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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


20 Jul 2017 5K Book icon 2 mins Share

Changing trends in the subject choices of Indian students

Some unconventional courses abroad that Indian students are looking at lately owing to the demand of such courses, not to mention a change in the outlook of the Indian students.

20 Jul 2017 5K Book icon 2 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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unconventional courses that Indian students look for abroad

Indian students make up most of the international student population in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Singapore and Australia. Traditionally, Indian students have chosen ‘safe subjects’ like law, medicine, computer science, MBA, and electronic/mechanical engineering for their overseas education. These courses have always been considered safe prospects as there is steady job availability in these subject areas.

The traditional subject choices are still being made by students, but there is a steady increase in the number of students opting for unique courses, which make them ‘stand apart’ from the remaining crowd. These unique or offbeat courses are in much demand that also guarantee better job growth.

Q: What are those offbeat courses that Indian students are looking at?


  • Conservationist/ Art Curator – Did you know that there are more than a million paintings and murals in the ancient temples of India that need restoration? As the country’s population keeps growing and the demands for electricity increase, there is a huge demand for energy managers who can effectively manage energy distribution and consumption.
  • Hospitality – India has always been a ‘must-visit’ spot on many an international tourist’s list. There is a huge demand for well-trained and skilled workers in the hospitality industry.
  • Animation – The animation industry is at an all-time high, with analysts predicting a year-on-year growth, ranging from 8 to 12 per cent every year for the next five years.

Find the animation courses in Singapore

  • Sound Engineering – If you have a dire passion for both music and engineering, then you can make a career out of it by choosing sound engineering abroad. 

Look for sound engineering courses abroad

  • Philosophy – Not everyone likes philosophical approach to life but a few who like to be drifted away in everyday philosophies might want to get a degree in it.
  • Film Making – Not everyone is inspired by Satyajit Ray or Tarkovsky but a few happen to strive towards becoming a better film maker and eke out a career in it.

Look for Film making courses abroad

  • Hotel Management – Hotel management is a lucrative career choice. With the increasing use of digital medium, several ideas are being circulated in a short time span be it making a dish out of scarce ingredients or making something delicious with a rarely consumed thing.  

Look for Hotel Management courses in Australia

  • Social Media – for the social butterflies who like to be glued to the Internet! Jokes apart this degree is for anyone interested in social media and digital privacy and who would want to learn the A to Z about the digital world.
  • Popular choices – Some other popular subject choices being made by Indian students are courses in hospitality management, healthcare management and aircraft maintenance engineering.
  • Sandwich courses – Students are willing to experiment with sandwich courses that offer them subject expertise in multiple subjects. Math and sports psychology, computer technology with statistics and art with psychology are some popular subject combinations.


The world needs not just doctors, IT geniuses and high-flying lawyers, it needs trained agriculturalists who can increase the production of quality food grains; teachers who can guide the next generation of children, imparting healthy education to them; and environmentalists who can protect the rich flora and fauna around us. There are several vocations that need skilled people to practise and make good use of them. 

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Reference: http://www.imf.org/external/about/histglob.htm 

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