Indian Students Studying Abroad

India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, as of the end of January 2021, there were more than 11.33 lakh Indian students studying in as many as 99 countries. Of these, most of them were in Canada and the US, followed by the Gulf countries, Australia, and the UK, while there were 23,000 in China. Germany, Ukraine, Russia, and France have more than 10,000 students.

Asian countries account for nearly 5.25 lakh of Indian students. More than 40% ( 4.5 lakh) of Indian students study in North America.  Australia & Newzealand account for 1.25 Lakh students.  Though Indian students are in 32 different countries in Europe, they only make up  1.5 lakh Indian students studying abroad on continents

Out of the 99 countries, 30countries have less than 100 Indian students each while 33 other countries have between 100 and 1000 students. Only 15 countries have more than 10000 students each while 15 other countries have between 10000 and above students. 

read about the Population of Overseas Indians

Source: MEA data table in Rajya Sabha

Indian Students in Foreign Countries

In the five years before 2021, nearly 22 lakh Indian students and nearly a quarter of them were from just Andhra Pradesh and Punjab together. In fact, just six states -Andhra, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka – together account for 56% of all students going abroad. 

As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, as of the end of January 2021, there were more than 11 lakh Indian students studying in as many as 99 countries.

The country-wise number of Indian students currently studying in foreign countries

# Countries Students
1 United Arab emirates 219,000
2 Canada 215,720
3 USA 211,930
4 Australia 92,383
5 Saudi Arabia 80,800
6 United Kingdom 55,465
7 Oman 43,600
8 New Zealand 30,000
9 China 23,000
10 Germany 20,810
11 Ukraine 18,000
12 Russia Federation 16,500
13 Philippines 15,000
14 France 10,000
15 Kyrgyzstan 10,000
16 Georgia 7,500
17 Kazakhstan 5,300
18 Bangladesh 5,200
19 Ireland 5,000
20 Italy 4,634
21 Poland 4,000
22 Cyprus 3,007
23 Armenia 3,000
24 Nepal 2,200
25 Malaysia 2,000
26 Sweden 2,000
27 Latvia 1,850
28 Switzerland 1,850
29 Iran 1,700
30 Japan 1,694
31 Singapore 1,500
32 Spain 1,500
33 Netherlands 1,469
34 Tajikistan 1,199
35 Finland 1,051
36 Hong Kong 916
37 Belarus 906
38 Mauritius 807
39 Lithuania 800
40 Belgium 764
41 Romania 700
42 Czech Republic 658
43 Republic of Korea 592
44 Israel 550
45 Norway 480
46 Malta 434
47 South Africa 434
48 Hungary 419
49 Portugal 415
50 Denmark 369
51 Bulgaria 357
52 Egypt 356
53 Austria 350
54 Thailand 297
55 Moldova 262
56 Estonia 257
57 Kenya 254
58 Pakistan 230
59 Venezuela 229
60 St. Lucida 211
61 Guyana 184
62 Kuwait 178
63 Mexico 150
64 Qatar 150
65 Taiwan 150
66 Jamaica 125
67 Azerbaijan 123
68 Panama 109
69 Barbados 86
70 Trinidad & Tobago 81
71 Luxembourg 80
72 Slovakia 70
73 St. Vincent 59
74 Uzbekistan 50
75 Turkey 48
76 Antigua & Barbuda 40
77 Slovenia 36
78 Iceland 17
79 St. Kitts 10
80 Sudan 10
81 Brunei 9
82 Zagreb 9
83 Indonesia 8
84 Greece 7
85 Sri Lanka 7
86 Cuba 6
87 Yemen 6
88 Lebanon 5
89 Belgrade 4
90 Bhutan 4
91 Brazil 4
92 Reunion 3
93 Beirut 2
94 Jordan 2
95 Mozambique 2
96 St. Denies 2
97 Tanzania 2
98 Serbia 1
99 Vietnam 1
  Total 1,133,749

Source: MEA data

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