The various factors that result in a nation emerging as the favored destination for overseas students include English as the means of communication, safety, globally accredited universities and choices for scholarships. Students are also more likely to choose a nation that has an adaptable culture.
For several years Britain fulfilled the diverse criterions that would appeal to students across the globe, particularly India. The fact that it already had a huge population of Indians made it easy for Indian students to immigrate to the UK for their studies.
A report revealed by MM Advisory the research firm has revealed that though the strength of Indian students going overseas for their studies is increasing every year, the percentage of Indian students immigrating to the UK has decreased by 10 percent in the last two years, as quoted by The Hindustan Times.
The decrease in the percentage of Indian students heading to the UK is expected to rise by the year 2018 as Brexit will considerably curb job opportunities for overseas students.
The partner and undergraduate services manager at education consultancy The Red Pen, Namita Mehta has said that earlier the students from outside the European Union were permitted to remain in the UK after completion of their studies. But from now onwards, students from India will have to leave Britain and process their work visas if they intended to return to the UK, she added.
As a result, students are now heading towards Australia and the US for their overseas education.
The director of MM Advisory Maria Mathai has said there was an increase of 29% in the numbers of Indian students immigrating to the US and Australia is emerging the next favored destination for them replacing the UK. In the last two years, there was an increase of 20% in the strength of Indian students migrating to Australia and the equal numbers are moving to New Zealand added Mathai.
Australia and New Zealand have liberalized the visa processing and their fees are significantly lower than the UK and the US, explained Mathai.
Co-founder of study-abroad consultancy Collegify Rohan Ganeriwala elaborated on the emerging scenario by saying that nations such as France, Germany, Spain and Denmark have also emerged as options for Indian students. These nations had so far taught the majority of their courses in their native languages. But now they have several courses that are taught in English, said Rohan.
All these factors have now resulted in a scenario where in Indian students are drifting away from the UK. For instance, a 21 one year Indian student Sara John opted to immigrate to Germany for her Master’s course in Engineering. Sara said that though her family was not quite sure if she could adapt to a non-English speaking nation, she was in fact very sure regarding studying at the University of Ulm.
Sara explained that she had done a thorough research online regarding her course and discussed the details with the counselors. As the fee was nearly fifty percent lesser than the cost in the US, she finally decided to move to Germany.
China is also witnessing an increase in the number of Indian students. Counselor at ReachIvy, the study-abroad consultancy Grishma Nanavaty has said that in the year 2015 around 13, 578 students immigrated to China for their studies as compared to the mere 765 students ten years ago.
The proximity to India, lesser tuition fees, courses in English and good accommodation have resulted in the increased number of Indian students heading to China, added Nanavaty.