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What is New in the World of Study Abroad

Studying in countries like the USA or Germany not only enables one to explore the massive opportunities in one’s professional field but also ensures the holistic growth of an individual. However, everything, including the rules of studying abroad, is changing rapidly in this fast-paced world.

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Are you planning to study abroad but still need to figure out the field’s ever-changing nature? Do you need to learn about practices and changes that might have occurred in the last few months? Are you looking for a hassle-free information site that is not just clickbait but contains actual information?


Let’s dive into the recent updates as of April 2, 2024, and help you navigate the process hassle-free!

  • Rise  in Indian students choosing Germany over Canada for study abroad

It’s important to note that while Canada remains a popular study destination for Indian students, Germany’s emergence as a strong contender offers Indian students a compelling alternative with its unique advantages. Let’s explore the factors contributing to this trend:

Cost Factors:

  • Tuition Fees: Germany’s public universities offer either free or very low tuition fees, making it an attractive option compared to Canada’s higher costs.
  • Cost of Living: While expenses vary by city, Germany tends to be slightly more affordable than major Canadian cities like Toronto or Vancouver.

Academic Opportunities:

  • STEM Focus: Germany’s strong reputation in STEM fields aligns well with the career aspirations of many Indian students.
  • Course Availability: With an increasing number of programs offered in English, German universities are becoming more accessible to Indian students who may not be fluent in the language.

Work Opportunities:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permits: Germany offers international graduates opportunities to stay and work after completing their studies, potentially leading to permanent residency.
  • Strong Economy: Germany’s robust economy provides ample job opportunities, particularly in STEM fields, which are highly sought after by Indian graduates.

Other Considerations:

  • Shifting Policies: Reports suggest that some Indian students may be dissuaded by the perception of tightening immigration policies in Canada. However, it’s important to note that these policies primarily focus on enhancing educational quality control and not restricting international students.
  • Emerging Popularity: Germany’s reputation for quality education and a welcoming environment for international students is gaining traction among Indian students. In fact, recent data shows a significant increase in the number of Indian students choosing Germany as their study destination, reflecting the country’s growing appeal.

In conclusion, various factors influence the decision to study abroad. Germany’s affordable education, ample job opportunities, and welcoming atmosphere make it an increasingly appealing choice for Indian students compared to Canada.

  • Recent scholarship provision for the prospective candidate


  1. The University of Dundee in Scotland offers a £5,000 study abroad scholarship for 3, 4, or 5-year degrees. This significant financial aid can make your dream of studying abroad a reality. Apply by August 31st. The Global Excellence Scholarship grants £5,000 annually, totaling £15,000, £20,000, or £25,000 for respective degree lengths. One-year programs receive £4,000. These scholarships provide financial support and recognize and reward your academic excellence.
  2. Macquarie University has established an AUD 10,000 annual award to recognize excellent students in India. Students starting their studies at Macquarie University in 2024-25 will be eligible for this award.
  3. Chevening Scholarships: Funded by the UK government, these prestigious scholarships support one-year postgraduate programs in the UK.
  4. Australia Awards Scholarships: The Australian government offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies scholarships in Australian universities.
  5. Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA): This fully-funded scholarship program supports Masters and PhD students in STEM fields at Singaporean universities.



3. Recent Visa Updates for Indian Students: popular destinations


United States (US): 

  • Tighter monitoring during the visa application procedure.
  • There have been no significant updates to the visa requirements.



  • Enhancing educational quality control is the primary goal of policy in Canada. This means that the Canadian government is taking steps to ensure that the education provided by its institutions meets the highest standards, which can be a positive factor for Indian students considering Canada as a study destination.
  • Master’s degree holders are eligible for three-year post-graduation work permits.


United Kingdom (UK) 

  • United Kingdom (UK): except for postgraduate research students, dependents are prohibited from traveling with students on a visa. This means that Indian students planning to bring their families to the UK should be aware that this may not be possible, depending on their course of study.
  • The post-study work visa program is currently under review.
  • There have been changes to the visa process; follow the most recent instructions.



  • There may be a prerequisite for higher English language proficiency exam scores.
  • There is an increasing demand for higher fees and documentation of funds for student visas.



  • Simplified Immigration: The New Skilled Immigration Act (FEG), introduced in November 2023, aims to make immigration easier for skilled workers, including those with vocational training and practical experience. This means that Indian students who have completed their studies in Germany and wish to work there will face fewer barriers and a more streamlined process.
  • Easier Job Search: Starting in the summer of 2024, the “Opportunity Card” (Chancenkarte) will allow Indian students and other third-country nationals to look for jobs in Germany after graduating. This card will provide a streamlined process for job hunting, making it easier for students to transition from their studies to their careers.
  • Focus on Skill Recognition: The FEG emphasizes recognizing foreign professional qualifications, which could mean it’s easier for graduates to find jobs related to their studies.
  • Streamlined Application Process: Good news for applicants! German missions in India, especially the Mumbai consulate, now accept student visa applications (for Master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral with binding university admissions) through VFS. This process should help reduce waiting times and simplify the application process, making it easier for Indian students to apply for a German student visa.

NOTE: This information is derived from current trends and publicly available data. Consulting industry reports or visa processing agency data may provide more precise insights.

How to get the latest updates on study abroad

  • Contact local agencies: While searching online for insightful information is a good idea, one must consult officials who are directly involved in such practices daily. Get your free visa consultation today at your nearest Study Unifees office for the latest updates and expert guidance on your journey to move abroad. This easy and accessible service ensures you are always updated with the latest information, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your decisions.
  • Get in touch with industry professionals: Go through the LinkedIn profile and official sites of the country embassy to get in-depth information about the ongoing practices. 
  • Attend educational fairs and fests organized by officials. Educational fairs and fairs ensure one-on-one interaction with the college representative, which is a cherry on top. It enables students to talk to the college rep and find the best suitable courses according to their educational record. 


If you are in Dehradun, attend the upcoming Global Edufest 2024, organized by Study Unifees. This event assembles 20 top university representatives from across the globe and offers best-in-class services. 


4. Conclusion


In summary, staying informed about recent visa updates is crucial for Indian students aspiring to study abroad. While posing challenges, these changes also present opportunities for growth and exploration. With proper planning and preparation, students can confidently embark on their international education journey, ready to embrace new experiences and opportunities. This journey is not just about education but also about personal growth, cultural immersion, and global understanding, which can be truly inspiring and life-changing.