India, second only to China in the number of students opting for higher education abroad, is all set to become the largest student market in the world if the latest trends are anything to go by. Dylan Hoemsen, executive director of South Asia for Grok Global Services stated that several factors such as degree mobility, the financial angle, part-time work opportunities affect the decision of an Indian student to study abroad.
Countries such as Canada, UK and USA are making sure that Indian students opt forthem despite the ongoing pandemic, travel restrictions and lockdowns. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, a total of 7,53,000 Indian students were studying abroad in 2019.
Janaka Pushpanathan, director South India at British Council, said that the post-study work visa, graduate route and new PhD student extension offered by the UK universities would further attract more Indian students. She went on to say that the UK education sector is flexible and more responsive to the needs of international students and their parents.
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Pushpanathan also mentioned how the Indian government and its newly-devised NEP 2020 aims at making the country an international student destination.
Bhavvna Jolly, a senior program officer at Education USA, added that the US is continuing to offer niche programs which students are still interested in applying for. Universities in the US are also ensuring that the programs contribute to the future of work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canada has also emerged as one of the most popular study-abroad destinations in recent years, witnessing remarkable growth in the number of Indian students taking up programs in the country.
Hoemsen further added that the marketing departments of a given institution should focus more on the flexibility and deferred admissions due to the pandemic.
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