publicity, and Realisation of students about difficult transition to H1-B / Permanent residency from OPT; are considered essential. Overall, uncertainty about the future scope in the U.S. has feared a far higher number of Indian students than imagined.
- For seven years, from 2008 to 2014, the trend of Indian students going to Australia has been bumpy. However, from 2014, Australia has also earned the reputation of a popular destination amongst Indian students for higher studies. To know more insights about the Australia market, Please read my blog: Want to know the correct number of Indian students going to Australia? Read this.
- From 2013, UK is receiving quite a steady number of Indian students ranging between 10000 to 15000.
- It was indeed surprising to notice that how New Zealand is going down in the list of Indian students for higher studies. Government policy changes and some unfavourable news publicity might have been the cause of it.
As seen, the most significant problem with our industry is huge ups and down. As an avid observer of such trends, I believe that even numbers can be backed by appropriate changes in student-oriented visa policy, migration policy, and post-study work rights.
Updated Data for 2018: Number of Indian students going to Top 5 Study destinations:
Updated: September 2018
Enjoy the data sources as well:
Please refer https://www.cic.gc.ca/opendata-donneesouvertes/data/IRCC_M_TRStudy_0001_E.xls as mentioned here in first row of https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/90115b00-f9b8-49e8-afa3-b4cff8facaee?_ga=2.134164046.172220230.1519651562-885602142.1519651562
Also refer a Sheet at https://www.cic.gc.ca/opendata-donneesouvertes/data/IRCC_AdhocSR_TR_0013_E.csv as mentioned on webpage https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/31ef4cab-d2b3-4dba-8e91-48fe64211ec5 have slight different data.
https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/NIVDetailTables/FYs97-17_NIVDetailTable.xls (F1 Visas)
Number of Study-related visas for Indian Nationals (excluding Short-term students for course duration less than 1 year including English course, Prep course etc…) at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/593020/entry-visas1-q4-2016-tables.ods AND