Why do Indians go to the USA

Study abroad : Young Indians avoid the USA and England

The USA, Great Britain and Australia are still considered the most important destination countries for international students worldwide. But a look at young Indian students shows how this is beginning to change. After the Chinese, these represent the second largest group among international students worldwide; more than a hundred thousand young Indians go to the USA alone every year. But because of stricter visa regulations and declining job prospects, young Indians are increasingly turning away from their top destinations. Other countries, including Germany, are becoming more attractive, as reported by the journal “University World News”.

The number of first-year students from India in Great Britain fell by ten percent in 2011 compared to the previous year. The reason is a tightening of the British visa regulations. Previously, non-EU students had two years after graduation before they had to leave the country. Now they have to have a high paying job right away if they want to stay. Because of this uncertain post-university outlook, international students were reluctant to go to the UK.

The USA remained the most popular study destination. But because of the difficult situation on the labor market, US universities also threatened to become less attractive. This applies especially to students who do not come to one of the elite universities on a scholarship, but pay a lot of money for second-rate colleges.

The reputation of the USA as a study country was shaken in 2011 by the previously unknown "Tri Valley University". The Californian college, popular with Indians, lured foreign students with promises that they could work full-time outside of the university, which many did. But that violates the visa rules of the USA. After this was exposed, US officials questioned students for days and put some electronic shackles on them. This aroused great outrage on the subcontinent. The US would "treat Indians like animals" and would not have their visa system under control, was the allegation. The case could sow fundamental doubts among Indians about the quality of US universities, writes the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Australia, where up to a hundred thousand Indians came a year just a few years ago, had already seen a 70 percent decline in Indian first-year students in 2010. In the previous year there had been numerous racially motivated attacks against Indian students.

One of the winners of this mix is ​​Canada, which attracts Indian students with generous work permits. Germany is also becoming more attractive despite the language barrier, it is said. And not just because the study is cheap. So far, one in five applicants from India could count on a scholarship in Germany - an extraordinarily high rate by international standards.

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