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Record Number Of Indian Students Applied To UK Universities In 2021

This year, a record number of Indian students applied for undergraduate degrees at UK institutions.

Applications from India for undergraduate courses in the UK through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, increased by 11% year on year to 8,660 applicants in September, compared to 7,830 in 2021, almost doubling from the previous year’s 4,690 applicants.

Indians are the second-largest student group enrolling in British institutions, after Chinese students. The UCAS application deadline for most programs was January 26, ensuring that colleges would give all applicants equal consideration for enrollment in 2022. While applications beyond the January deadline are being accepted, they are subject to space availability.

“This a record figure for Indian undergraduate applications and a good indicator of how countries are viewing the UK as a higher education destination,” TOI quoted UCAS International MD Des Cutchey as saying.

“The number of applications from India for nursing studies is considerably higher than in previous years. We have seen the same trend in UK applications — showing the importance of the profession after the pandemic. Our forecast is that applications from India will continue to increase,” he added.

The United Kingdom has made the most progress. The number of incoming overseas students is at an all-time high, up 38% from pre-COVID levels. The disruption caused by the pandemic might be obscured by annual data. This is due to the fact that nations imposed varying levels of limitations during 2020 and 2021, causing typical enrolment patterns to be disrupted.

In the year leading up to September 2021, the UK home office issued a total of 428,428 sponsored study visas, a 143 per cent increase over the previous year and a 55 per cent increase over pre-Covid levels.

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