UK’s graduate rouse visa programme associates with increased applications
The United Kingdom’s (UK) centralised higher education application system, Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), has released a new data which shows a 30% rise in the number of Indian applicants for undergraduate programmes at British universities amid COVID-induced travel restrictions.
The study found that a total of 9,930 applications were filled out by Indian students till the last date of registration at various universities, which was June 30. Last year, the number of applications stood at 7,640.
The country’s new graduate route visa, allowing international students to apply for the right to stay in the UK for experiences at the end of their graduation programmes, is believed to be attributing to the increased number of applications.
The UK government had also furthered the flexibility for international students to begin their programmes. They can begin their courses online and travel to the country later.
Vivienne Stern, director of a body which represents 140 British universities, Universities UK International (UUKI), said it is encouraging to see Indian students opting to study in the UK and the whole university community has shown resilience this year.
Universities have worked hard to be flexible to enable students to progress to their next level of study, the chief executive of UCAS Clare Merchant said.
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