UK Witnesses Record Number of Indian Student Applicants


Subhashri Roy
Updated on Feb 24, 2022 11:27 AM IST

The UCAS' new data revealed a 30% increase in Indian undergraduate applications to UK universities from last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. Indian students submitted a total of 9,930 applications this year, up from 9,640 in 2020.

UK Witnesses Record Number of Indian Student Applicants

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According to new undergraduate enrolment data in the UK, a record number of Indian students have enrolled in UK universities and courses starting September this year, TOI reported. According to official reports, applications received for this years September start, Indian applications saw an 11% rise.

Keeping the recent 26th January 2022 deadline, undergraduate student applications received from India via the UCAS, UKs shared admissions service for higher education, totalled around 8,660, nearly double that of 2019 numbers that totalled around 4,690 applicants.

Those who were successful in submitting their applications before the January deadline would receive equal consideration, while those submitting their applications afterwards will have their applications considered based on the availability of spaces. India continues to be the second-largest source of non-EU international students in the UK.

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UCAS International MD, Des Cutchey, commented that the record number of Indian student applications this year to UK universities is a good indicator of how countries are viewing the UK as a higher education destination.

In his statements, he also highlighted the demand for nursing courses among prospective Indian students also grew, compared to previous years. He further added that the number of Indian student applications in the UK in the coming years should continue to grow even more.

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Moreover, even if UK universities were to set up campuses in India and Indian universities set up universities in the UK, he stated that the forecast should remain the same. While highlighting similar situations with other countries and no impact on student applications in the UK from those countries, he stated that there is still a strong appeal of having an experience in a country outside of their own.

Source: The Times of India

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(July 15th, 2021) 30% Rise in Undergraduate Applications from Indian Students to Study at UK Universities: UCAS

New data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the UKs centralised higher education application system, found that there has been a 30% increase in the number of undergraduate applications from Indian students. In a week before the UCAS June 30 deadline for the 2021-22 academic year, Indian students submitted a total of 9,930 applications, up from 9,640 in 2020.

Director of Universities UK International (UUKI), Vivienne Stern, mentioned in a statement about how encouraging it was to see Indian students continuing to plan their studies in the UK and the country is also looking forward to welcoming them. She further thanked the UK government and its policies along with the support structures that universities in the UK have put in place.

Also Read: Tough Times for Indian Students in the UK as India Remains on the 'Red List'

As of today, India continues to be on the UKs red list for foreign travel, requiring international students with a valid UK visa to self-isolate for 10 days at a government-approved hotel upon arrival.

The National Health Service (NHS) has also announced that it will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all international students coming to the UK.

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According to predictions made by UCAS, the UK will see a record number of international students studying at UK universities later this year. This will lead to an increase of 14% in undergraduate university applications from students worldwide.

One of the reasons that led to this increase could be the UKs new Graduate Route, applications for which began from July 1, 2021. For the 2020-21 cohort, the UK extended the deadline for students to be in the country until September 27, 2021.

For students starting their studies in the UK later this year or early next year, the deadline will be April 6, 2022.

Also Read: UK's 'Flexibility and Quality of Education Makes it an Attractive Choice for International Students'

The UUKI has suggested international students contact their respective universities to understand more about arrivals and preparations for September.

Students coming to the UK this year will also be given additional choices to begin their studies, including the option of studying remotely and travelling later if required or arriving at the beginning of the term and requiring support throughout the quarantine period.

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