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Most Popular Courses to Study Abroad for Indians

Most Popular Courses to Study Abroad for Indians

A student can choose the best degree course depending upon their interest and skills. Read this article to know the most popular courses to study in a foreign country for Indians.

November 15, 2021

By Tanu Kapoor

Career Expert & Blogger


Overseas education is gaining popularity with every passing day. Indian students visualize and set their heart on going to foreign universities for higher education.

Parameters while selecting a stream for higher studies:

  • Analyze your skills and passion correlated with your interests.

  • Make a list of available or prospective employment opportunities with it. Don't choose a course just because it has a glittering career ahead. A literature mind cannot study science well.

  • Check out the rules and regulations, cost and crime rate of the country where you want to study.

  • Shortlist the universities and find: Is the university recognized, ranking and accreditations of that university.

  • Check the eligibility and exam criteria like IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, or any other test.

  • Does the university provide internships or practical work experience? How is the internship or work experience important for your course?

List of top popular courses in foreign universities:

Selecting the right course is one of the major obstacles in a student's life. Students often get perplexed while choosing the right course. CoachingSelect, help you right from the selection of the right course to the right country and the right university.

  1. Medicine: You will get a medical degree after the completion of the degree course which usually has duration of 5 to 6 years. MBBS from a foreign university is highly valued across the globe, especially in developing countries (like India) and under-developed countries.

Degree awarded: Bachelor's of Medicine, Bachelor's of Surgery (MBBS, MBChB, BMBS), Doctor of Medicine (MD), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). You can also get Ph.D and M.Sc.

  1. Healthcare and Pharmacy: B. Pharm is a 4 to 5- year undergraduate program that deals with the formulation, dispensing, and correct utilization of drugs. M.Pharm is a 1 to 2 years course depending upon the university and the country.

Degree awarded– Diploma in Pharmacy, Bachelor's in Pharmacy, Master's degree in Pharmacy, and Doctorate/Ph.D in Pharmacy (Pharm.D).

  1. Engineering and Technology: Like medicine, engineering is another most sought and popular course to study abroad. Whichever engineering stream you choose, there is a huge demand of engineers across the globe- be it Mechanical Engineer, Electrical and Computer Science

Degree offered– Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Ph.D, Doctor of Engineering (Eng.D or D Eng).

  1. Agricultural Science and Food Technology: Due to the increased global population, increasing food production is a great challenge and therefore, an excellent career opportunity too. Rapid urbanization and lifestyle changes have also given wings to this career.

Degree granted– Bachelors degree, Master degree, Ph.D

  1. Law: The need for a competent lawyer can never come to an end on the planet as law and order are an inseparable part of a country.

Degree granted– Some of the popular law courses abroad are LLM, LLB (Bachelor of Law), Juris Doctorate (J.D), BA in Jurisprudence, SJD/ JSD, and LLD/ Legum Doctor.

  1. Hospitality and Tourism: The study of Tourism and Hospitality Management teaches you marketing, management, and operational skills in the sector.

Degree granted– You can pursue certificate courses in hospitality and travel like certificate course in food and beverage service, Air Ticketing and Travel Management, Certificate in Food Production and Patisserie, Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management, etc. Other options are Diploma, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or Ph.D in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Studies, Hospitality and Hotel Administration, etc.

  1. Biomedical Science and Biotechnology: Biomedical Science and Biotechnology are one of the top courses to study abroad as it offers you an opportunity to earn a fat salary and an expected pay like of 5% to 15% every year. M.Sc. Biotech can be pursued in countries like the US, Germany, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.

Degree Offered– Undergraduate certificate, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Ph.D.

  1. Marine Biology: Students with a keen interest in marine biodiversity, oceans, and ecosystems can opt to be Marine biologists. Study of B.Sc (Marine Biology) is of 3 to 4 years whereas the duration of M.Bio (Master of Biology) is of 4 to 5 years which merges Bachelor's and Master's level program.

Degree Offered– Associate in Marine Biology, Bachelor's degree, M.Sc in Marine Biology, M.Sc in Marine Biology (Thesis), and Ph.D

  1. Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy: International Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Programs are offered to equip students with skills with physical therapy, manual therapy, kinesitherapy, and special therapeutic massage.

Degree Offered– Bachelor's of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Bachelor's and Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (Hons.), Diploma in Health Science- Occupational Therapy, BPT, MPT, M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy.

  1. Nursing: Nurses are always in huge demand in almost all countries across the globe including developed countries like Canada, America, UK, Australia, Ireland, and Australia. Degree Offered– Diploma in Nursing, B.Sc/ M.Sc. in Nursing, The Associate Degree in Nursing (AND), CRNA (The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), M.Phil in Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing.

  2. MBA: Master of Business Administration or MBA is another most demanded course in foreign countries as it opens a wide array of opportunities for you. The best countries to study MBA for Indian students are the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Some universities also offer scholarships to needy and meritorious students.

Top-ranked business schools in the world are Munich Business School, Melbourne Business School, Sydney Business School, Rotman School of Management, London Business School, Said Business School, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and many more.

Degree awarded– MBA

  1. Translation and Interpretation: If you are a person who has the least interest in Maths, Science, Computers or Business Studies, then this is the most recommended course to study abroad. Frequently translated languages that are in high demand for interpreters are Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin).

Degree awarded– Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or Doctorate/Ph.D. in Translation and Interpreting, Translation Studies, etc.

  1. Computer science: In today’s digitized world, a degree in computer science from a top overseas university can be worth its weight in gold. Pretty much every industry in every country needs knowledgeable and experienced computer scientists, so your opportunities will be endless.

courses you can choose to study, including: Information technology, Computing, Artificial intelligence, Computer forensics, Informatics.

  1. Mathematics: Another of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, mathematics is another hugely popular subject that’s offered at universities all over the world.

You can study math as a subject on its own, or there are loads of related programs you can choose, like: Statistics, Actuarial mathematics, financial mathematics.

Studying abroad is a hugely popular option for Indian students; this makes India the second-largest source of international students, if you want to join the growing number, you need to think carefully about what subject you want to study. This is one of the most important decisions you need to make and can influence your: Academic success, Career after graduation and of-course your life!

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