In 2020, 20% of students from Maharashtra went abroad to study, 15% from Karnataka, 12% from Delhi and 8% from Telangana. Around 70% of them identified themselves as male and 30% as female.
The study also found that the University of Texas at Arlington, Northeastern University and Stevens Institute of Technology were the most preferred universities for engineering courses, whereas the University of Toronto, Georgetown University and University of Rochester were the most popular choices for MBA.
Despite the havoc caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a 41% growth in international applications in 2020 compared to 2019. There has, however, been uncertainty among students who want to pursue higher education abroad due to financial instability amid the national lockdown in India.
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Notably, Prodigy Finance disbursed around Rs. 30 lakh in loans for higher education to each student in 2020. Also significant is that 55% loan disbursements were made in 2019 after a growth of 108% in 2018.
In a statement, Prodigy Fiances Country Head India Mayank Sharma said that students, parents and educational institutions across the globe have had to face several challenges in 2020. It further had an impact on the financial markets which led to limiting the amount of capital earmarked for students last year.
As countries have begun to gradually reopen their international borders in 2021 and roll out vaccination drives, an increase of 30-35% in international applications from 2020 can be expected, he added.
The fin-tech company has recently tied up with six international colleges to offer 1,000 postgraduate courses to Indian students. So far, the company has financially helped 20,000 students from all over the world. It is now aimed at helping 20,000 deserving Indian students in the next three years with loans worth over $1 billion.