The internationally recognized universities, premium quality of education, research opportunities and the unique culture of the UK attract many students from around the world every year, and if recent UCAS reports are to be believed, the numbers are rising steeply. Also, Brexit has had an impact on the foreign policies of the United Kingdom and is making it easier for students outside the European Union to study and work in the country. According to the reports by the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), around 4700 students applied for different courses in the universities of the UK this year, which is a rise of almost 5% in the number of applications sent. Also, this year there are a record number of undergraduate students who have applied to UK universities.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) of the UK has also revealed there has been a 28% increase in the number of enrolments from India to the universities in the academic year 2017-2018 as compared to 2016-2017. This rise comes after a slowdown of 3 years in the number of applications. While other Asian countries like China, Hong Kong, and Singapore have had a steady number of applications in the past few years, the rise in Indian applicants is being perceived as a welcome change by universities in the United Kingdom. Post Britain’s exit from the European Union, there have also been several changes made in the UK’s visa and immigration policies, which are enticing more number of applications from India. The following are the changes made to the policies and their implications:
Given the above factors, the number of students applying for universities in the UK from India is sure to increase. There are many universities in the UK which offer world-renowned graduate, postgraduate and MBA courses and most of them have clubs for the Indian community there. There are also universities like the University of Greenwich, Middlesex University, Cardiff University and the University of Bedfordshire which have a high number of Indian enrollments. Such universities, through their engagement programs and student clubs, also play a big role in making Indian students feel at home. Moreover, today there are more professional organizations than ever that help students with UK applications and help them in the visa process as well, which are sure to give a spike to the number of admissions from India in the years to come.
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