The blended approach to delivering classes being offered by European universities has enticed students from Chennai to pick up the pieces of their shattered dreams of studying in the USA or Canada.
Many universities in the UK have allowed students to continue their education without a major break in their studies, by offering a blended delivery for courses that require a certain amount of practical teaching, such as engineering and medical courses, and complete online delivery for other courses. Other European countries have followed suit as well, making studying abroad whilst the epidemic rages on still an achievable dream.
Furthermore, the UK has opened up new student routes for international students, which have made it extremely easy to study, work and apply for a settlement visa in the UK. This has been a welcome change for many students. As other popular study-abroad destinations continue to defer new student visa applications, the UKVI has introduced an accessible service that allows students to apply for a student visa from the comfort of their home.
The announcement of a two-year post-study visa in the UK and France, while an allowance for students to stay back for 18-months upon the completion of their course in Germany, has made studying in these European countries very lucrative for Indians. Moreover, Universities in France are offering quite a few financial benefits, coupled with financially accessible fee structures, says one student from Chennai.
These developments are particularly interesting, as the Brexit turmoil has deterred EU nationals from studying in the UK, but has meant that both the EU and the UK are welcoming Indian students with open arms, as both countries look to bolster their higher education framework and to provide domestic firms with a greater pool of skilled labour.