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Inclination of Students Towards Studying Abroad is Rising Despite the Challenges Due to Covid-19

Almost all of their students had altered their views about their first-choice destinations or university, according to 84 per cent of schools polled, owing to general uncertainties, travel problems, or financial difficulty brought on by the pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on education around the world, influencing students' preferences about where to study when they finish high school.

Students are becoming increasingly aware range of study opportunities accessible to them internationally, according to research performed as part of Cambridge International’s Annual Destinations survey. The poll questioned schools around the world where their previous year’s Cambridge International AS and A Level pupils selected to go to university and what subjects they chose to study.

Considering the pandemic’s effects, Cambridge students’ willingness to continue their further education outside of the country has not changed. In 2020, it is expected that over a third of Cambridge students will have progressed to universities outside of their home country. Many of the professors polled indicated a shift in the nations that students are willing to consider, with an increase in applications to institutions in Turkey, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands.

In 2020, it is expected that over a third of Cambridge students will have progressed to universities outside of their home country.

Furthermore, when considering the top four international destinations (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia), 76 per cent said they chose the United Kingdom because of its strong university prestige, while 73 per cent said they chose Canada because it was the most attractive for future job prospects.

Sixty-six per cent cited university prestige as a motivation for choosing a US university, while 34 per cent chose Australia because they wanted to travel around the continent. The majority of students in India continue to pursue higher education at Indian universities, trailed by international locations such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

Similar to the global student trend highlighted in the survey data, Indian students have expressed an increased desire to study at Canadian and Australian universities. According to several responses, there is also increased awareness of scholarships and grants, making going to university abroad more financially feasible.

About 84 per cent of schools reported the Covid-19 pandemic had a big influence on students’ higher education decisions in 2020, highlighting the impact of the virus. Three out of five (62%) schools said that some of their pupils were delaying or deferring education because of general uncertainty and a desire to avoid travel away from home.

Covid-19 had such an impact on location choice that 43% of schools saw at least some students shift their plans to attend a different university. Germany, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Australia continue to be popular study-abroad destinations due to the high level of education and post-study employment prospects. The majority of these countries have begun to admit overseas students, but with varying levels of limitations.

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