94% of Indian students want to travel overseas.
Intelligent Overseas Education Travel Update: According to a new poll by the higher education portal Leverage Edu, 94% of Indian students want to travel overseas to study abroad in 2021 than last year.
Leverage Edu Founder & CEO Akshay Chaturvedi attributes the growing interest to “developed countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and other advanced nations opening up their higher education and immigration programmes in a considerably more friendly manner than previously.”
Of the 5,000 Indian students who will be polled starting in 2021, 75 per cent choose to study in the United Kingdom, while 13 per cent prefer Canada and 9 per cent prefer the United States. A total of 59 per cent decided to keep their chosen study locations from the previous year, with 28 per cent opting to study in the United Kingdom. For this, Leverage Edu attributed the country’s rapid vaccination rate, student-friendly healthcare regulations, and consistent, reassuring communication from UK institutions throughout the epidemic.
Surprisingly, the poll discovered that healthcare is the most critical issue among Indian students who wish to study abroad. The second wave has focused on topics such as “access to early immunizations,” “essentials such as healthcare infrastructure, and the quality of the air we breathe,” which were previously underestimated concerns in India but have now garnered significant attention. According to Chaturvedi, “access to early vaccinations, as well as essentials like healthcare infrastructure and the quality of the air we breathe” have received significant attention as a result of the second wave. Because of the epidemic, India’s healthcare system is already overburdened, so it is no surprise that 71 per cent of survey respondents cited “better healthcare infrastructure” as a significant factor for looking for chances overseas.
Aside from that, 60 per cent of those who answered the survey expressed optimism of receiving an education loan to help them pay for their studies. According to the World Economic Forum, India is one of the significant supply countries for foreign talent in the world’s best educational centers. Photograph courtesy of Manjunath Kiran/AFP.
Enrollment in Indian universities is expected to “rebound” shortly.
Understandably, Indian students are keen to rekindle their study abroad ambitions after a year of travel and academic challenges. They’ve just been included in the US government’s travel exemption list, considered for the UK’s Migration and Mobility Partnership with India, helped by Australia, and awarded residence in Quebec, Canada.
According to Chaturvedi, these reasons fuel an increase in interest in study abroad among Indian students this year. Because major urban areas were cut off, there were some concerns regarding visa appointments for a while, but those concerns have largely been alleviated. In his interview with The Pie News, he predicted that the following two to three academic intakes would be “quite the recovery. “Globally, institutions have suffered significant losses due to the drop in international student enrollment during the previous year. Because of its enormous young population, India continues to be one of the most crucial source nations for international students in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada.
These poll findings are consistent with a 2020 QS study that demonstrates how the promise of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccination is encouraging international students to begin their studies abroad earlier than previously anticipated. As long as they register with the appropriate health authorities in their respective states or regions, international students enrolling at UK, Australian, and Canadian universities will be provided with the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
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