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Why The Demand For Foreign Universities Is Increasing By Indian Students In This Pandemic Situation?


Why The Demand For Foreign Universities Is Increasing By Indian Students In This Pandemic Situation?

Last updated: 24 Jun 2020

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Most of the top universities abroad have started inviting applications for their September, January, and March academic intakes. For students who are interested in getting admission to these universities, NOW is the ideal time to start filling out and processing their Application Forms and blocking or reserving their seats. Once the COVID-19 pandemic situation clears and is completely resolved, admission will be completely processed. Candidates can be ready to physically join the upcoming academic intake in September, January, and March in the top universities abroad. All the foreign universities are expecting a HUGE turnout for their next intake because of the delay in admissions caused by the pandemic situation; so it is good to be prepared and reserve the seats in your preferred university at the earliest!

According to the recent research conducted by many universities abroad, it was found that applications by Indian students for foreign universities and courses were still increasing despite the current pandemic situation.

Most of the Indian students prefer to study in colleges and universities abroad compared to studying in India. If you thought that the current pandemic situation would affect student’s aspiration to study abroad, think again! In fact, 91% of students still wish to continue studying abroad despite the current pandemic situation.

Every year, around 75% of Indian students apply to countries abroad for college admissions especially the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, Australia, Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Mauritius, Malaysia, Philippines, Moldova, Armenia and Kazakhstan. Students choose these countries according to their planned budget.

Students prefer these countries because:

  • These colleges provide high quality internationally recognized education
  • More subject options are available within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Management, and Medical courses 
  • Competitive qualifying examinations are not as many as there are in India
  • The possibility of settling down is higher with easy and simple immigration opportunities
  • There is more scope for research especially for MBBS, Management, and PhD courses

The common courses that students prefer to study in colleges abroad are:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Bachelor’s (undergraduate) Programs
  • Master’s (postgraduate) Programs
  • Nursing Programs
  • Bachelor of Technology (BTech)
  • Master of Technology (MTech)
  • Doctorate (PhD)
  • Post-doctoral Research
  • Summer Fellowships
  • Student Exchange Programs

The main reason for this is the immediate and straight-forward safety measures being set-up to be implemented by countries abroad after the lockdown. Despite the Coronavirus outbreak and the current pandemic situation, universities abroad have ensured instant solutions:

  • The universities have decided to start the new academic intake without cancellation.
  • The beginning of the academic year is being conducted online so that students don’t miss out on the important courses and lessons
  • Normal academic batches are ongoing without any interruption through temporary online mode
  • Candidates will be invited to the university for the physical classes soon depending on the future situation

There were initially around 76% Indian students who wanted to pursue higher education abroad in the next 6-10 months especially the upcoming September, January, or March college intakes. Among them, 16% students were yet to finalize their decision while 8% students were delaying their decision since they were waiting for a notification from the respective universities.

However, the numbers drastically changed when students were aware about the preventive steps being taken by international universities. All of a sudden, 91% of students - 76% of whom are interested in postgraduate degree programmes and 34% of whom are interested in undergraduate degree programmes, were convinced to shift back to their initial plan of studying abroad and apply during the academic intake of their desired college.

The reasons for this sudden change of opinion in spite of the pandemic situation are:

  • Colleges have made hygiene of highest importance with the use of hand sanitizers, hand wash, face shield, and disinfection arches
  • Universities are prepared with various precautionary measures like Social Distancing
  • Reliable and high standards of the international healthcare system
  • Colleges are being disinfected and sanitised on a daily basis
  • Mobility inside/outside the college is restricted to health officials, security requirements, and transport of essential services
  • Semester classes have been shifted online
  • Course materials, lectures, assignments, tests, and assessments have been provided online
  • There is provision for combined learning – theoretical lessons, audio-visual videos, and illustrative examples
  • Student self-help sections are available for immediate student support
  • 24x7 COVID-19 student helpline numbers are available for instant guidance and support
  • Universities are encouraging other opportunities like online internships, skill- enhancing programs, and interview training
  • Online pre-sessional English training courses for English communication, proficiency, and comprehension are available
  • Student gatherings like Valedictory and Graduation are being held online to prevent unnecessary overcrowding
  • Trustworthy and verified information is being shared to prevent anxiety, worry, and tension among students

These steps ensure that the international students are not worried and can take up admission into colleges abroad without any fear or worry about their future education. This ensures that they will come out as strong students after the pandemic – with the ability to face any future pandemic without hesitation.

Bangalore is one of the most popular metropolitan cities in India. Students who study in Bangalore are known for their smartness, intelligence, and passion for their education and career. Since high-quality education is very important to Bangalore students, they prefer to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses abroad for global exposure. This ensures more exposure, advanced research facilities, and better career opportunities.

The demand to study abroad is gradually increasing even during the current pandemic situation. This is because students can prepare for their future education from the comfort of their own home. In addition, everybody is slowly getting used to the current situation and are travelling around the city and the country. People are gradually accepting that this is going to become the “new normal” and that everything will gradually be fine.

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