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Top courses preferred by Indian students in Asia

Every year, millions of students choose foreign shores to give wings to their dreams of making a successful career. This is not because of lack of quality education in the country, it is because of the limitless possibilities that international universities offer. It is also because of some specific courses which are better offered by global counterparts of Indian institutes. What are your preferences to study when opting for a college in a different country? Well, this can be extremely challenging. Considering the huge number of courses, heard and unheard, finding the right ones becomes a challenge for the students. The list of courses preferred by Indian students abroad is not available easily. If such a list were to exist, it would act as a benchmark for all aspiring students to analyze the continuing trends in opting disciplines across international universities.

In this post, I will try and come up with a comprehensive study of top international courses preferred by Indian students and also the scholarships that you can use to pursue them. While this will not be the know-it-all post, it will, to a certain degree, help you to come up with a bucket list draft for your international education.

Here are the top disciplines/courses preferred by Indian students studying in Asia


No prizes  for guessing this! Engineering remains the most sought after profession by Indian students. Yes, even after seeing so many engineers turn into fantastic stand up comedians, filmmakers, writers and so on.  While Indian institutes like IIT and IISC offer top-notch education in the field of science, many Asian universities are at par and even better. Here are some of the most popular choices:

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. General Engineering and Technology
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering

While this is not comprehensive by any measure, the above listed courses have seen a constant influx of Indian students across Asian universities and institutions.

Find international scholarships to pursue engineering here.

Health and Medicine

Although, man, since ages, has claimed that laughter is the best medicine but still there is no dearth of people who want to study medicine. Jokes apart, health and medicine is one of the most sought after fields when it comes to higher education. The omnipresent lack of good medical practitioners and the ever-growing list of new diseases that plague mankind ensures that good doctors, nurses, health and nutrition experts will always be in demand. Standing almost parallel to engineering, the medical profession attracts millions of students. Most of them prefer to pursue higher education in international universities where better infrastructure and technology along with fat paychecks are often the top reasons to study. Here are some of the most popular choices:

  1. Medicine
  2. Dentistry
  3. Nursing
  4. Physiotherapy

Find international scholarships to pursue medicine here.

Business and Management

Have you seen the popular series Roadrunner from Looney Toons? The vile Coyote is constantly chasing the bird Roadrunner despite. Some of the popular courses chosen by Indian students over and over again follow the same dictum. Tick one – Engineering, tick two – Medical, tick three – Management. This is the same order that generation after generations of Indian students have followed. However, it is intriguing to see that management courses still take the gold when it comes to higher education abroad. Some of the world’s most noted management institutions are in USA and Europe, however, their Asian counterparts are equal if not less. Here are some of the most popular choices:

  1. Management
  2. Business Studies
  3. Accounting
  4. Transportation and Logistics

Find international scholarships to pursue Management related courses here.

Applied and Pure Sciences

History is proof that some of the most celebrated Indian scientists pursued their higher education and research in top foreign universities. The trend remains. Many Indian students opting for science and allied courses prefer international universities to boost their career. Here are some of the most popular choices:

  1. Biology
  2. Food Science and Technology
  3. Sports Science
  4. General Sciences

Find international scholarships to pursue science related courses here.

Top colleges preferred by Indian students in Asia

While we have covered some of the most popular choice of disciplines/course opted by Indian students studying in Asia, here is a list of top colleges in Asia.

  1. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  2. Tsinghua University, China
  3. Peking University, China
  4. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  5. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  6. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  7. Chinese University of Hong Kong
  8. University of Tokyo
  9. Seoul National University
  10. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

I hope the above information will be useful for you if you are planning to pursue higher education in Asia. For more information about courses offered by these universities, please visit their official websites. I wish you all the best in your search for an ideal college and course to study abroad.

Devesh Matharia

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