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Study Abroad: Consistent decrease in Indian students studying in UK universities since 2010

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019

Most students aspiring to study in a foreign university are considering other countries, reports Gayatri Nanda

United Kingdom used to be a popular choice among several Indian candidates for long, but the trend has changed since 2010.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), students are considering other options. It states that the number of Indian students applying to UK universities have decreased by almost 60% since 2010.
 
Kavita Singh, the CEO of a prominent career consulting firm in New Delhi believes there are various factors that contribute to this stark decrease.
Talking to Education Times, she explained students who aspire to study abroad want to have the opportunity to work in that country. “However, because of the Brexit, strict work visa requirements, and expensive higher education, it has become very competitive for the international students to acquire a work visa there.”
 
“Students are opting for countries such as Canada where the immigration policies are more friendly in comparison to other countries,” she adds.
 
Even though the process is straight forward, it is extremely competitive, says Aditya Jain, who graduated with a Master’s in Biochemistry from Oxford University, and recently got a work visa in the UK. He explained that the work visa runs on a point based system. Points are awarded if the applicant is sponsored by an employer, is being paid the appropriate salary, has a degree from the UK.
 
“One needs to acquire a certain number of points to score above a minimum threshold for a successful application.”
 
He said since there are a lot of foreign students seeking work visas after their degree, finding a job was an intense process. “In the process, the challenge was in finding a firm that would want to fund my work visa as it is quite costly.”
 
Singh also mentioned that everyone is hopeful that things are going to change soon as the government has raised issues relating to the work visa of Indian students. The issue has been consistently highlighted by India in all discussions with the UK at various levels.

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