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Mahesh Ramani

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


14 Aug 2015 167K Book icon 2 mins Share

Best study abroad options for students after 12th commerce

Did you study Commerce in Class 12th and you are looking to go abroad for your undergraduate degree? This article looks at some best study options abroad.

14 Aug 2015 167K 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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best study abroad options after 12th commerce

‘Commerce’, despite the growing number of engineering colleges in the country, is a popular subject choice among students. Across the different boards of education in India, the Commerce group in higher secondary schools includes papers in Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics, Business Maths, English and the regional language. This opens up a whole world of undergraduate degree options for students. Students who wish to enter the Humanities or the Liberal Arts can choose from Literature to Drama and History to Music and much more. 

We talk about some of the best places abroad that offer a host of opportunities in Commerce. Those who wish to stick to Commerce would typically apply for a Bachelor of Commerce - B.Com degree. A B.A. in Economics or a B.A. in Accounting and Finance are other popular options. Students aspiring to do something more ambitious, opt to become Chartered Accountants. This starts a long process of writing papers, clearing them in clusters, three years of articleship/audit-training, and finally the achievement of becoming a certified chartered accountant or CA.   

Traditionally, Indian students going abroad for higher studies were restricted to engineering, medicine and law. But with education loans becoming easier to access and many new scholarship opportunities, Indian students are going abroad for undergraduate courses in Commerce, Accountancy, Science and Humanities. 

The QS World Subject Rankings Table does not offer a separate subject option for Commerce and lists entries under Economics & Econometrics and Accounting & Finance.


In the UK the best places to study Commerce and related courses are:

University of Oxford
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Cambridge
London Business School
The University of Manchester


The usual front-runners make their presence felt in the USA:

Harvard University
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania


All the big regional universities make it to the list in Australia:

The University of Melbourne
The University of New South Wales
The University of Sydney
Monash University
The Australian National University

New Zealand:

New Zealand with its friendly visa policies allowing one-year extension to secure a job after graduation is gaining in popularity among Indian students. Check out the best universities to study Commerce:

The University of Auckland
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Massey University
University of Otago


Three major universities are recommended for studying Commerce in Singapore:
National University Singapore (NUS)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
Singapore Management University

Entry Requirements:

Applicants need to have a good academic score in their Class XII exams with a minimum average score of 70% and above. IELTS score of 5.5 is the basic English language requirement. Those students who have completed an International Baccalaureate Programme in India are usually exempted from submitting fresh IELTS scores.

Foundation Programme:

Sometimes institutions will recommend students to complete a Foundation/Pathways Programme to enable students to improve their knowledge of the core subject, English, Mathematics and Computing skills before they can join the degree programme. 


Costs vary based on the duration of the programme and the country of study. Overall costs will range from INR15 lakhs to INR30 lakhs. Note Singapore is an affordable option only if you get into a public university. The cost of living in Singapore has sky-rocketed quite a bit over the past five years. In the current scenario with very friendly visa policies - New Zealand would be a great place to study.

You can get in touch with our dedicated education counsellors to explore your options of studying commerce or a related subject abroad. Get in touch with us today on our toll-free numbers - 18001032581 for a range of free admission support services.

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