Indian students prefer to go to these six countries for higher education besides US, UK and Canada.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Indian students are increasingly exploring alternative higher education destinations beyond the traditional choices of the US, UK, and Canada. While pursuing engineering in Germany, an MBA in Rotterdam, or economics in Hungary, some students are also opting for creative arts programs in New Zealand.

According to data from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the number of Indian students in Germany has doubled in the last five years, establishing them as the largest international community on German campuses. This shift comes amid rising incidents targeting Indian students in the US and the UK’s ongoing economic challenges.

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As per World Bank blog data, out of the 13.2 lakh Indian students studying abroad, 4.6 lakh are in the USA, and 1.83 lakh are in Canada.

Here are some popular study destinations for Indian students:


  • Germany boasts 423 higher education institutions, including 108 universities, 211 universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of art and music.
  • Presently, 42,997 Indian students are studying in Germany, with popular courses including engineering, law, management, and mathematics.


  • With over 30 universities and colleges, major locations include Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen, and Delft.
  • The Indian embassy in the Netherlands reports that over 3,500 Indian students are currently studying in the country.


  • Poland houses nearly 457 universities and collegiate-level institutions.
  • Approximately 2,500 Indian students are studying in Poland, making them the second-largest international group after Turkish students.


  • Hungary has around 65 universities, including Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Central European University, and ESSCA School of Management.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) data from 2022 reveals nearly 1,000 Indian students studying in Hungarian universities.


  • Belgium hosts some of Europe’s oldest and most renowned universities, such as Katholic University of Leuven (KUL), University of Ghent, and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
  • Around 24,732 members of the Indian Diaspora are estimated to be in Belgium.

New Zealand:

  • New Zealand has eight universities, with The University of Auckland being the highest-ranked global university.
  • Nearly 15,000 Indian students are in New Zealand, making them the second-highest international community after China.

As Indian students increasingly explore diverse educational opportunities abroad, these countries are gaining prominence as attractive alternatives to traditional study destinations.

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