SPAINwww.campusspain.esThe 2019 QS World University Rankings has seven Spanish universities in its Top 50 under 50, with three in the Top 10 Global MBA rankings in Europe. Spain is now a major destination for international students. One concern is the language barriermost subjects at public universities are taught in Spanishwhich,SPAINwww.campusspain.esThe 2019 QS World University Rankings has seven Spanish universities in its Top 50 under 50, with three in the Top 10 Global MBA rankings in Europe. Spain is now a major destination for international students. One concern is the language barriermost subjects at public universities are taught in Spanishwhich means students need to be fluent. The comprehensive language, culture and adaptation to university course (LCA) by Campus Spain is specifically designed for this.Spoiled for Choice There are about 50 public and 35 private universities in Spain. Bachelor’s degree programmes are popular with Indians, with postgraduate courses also seeing interest. The most popular undergraduate courses are law, visual arts, design, tourism, filmmaking and engineering. MBA courses are highly favoured by postgraduate students. Gonzalo Martinez, director, Campus Spain, says, Some of the best universities for medicine and engineering are public institutions, but for business studies, students should choose private institutions. The top-ranked degrees in public universities cost students less than $1,000 a year.Stay Back While those on student visas are allowed to work while studying, those who have finished their degrees can stay in Spain for up to a year while looking for a job if they can show they are financially independent. FULL HOUSE: Out-of-the classroom discussionsUNITED STATESeducationusa.state.govThe US has over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher education. The course flexibility, cutting-edge curricula, infrastructure and opportunities for research and work (with up to three years of practical training for STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematicsmajors) make the US a top choice, says Bhavvna Jolly, senior program officer, EducationUSA.advertisementNumber Speak From 2017 to 2018, there was a 13.8 per cent increase in the number of undergraduate students from India in the US. The majority choose degree programmes under STEM. In 2018, the top five fields of study were mathematics and computer science, engineering, business and management, physical and life sciences, and health.Plan Well Shortlist institutions that provide scholarships and funding. Families should consider application costs and total cost of attendance. Universities offer many types of funding: merit and talent scholarships, assistantships and financial aid, says Jolly.After Graduation International students are allowed on-campus jobs for a specific number of hours per week. After graduation, they can work in their field of study from one to three years.IRELANDwww.educationinireland.comAlisha Mahajan, from Mumbai, chose Maynooth University, Ireland, for her graduate degree. Now pursuing a Master’s in Education there, Mahajan says the course offers her the freedom to choose her own research area and that it focuses on both theory and practice.Class Apart As an English-speaking country, Ireland is a great option for international students. Over 4,500 Indian students study in Ireland, of which 90 per cent are in postgraduate courses. In 19 fields of research, Irish universities are in the top one per cent, says Barry O’Driscoll, senior education adviser, Education in Ireland.Demand Graph The most popular courses include mechanical and electronic engineering, biotechnology, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, cyber security, accounting, finance and MBAs.Why Ireland Students can opt for a two-year stay back’ option after their postgraduate course. With over 1,000 multinationals based in the country, students have an easier time getting jobs and work experience.NEW ZEALANDwww.studyinnewzealand.govt.nzIndians comprise the second largest international student body in New Zealand, with a 51 per cent increase in enrolments over the past six months. New Zealand’s research strengths complement India’s growth industries and skill demands, says John Laxon, regional director (Asia), Education New Zealand.Work Rights New Zealandoffers post-study work visas for three years for students who have completed undergraduate, postgraduate or doctorate level studies. Courses are designed to include internships, allowing students to connect with industry.Popular Courses Commerce, business management and engineering are traditionally popular courses, though robotics, sports sciences, entrepreneurship and filmmaking (among others) have recently seen an increase in demand.GERMANY EXCHANGE OF IDEA: Students get to interact with their global peerswww.daad.inGermany is fast becoming a major destination for international students, with 13.2 per cent of students in the country having come from abroad. Apoorv Mahendru, director (marketing), DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service), says, Indian students form the second largest group of international students in Germany. Currently, there are 17,570 Indian students registered in the countrythat is the figure of intake from the winter semester 2017. We expect that number to reach 20,000 by September.A World-class Degree In the past couple of years, Germany has grown as a research and education hub, with a steady growth in student numbers. The reason for this is the high quality of education. Also, Germany is very different from other countriesa majority of German universities do not charge tuition fees. This is an important factor for India, which is a cost-sensitive market, says Mahendru.advertisementWhat’s HotGermany is well-known for technical subjects. Engineering is by far the most sought-after discipline, coupled with pure sciences and STEM. Almost 80 per cent of Indian students who choose to study in Germany take up this stream. Though German is the mother tongue, universities are internationalised and offer programmes with English as the medium of instruction; approximately 200 study programmes are taught in English, he says. Scholarships are offered at the Master’s level by DAAD in the fields of engineering, law and development studies.Work RulesPermissions for students to work are quite liberal in Germany. Students can work for 120 full days and 240 half days. Permitted jobs include employment at the university library or as a research or teaching assistants. After graduation, students can stay on for about 18 months while looking for a job.UNITED KINGDOMwww.britishcouncil.inWith 50,000 courses available at different levels of study and half a million international students, as per the QS World University Rankings, 2019, there are 29 UK universities in the top 200 universities in the world. With a mix of cultures and nationalities on campuses across the country, the UK is the topmost popular choice for Indian students looking for an international degree.Tom Birtwistle, director (north India) at the British Council, says, Studying in the UK is a career investment for studentsthey get both theoretical and practical knowledge, and most courses are designed with help from industry leaders and major companies to ensure the content is relevant.Strong Ties There is a long tradition of Indians going to the UK for higher studies. The total number of Indian students in the country as of July 2019 stood at 21,881, a 42 per cent increase from last year. While the majority of students are at the postgraduate level, undergraduate numbers are rising too. That’s a reflection of Indian students thinking of global education, says Birtwistle.Best Picks Some consistently popular programmes include business management, finance, engineering, medical science, law and architecture. Of late, students have also begun taking up humanities and other creatively slanted subjects such as design. The most popular universities with Indian students are the University of Warwick, De Montfort University, Coventry University and the University of Edinburgh.Talking Money UK universities have support mechanisms for students, and are known to help with on-campus accommodation or with other private set-ups. They also have financial aid options on merit. In 2018-2019, for instance, the UK government and British Council Library offered 480 scholarships to Indian students.AUSTRALIAwww.studyinaustralia.gov.auThere are seven Australian institutions among the top 100 in the world. Peter Coleman, trade commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, says, India is the second largest source of overseas students in Australia. At the end of June 2019, there were 92,691 Indian students in the country. Over 50,000 Indian students are enrolled in Master’s programmes, with 1,330 in PhDs.advertisementMultiple Options There are more than 1,100 institutes and 22,000 courses to choose from. Australia is a significant destination for subjects like robotics, media and entertainment, archaeology, sports sciences and veterinary science, among others.Financial Aid There are several scholarships, grants, and bursaries for international students. These include Australia Awards, the Destination Australia Scholarship Program, the Australian Government Research Training Program and the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship.Work Rights Most student visas allow students to work for up to 40 hours every two weeksbut before students take up jobs, they should ensure their visa allows it.