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Best Countries to Study Abroad in 2021

February 2021

With disruptions in the overseas education realm, prospective students were left flabbergasted in 2020. However, with the new year upon us, students are optimistic regarding their education abroad plans.

However, with the pandemic still looming upon us and situations changing dynamically, there is no certain answer for the future. But students looking to study abroad in 2021 are encouraged to get their applications since travel restrictions are gradually easing.

If you are looking to study abroad in 2021, here are the best countries to consider.


  • With limited travel restrictions in place, coupled with the travel bubble in India, a study in USA for Indian students is encouraged.
  • Hybrid mode of learning is actively encouraged by universities in USA. Moreover, the intake and application process for the next academic year is normal.
  • Submissions of a range of university admission tests such as the SAT/ACT have been made optional.
  • Plus, due to the pandemic, constrained number of in-person F, M and J visas appointments are being made. Thus, students are encouraged to promptly get their applications in.


  • DLI's that have an approved COVID-19 plan, can welcome international students. Only if the student has a study permit that has been approved or was earlier approved on or before 18th March 2020 can enter to study in Canada.
  • Moreover, the post-study work rights of international students are still intact.
  • Students won't have time deducted from the length of the post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside Canada until April 30, 2021.


  • Irrespective of the upheaval the country has faced, the UK continues to remain a prominent study destination.
  • Universities in UK are ensuring the well-being of international students and are thus also offering them the vaccine, as soon as they are available.
  • Applications for the year 2021, are continuing as normal.
  • Public health guidelines are being actively followed at UK universities to ensure the health and well-being of all students are protected.

Australia and New Zealand

  • While the boundaries of both these countries are currently closed and a hybrid model of learning in Australia and online learning is undertaken in New Zealand, one remains hopeful for the future entails.
  • The New Zealand government had recently announced a border exemption for international students enrolled in Masters and PhD programs. Whilst universities in New Zealand are accepting and processing application, the mode of learning is online.
  • Australia is granting student visas, however, the borders continue to remain closed. Universities in Australia are accepting applications.


  • Universities in Ireland are welcoming students to attend classes on campus.
  • International students can study in Ireland physically if they are from the green regions. If students belong to the same, restrictions upon entry will be placed on them.
  • However, if they are entering from red, orange or grey regions they will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
  • Universities in Ireland are accepting and processing applications for the next academic year.

The conclusions that can be drawn from the above-mentioned details is that students must not wait, rather get their applications in and commence the process.

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Also read: A Complete Guide to Studying in the UK 2021 for International Student

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