Visa Crunch

Indian Students Aspiring For Studying Abroad Have Better Opportunities As COVID-19 Curbs Ease

While the pandemic restrictions loosen and governments open their borders to international students, Indian students who want to study abroad are positive about their career goals ahead.

While on-campus teaching and learning is returning, the educational paradigm has shifted. According to a recent higher education analysis by RedSeer, the number of Indian students pursuing international higher education is expected to increase to 1.8 million by 2024.

In keeping with this, around 56,000 students were granted study visas to the United Kingdom between April 2020 and March 2021. According to data given by the UK Home Office, this is the case. Considering the pandemic, this is a 13% increase over the previous year.

According to information compiled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), there has been a 30% spike in undergraduate admissions and a 4% increase in overall student applications from India as of June 2021, when compared to the previous year.

While the pandemic was a setback in some ways, it also saw the rise of digital learning and hybrid classrooms in institutions, allowing students to study more courses concurrently and at their own speed.

Academic institutions have expanded their online learning capabilities and made technical advances in classrooms, while also facilitating in-person lectures to assist students to obtain online learnings while also receiving face-to-face socialization.

Collaborative learning and the relative simplicity with which courses can be accessed on smartphones have not only increased the number of venues where learning may take place but have also made global classrooms and international shared faculty a very real prospect.

There has also been a transition in students’ attitudes on “being on campus,” with a strong emphasis on learning information through face-to-face interaction with professors and other faculty members, along with the careers assistance or the placement team.

They now prioritize employability when selecting a course or study location. There has also been a beneficial shift in the approach to part-time job options, which are now more easily accessible online.

Universities around the world have adjusted their strategy to put the safety of the university community at the centre of all projects.

Many students were anxious and distressed as a result of the various lockdowns, and prospective international students faced additional stress with uncertainty over important decisions such as whether to take a gap year or pursue online education until international travel is permitted, enrol at a local university, or find a job to gain experience.

As students return to college, universities are attempting to help them adjust to their new surroundings so that they can make a smooth transition. Some of the initiatives being adopted include on-campus student counselling and 24-hour helplines.

Mental health support services, like other regularly utilized support services including housing, financial, and job services, will remain a valuable resource. It is difficult to survive in a global market without the influx of overseas students.

Recognizing this and the value of cross-cultural trained people, countries have relaxed restrictions pertaining to overseas students in order to stimulate influx.

The international flight arrangements, the removal of India from the red list of countries, the recognition of vaccine certificates from India, and the relaxation of quarantine regulations for vaccinated people, are some of the initiatives that have boosted confidence in international cooperation agreements and encouraged concerned students and their parents to accept offer letters and apply for visas.

The interruption of student movement due to the virus outbreak has not lowered student ambitions, and colleges must keep up with the evolving student needs.

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