The German education information centre, DAAD has revealed that the number of Indian students studying in Germany has increased to 114% since 2008, reflecting an increasing popularity of Germany as a destination for education among Indian students.
As of 2012-13, there are 7,532 Indian students studying in the country. This indicates an increase of 144.2% from 3,516 in academic year 2008-09. Interestingly, the rise in the number of Indian students travelling to the country has also been steady since 2008.
According to DAAD, the most popular courses amongst Indian students are those in the STEM subject fields i.e Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, followed by Economics, Law and Social Sciences. In fact, Engineering with 47.9% is the most sought after course among students followed by Mathematics and Natural Sciences at 19.8%.
Among universities, RWTH Aachen is the most sought after by Indian students followed by TU Munich, University of Duisburg-Essen, TU Chemnitz and TU Hamburg-Harburg.
According to DAAD, one of the factors attracting students is the German government’s EU blue card and a new unlimited work and residence permit for foreign students, which gives them unrestricted access to the job market. So, after obtaining a degree from Germany, one can stay there for up to 1.5 years to look for suitable employment.
Another important factor, which seem to push the rise in numbers is that it is no longer a prerequisite to learn German to study in the country.
The step, part of Germany’s internationalization process, no longer requires a person to learn German if he/she wants to pursue master’s or apply for a visa.
As per the open doors report 2013, there are 96,754 Indian students studying in USA. In fact, US registered a 32% jump in graduate applications from India in 2014.
France is another success story with the number of Indian students in the country growing by 50% over the past five years while Indian students studying in New Zealand has by a whopping 190%.
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