94% Indian Students Want To Study Abroad This Year Vs Last

A survey conducted by Leverage Edu, Study Abroad Platform, revealed that 94 per cent of Indian students were keener to travel and study abroad this year compared to last year. The survey was conducted amongst users that registered on the Leverage Edu platform in the last 5 months.

Leverage Edu, a study abroad platform conducted a study over the span of five-month to find the following results:

  • 94 per cent of students said they are keener to study abroad this year than last year
  • 58 per cent students said they had made their plans within the last 3 months itself, while 36 per cent said they had these plans in place for long, executing on now
  • 75 per cent of students chose the UK as their preferred study destination. Canada & the US were chosen by 13 per cent and 9 per cent students respectively.
  • 71 per cent of students chose Better Healthcare Infrastructure as one of their key reasons to study & look at opportunities abroad.
  • 60 per cent of students were looking to fund their studies through an Education Loan.
  • 58 per cent of students said they had made their plans within the last 3 months, while 36 per cent said they had plans for much longer and are now continuing them.
  • 59 of students chose not to change their study destination this year while 28 per cent students changed their destination choice from another country to the UK (note from Leverage Edu: this is largely because of their pace of vaccination, the NHS’s policies which are in the favour of the global student, and the constant communication that Universities in the UK have maintained).
  • Out of the students who opted for the UK as their preferred study destination, 2/3rd students said that the UK's Plan to vaccinate all international students will benefit incoming students.
  • Management/Business courses remained the top choice of discipline for students gathering 35 per cent votes with Engineering at second place with 18 per cent votes. Data Science/Analytics also made its mark with 9 per cent of students going for the course this year.
  • 60 per cent of students surveyed agreed that constant communication amidst the pandemic by foreign universities has been useful and the information provided has been useful while making a decision.

In view of these results, Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO, Leverage Edu stated, “Primarily, this is a result of Governments in the UK, USA and other developed countries, opening up their higher education and immigration policies, and communicating in a far more welcoming manner than ever before. The pandemic has changed how countries think about economic growth, and one that is inclusive is top of the charts now. Access to early vaccinations, as well as basics like healthcare infrastructure, quality of the air we breathe, previously little-understood points, have gained a lot of relevance post the second wave in India.”

Healthcare and universities being more open to foreign students appear to be the reason for this increase.

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