Updated: July 18, 2022 1:28 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India], July 18 (ANI/PNN): Study abroad has always appealed to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The pandemic has brought this movement to a screeching halt, with countries closing their borders and implementing precautionary policies that have impacted the global education sector. However, recent data from major study abroad destinations, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany and others, highlights a dramatic increase in the number of international students during the current year.
Indian students have maximized post-pandemic opportunities to launch their global college pathways. According to the Indian Bureau of Immigration, 1,33,135 students left for their higher education abroad in the first quarter of 2022, and 4,44,553 students in 2021. The US consulate recorded the highest number of visa approvals , 62,000, in 2021 and is expected to double in 2022. 1,15,000 Indian students were approved to study in Canada between January and September 2021, with a PGWPP approval rate of 95% for Indians over the past five years.
According to the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency, the total number of Indian students enrolled in UK universities has increased by 220%. Recent figures from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) also show an increase in the number of international students, with 3,30,000 international students currently enrolled at German universities. The data also highlights a significant increase in the number of Indian students choosing Germany as their preferred destination, with a 10% increase in the number of new enrollments of Indian students.
Pursuing studies abroad is no longer the exclusive prerogative of the elite. With the rise of scholarship programs and student loans becoming an accessible and achievable alternative, funding is no longer a barrier to achieving study abroad ambitions. With the revolution brought about by EduTech platforms, these aspirations are not limited to students in Indian metropolises. Suraj Bajaj, CEO of Collegepond, believes that “the marriage of technology with the global education sector has enabled wider reach and accessibility. The Converge app, launched by Collegepond in early 2022, now hosts a community student of over 1,25,000 pan India with dreams of going global.”
Apps like Converge have made it easy for students to access a range of study abroad information and apply to top universities around the world. With advice and resources readily available, students can now complete their study abroad experience in a convenient, easier and stress-free way, and experience the limitless prospects of global education.
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