When contemplating to study abroad, the first destination that one recalls is the United States of America. The country has remained as the most favoured nation when considering Master’s program in Engineering studies by most students and parents alike. At one point, it was a matter of prestige for students to further their engineering studies from this specific country.
While the country still remains a favourite, recent trends have witnessed a good number of students exploring other countries as well. It is heartening to note that aspirants are looking at no so traditional countries such as Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and China as well. While looking at these countries, they weigh their options on long term benefits from studying in such universities and their career prospects.
Today with visa norms becoming an issue with many developed nations, students have to consider and ponder their destination before investing a sizable amount in their education abroad.
We explore here some of the destinations that are career-friendly in the recent past:
This country has a special place next only to the United States as a favourite destination to further the engineering studies abroad. The growth in the number of international students studying in Canada has seen a steady ascend, compared to previous years. This can be accredited to the political changes in the US with its narrative around strict policies against migration.
Traditionally, Canada has some really good universities and when exploring options apart from the USA, Canada offers a very good deal. Easy route to PR along with academically strong universities has pushed Canada as a favourite destination. It costs much less compared to the US. Companies such as Amazon, Uber are looking at expanding their hubs in Canada.
Some downsides could be weather which can be harsh for Indians. In addition, with too many international students vying to study in Canada could create a crowded job market.
Post-study work visa:
How long the post-graduation work permit is valid, depends on the length of the study program. If the program is less than eight months one cannot be eligible for a post-study work permit.
More than eight months but less than two years the Work Permit may be valid for up to the same length as there study program (for example, if the study period has been for nine months, a work permit may be issued for up to nine months). If the course is for two years or more a post-study work permit may be issued for three years.
Cost: Around Rs 10 -15 Lakhs per year
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver; the University of Waterloo, Ontario; the McGill University, Montreal; the University of Toronto, Ontario; the University of Alberta, Edmonton
Business-related Masters courses
Germany has been a favourite among the mechanical, automobile and chemical engineers for a long time. Most of the public universities provide education free of cost. This lures a lot of students into considering Germany as their destination.
But this does come with a very important filtering; aspirants should have in the past performed well academically to be eligible for the public universities. Knowing German is not mandatory for English taught courses but it always helps you to know the language. Especially when applying for jobs.
Post-study work visa option: International students with a residence permit can extend their stay and can seek work for up to 18 months after graduating, provided that the job is related to their field of study.
Cost: Tuition can be free for public universities but living depends on the city you stay in. On an average, you need 200-400 Euros per month.
Technical University of Munich (TU München); RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen); Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin); University of Göttingen; University of Hamburg
Mechanical, Automobile, Chemical Engineering
Australia has been getting students from Non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Management) background since it accepts 15 years of education, which most US universities do not. Many engineering students are now looking at Australia since the route to PR is easier for them. It has just 43 universities and most of them make it to the top universities of the world. Australia is one of the costliest education destinations. Students reduce the financial burden by working part-time. Australian law allows students to work up to 20 hours per week during the course.
Cost: Rs 20 – 25 lakh per year.
Post-study Visa option: To get a post-study work visa, students should have studied for at least two years in Australia. Temporary Graduate Visa helps one to work in Australia after their graduation. This is for the students who have recently graduated from an Australian university. It has two work streams: Graduate Work Stream and Post-Study Work Visa.
The Graduate work stream is for international students who graduate with skills and qualifications related to an occupation in demand in Australia. This stream gives you a visa extension of at least 18 months. This may not be based on one’s graduate degree. The post-study work stream offers extended options of two, three or four years depending on the degree that they have obtained.
The University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland Australia, Monash University, Australian National University
Finance and Accounts related MBA
Till some years ago UK was the favorite destination for Indian students, but with the abolishment of post study work visa option the popularity has considerably gone down. UK still has some of best universities in the world with great reputation. Since Indian education system is an extension of the UK commonwealth system, it is much easier for Indians to get used to the UK education system, especially law graduates. It accepts 15 years of education; it is cheaper than most of the other education hubs and quality is good. Only drawback being the post study options. Most of the Masters course in UK is for only 1 year and that reduces the cost considerably.
Business and MBA
Cost: Rs 14 – 20 Lakh (This is the average; many universities can be way expensive)
Post Study Work Visa: International students willing to work in the United Kingdom (UK) after their graduation must apply for a work visa from UK Visa and Immigration. These are the visas you can apply.
Tier 2 (General) Visa: This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Masters or PhD from a recognised UK university.
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa: This visa option is open to all students who are developing a world-class business idea.
Tier 4 (Student) Visa: If you are a student completing a PhD at a UK higher education institute you can apply to stay in the country for a further 12 months after your course completion date.
University of Oxford
Imperial College of London
University College London
A small country with just 8 universities still manages to attract a lot of international students. New Zealand has been looked like an immigration destination primarily but with rules changing and the government pro-actively promoting studying in New Zealand, the trend is seeing a change.
New Zealand has some very good STEM courses but it is very recently the Indians have started discovering it. An added advantage is that New Zealand offers a great route to migration. Post-study visa is changing from November 28, 2018 and this change is for better. There will be 3 years post study visa for Masters students.
Cost of education: Rs 15-20 Lakh per year
Auckland University of Technology
University of Auckland
University of Caterbury
University of Waikato.