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
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Canada 5250 8640 14985 17300 19950 21285 24485 31995 53010 83750
US 36149 26890 25783 25649 23446 36141 56653 74831 62537 44741
Australia 37882 29696 3933 3459 4897 10996 20538 16024 19174 22457
UK 30173 64223 49406 34877 17271 13603 12600 11160 11328 14445
NZ 5361 5784 7081 5834 5070 5701 12684 13328 8227 7702
Total of 5 Destinations 114815 135233 101188 87119 70634 87726 126960 147338 154276 173095
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 http://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 http://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