30% Rise in Undergraduate Applications from Indian Students to Study at UK Universities: UCAS

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Jul 15, 2021 01:30 PM

The UCAS' new data revealed a 30% increase in Indian undergraduate applications to UK universities from last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. Indian students submitted a total of 9,930 applications this year, up from 9,640 in 2020.

New data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the UK’s centralised higher education application system, found that there has been a 30% increase in the number of undergraduate applications from Indian students. In a week before the UCAS June 30 deadline for the 2021-22 academic year, Indian students submitted a total of 9,930 applications, up from 9,640 in 2020.

Director of Universities UK International (UUKI), Vivienne Stern, mentioned in a statement about how encouraging it was to see Indian students continuing to plan their studies in the UK and the country is also looking forward to welcoming them. She further thanked the UK government and its policies along with the support structures that universities in the UK have put in place.

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As of today, India continues to be on the UK’s red list for foreign travel, requiring international students with a valid UK visa to self-isolate for 10 days at a government-approved hotel upon arrival.

The National Health Service (NHS) has also announced that it will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all international students coming to the UK.

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According to predictions made by UCAS, the UK will see a record number of international students studying at UK universities later this year. This will lead to an increase of 14% in undergraduate university applications from students worldwide.

One of the reasons that led to this increase could be the UK’s new Graduate Route, applications for which began from July 1, 2021. For the 2020-21 cohort, the UK extended the deadline for students to be in the country until September 27, 2021.

For students starting their studies in the UK later this year or early next year, the deadline will be April 6, 2022.

Also Read: UK's 'Flexibility and Quality of Education Makes it an Attractive Choice for International Students'

The UUKI has suggested international students contact their respective universities to understand more about arrivals and preparations for September.

Students coming to the UK this year will also be given additional choices to begin their studies, including the option of studying remotely and travelling later if required or arriving at the beginning of the term and requiring support throughout the quarantine period.

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