68% Rise in Indians Studying Abroad: More Than 7.5 Lakh Chose UK, US, Canada in 2022


Mrunmayai Bobade
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 12:32 PM IST

Over 7.5 lakh Indian students went abroad to pursue higher studies in 2022, with the most preferred countries being the UK, the US, and Canada. This shows a statistical increase of almost 68% compared to Indian students who studied abroad in 2021.

68% Rise in Indians Studying Abroad: More Than 7.5 Lakh Chose UK, US, Canada in 2022

With the UK, US, and Canada being the most preferred countries for Indian students to study abroad, more than 7.5 lakh students went abroad to pursue their higher education in the year 2022, compared to 4,44,553 in 2021. This shows a statistical increase of almost 68% compared to Indian students who studied abroad in 2021.

In 2022, overall 7,50,365 Indian students were studying abroad, with 1,90,512 of those headed to study in USA. Approximately, 1,25,115 Indian students studied in the US in 2021 as opposed to 62,415 in 2020.

In 2020 and 2021, roughly 43,624 and 1,02,688 students, respectively, were drawn to study in Canada, the second-leading destination for Indian students to study abroad. However, the figure was observed with a dramatic upsurge of 1,85,955 in 2022.

In 2022, 1,32,709 students chose to study in UK, which has historically been a popular choice among Indian students to study abroad. This is an increase from 44,901 students in 2020 to 77,855 in 2021.

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Moreover, studying in Australia also remained popular among Indian students, with 59,044 choosing the country for higher education in 2022. In 2021, the number was close to 8,950, while in 2020, 33,629 folks were studying in the country.

Germany was another popular pick for Indian students after these nations. Approximately 20,684 Indians were studying in Germany in the year 2022 as opposed to 16,259 in 2021 and 9,865 in 2020.

Kyrgyzstan emerged as the second most sought-after study abroad destination behind Germany. Almost 14,728 Indian students went to study in Kyrgyzstan in 2020. The number was 15,162 in 2021 as opposed to 865 in 2020.

In 2022, Indian students also preferred these chronologically listed countries for their higher education: Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, France, Italy, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

The following table shows annual statistics from 2020 to 2022 for the top countries where Indian students were enrolled in higher studies in significant numbers:





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India successfully evacuated thousands of its medical students when there was warfare between Ukraine and Russia in 2022. However, only 2,199 Indian students managed to remain in Ukraine with figures falling from 18,596 in 2021.

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In the year 2021, 15,814 Indian students chose to study in Russia, compared to 1,387 in 2020. In 2022, the amount rose to 19,784.

The other nations that Indian students chose for higher education in 2022 were Singapore (17,085), the Philippines (11,261), Kazakhstan (8,895), France (6,406), Italy (3,507), Uzbekistan (3,430), Malaysia (2,453), the Netherlands (1,901), and New Zealand (1,605).

As per Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), supplemental Indian students will continue to seek higher education abroad.

The UGC regulations will, however, be convenient to students who want to reside in India but attend a multinational university campus. He made this statement in reference to a recent UGC proposal notification that will make it easier for foreign academic institutions to launch campuses in India.

It will start the online application portal following the announcement of the regulations by May 2023. Furthermore, Gujarat's Gift City will become home to two campuses of Australian institutions.

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Following this, applications from prospective international universities will proceed. It will take time for a foreign institution to set up a campus in India. Kumar concluded by saying that Indian students will see some international university campuses in the country in the next two to three years.

Further, Kumar argued that it is a myth or it is incorrect to presume that establishing foreign academic institutes campuses in India will hinder the influx of Indian students studying internationally. Indian students who want to study and work in a dynamic setting abroad after earning a degree will continue to make their way to a foreign university.

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Source: The New Indian Express

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