5 Best Countries to Study MS Abroad: Tuition Fee, Living & Visa Cost, Stay Back Period

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Srishti Chatterjee
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Updated on Jun 28, 2022 15:19 IST

5 Best countries to study MS abroad

Why students pursue MS abroad?

MS is one of the most sought-after courses today because of the weight it carries on your resume. Those who want to pursue MS abroad always have a question on their mind that which is the best country for MS. It is essential to keep in mind that the kind of school and MS program you attend will have a long-lasting impact on your career. Hence, it is important to choose wisely where you wish to study. The criteria for choosing an MS College should be based on the cost, reputation, quality of education, positive reviews, and return on investment (ROI), etc.

Listed below are few top countries for MS:

United States

The US has always been a magnet for thousands of ambitious students around the world. US is the destination Indian students prefer over other countries because US colleges offer academic excellence, extensive support services for international students, generous funding, a wide variety of educational options, flexible curricula, and OPT and CPT which provide hands-on training. With home to some of the top universities, US is considered as one of the best country to do MS. This all-in-one package is offered only by the US, along with the fact that there is already a strong Indian community that thrives there.

Cost of Study in the US (Tuition + living cost)

Cost of staying in the US can vary from $12,000–$35,000 per year depending on the place where you are staying. If the student is staying in a suburb then the student needs around $10,000-$12,000 per year. Whereas if a student is residing in a major city like New York or Chicago then expenses can go up to $18,000. 

Stay Back Period in the US after MS?

International students who want to stay back in the US after completing their degree have the option to do so through OPT. It is a temporary employment permission that allows students to gain practical experience in their field of study for a period of 12 months.

Student Visa Cost for the US

There are three types of US study visa:

F1 Visa, J1 Visa, and M1 Visa are three different types of US student visas. The application fee for study visa for the US is $160.

A few of the popular US colleges offering MS:

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The number of international students enrolled in Canadian universities has grown year on year over the past few years. Canada’s higher education sector is characterized by its diversity. Its institutions vary in size, history, and portfolio of programs and specializations. With tighter norms in the US, Canada has become the best place to do MS for international students. Canadian degree/diploma is recognized around the world as being of the highest standard. In addition, you get all this at a remarkably low cost, both in terms of cost of education and in terms of the cost of living

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Cost of Study in Canada (Tuition + living cost)

The tuition fee in Canada can vary up to CDN $10,000 - $40,000 annually. And those who are looking to pursue post-graduation program, the cost of pursuing MS in Canada can be anywhere between CDN $15,000 - $55,000 annually. Apart from this, a student also needs around CDN $10,000 - $12,000 as living expenses.

Stay Back Period in Canada after Completing MS

Canada is preferred as the top country to do MS. Further, a post-graduation work permit in Canada is valid for the same duration as your program of study, or you can stay for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 3 years after completing your MS. To be eligible for this, your course duration must be of minimum 8 months.

Student Visa Cost for Canada

Study permit for Canada costs CAD$ 150.

A few of the popular Canadian colleges offering MS:

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Australian university qualifications are internationally recognized and valued by employers and academics worldwide. Australian degrees can be divided into Professional Development Masters, Professional Masters, and Traditional Academic Masters. Professional Development Masters degrees offer opportunities to specialize in a particular area. Professional Masters enable students who have a general or non-professional undergraduate background to train and qualify to practice in a particular field.

Cost of Study in Australia (Tuition + living cost)

An international student must fulfill the financial requirements set by The Department of Immigration and Border Protection. A candidate needs to show INR 10.30 lakhs for the first year to study in Australia. For a post-graduate degree, the fee can be around INR 17.30 lakhs.

Stay Back Period in Australia after MS

If you have completed two years of study in Australia then you can stay in Australia for 18 months to gain work experience.

Student Visa cost for Australia

The cost of all the subclass visas for international students is AUD$ 630.

A few of the popular Australian colleges offering MS:


German Masters programs draw on world-leading expertise in a number of fields, particularly in applied sciences, engineering and related subject areas. For Germany, the sole criteria for selection are academic excellence as documented by means of academic certificates, publications, patents, etc. After completing one’s degree program from a German university, one is allowed to stay in Germany for 18 months to look for a job in keeping with one’s qualification.

Cost of Study in Germany (Tuition + living cost)

Public universities in Germany do not charge tuition fee or charge a minimal fee, whereas private universities can charge anywhere between INR 9 – 10 lakhs. Also, for living expenses, students need approximately INR 7 lakhs.

Stay Back Period in Germany after MS

After completing their master's degree, international students can get a Residence Permit of 18 months in Germany to look for a job as per their field of study.

Student Visa cost for Germany

Visa fees for Germany student visa are €75.

A few of the popular German colleges offering MS:

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United Kingdom

Masters courses in the UK are shorter and more intensive than other countries, so you will graduate sooner (usually within a year) without compromising on education quality. This will save your time and money spent on tuition fees and cost of living. The UK has the second highest number of universities ranked in the top 100 by the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World Rankings. The UK has a long tradition of education with some of its universities having started in the 12th-13th century.

Cost of study in the UK (Tuition + living cost)

For international students, the tuition fee can vary from £10,000 (~US$14,130) to £38,000 (~US$53,700). Also, as per the UK Border Agency (UKBA), an international student needs to show a budget of at least £1,265 per month for staying in London and £1,015 per month for staying outside London excluding tutu ion fee.

Stay Back Period in the UK after MS

International students can stay back in the UK for four months after completion of their degree.

Student Visa cost for the UK

The fee for the Tier 4 General Visa is £363.

A few of the popular UK colleges offering MS:

Other Popular Countries for MS

  • New Zealand
  • France

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I had completed my graduation of BCOM computers,can I go to ms computer science to australia

Reply to Pagadalamahidhar Sri

I did my post graduation here in India which is equal to 17years of education. Now can i apply for my second masters at universities in USA or Canada if they accepted me am i eligible for scholarship?

Reply to Saicharan Saicharan

Is germany a safe country to study MS . and how will be our daily life in germany as students?

Reply to chadaram vaishnavi


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

9 months ago

Yes, it is a safe country. You can find more information here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-guide-to-germany-guidepage-273


Priya Sharma

a year ago

Hello mam i am pursing b.Tech cse and i want to do ms.Their are many countries which gives scholarship and other benefits same as Korean government provided scholarship and many benefit but i have doubt like is it really a good option ms in cse.

Reply to Priya Sharma


Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Universities/colleges provide department-specific scholarships for masters students. You can check this on the respective university/college website.



a year ago

Hello ma'am
i have completed my b.tech in ECE this year with 77% and now i want to pursue masters abroad. Can you suggest which country is best suitable for me except for Germany?



Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Devika, choosing a country should depend upon your budget mostly and then look for universities and courses availability. You can read more here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/5-things-to-consider-before-choosing-a-study-abroad-destination-articlepage-460

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