Record number of Indians apply for UK undergrad courses

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The Indian students have been selected through the country’s centralized application system in 2021…reports Asian Lite News

A record number of Indians have applied for undergraduate courses at UK universities for the academic session starting in September.

As of January 26 deadline, applications from India through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, grew by 11% year-on year to 8,660 applicants (compared to 7,830 in 2021) and have almost doubled since 2019 when there were 4,690 applicants. India remains the second-biggest non-EU market for UK higher education after China (28,930 applicants). While applications can be submitted beyond the deadline, these are subject to availability of seats.

“This a record figure for Indian undergraduate applications and a good indicator of how countries are viewing the UK as a higher education destination. The number of applications from India for nursing studies is considerably higher than previous years, showing the importance of the profession after the pandemic. Our forecast is that applications from India will continue to increase,” said UCAS International MD Des Cutchey.

When asked if UK universities opening up campuses in India and Indian varsities doing the same in Britain will impact application numbers, Cutchey said he did not foresee much change as there is already a precedent of this in other nations and it has not affected student numbers. “The appeal of having an experience in a country outside your own is still strong. This (outpost) just offers an alternative which may be more attractive to some.

A repeat of 2021

Last year, nearly 3,200 students from India got their admissions in Universities across UK.

The Indian students have been selected through the country’s centralized application system in 2021. Last year’s admission of Indian students to UK Universities marks an increase of 19 percent in comparison to the previous year.

“UK universities are preparing to give a warm welcome to Indian students this autumn. Students have shown a great amount of patience and resilience in sticking with their plans to study overseas and we look forward to welcoming them, and welcoming them back, to our campuses and university communities,” said Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, which represents over 140 universities.

UK’s new post-study or Graduate route visa, which came into force in July 2021, offers students the chance to stay on for two years after completing their degree course to be able to gather work experience.

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