Higher Education

Decline in number of student visa applicants to UK

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The number of students applying for higher education to UK from India has seen a dip in last twelve months. India contributes the second largest number of students in the UK after China. There are almost 40,000 Indian students studying in UK but now there has been a decrease in the number of Indian students visa applicants to the country.
Possible reason for this decline is the depreciation of Rupee which has made education in UK much more expensive. Also, a tighter monitoring of students’ visa as people with interest other than higher education also use this route has led to the reduction in student visa applicants.
In order to attract more students from India, each year upto 700 scholarships are provided by UK institutions, including 40 sponsored by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Recently the UK government has announced their largest ever scholarship programme for India with around 370 scholarships worth nearly one million pounds for 260 PG and UG courses. Moreover, there is  no cap on the number of Indian students in the UK.

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