A report published by an authorised QS University Rankings provider states that the UK is likely to attract more international students for the September 2021 session due to the effectiveness and speed at which the vaccination drive is being processed throughout the country.
Earlier in 2020, international students were in fear that UK universities would defer or cancel the applications of overseas students due to high COVID-19 cases and death toll. However, as the vaccination came into the picture, the international students' interest in the UK increased rapidly.
As per a survey of 105,083 students, nearly 47% of prospective international students are planning to apply for admission in the UK universities due to the good rate of vaccinations in the country and 17% of them agreed that the UK government is handling the vaccination rollout better than any other country.
Approximately 17% of students said it is due to the effective vaccination process carried around the world that they are now looking forward to studying abroad and 56% of them are focusing on applying for admission in countries where the vaccination programme is most successful.
Along with the effective vaccination programme, the post-study work visas in the UK for international students and years of immigration policies are the other reasons why the UK is considered as one of the top countries to study abroad.
The director of Universities UK International (UUKi), Vivienne Stern, said that the survey reveals that UK universities have managed to handle the critical situation efficiently and now the UK government and universities would work together to sustain international students enrollment and also support for students from other countries must be their priority.
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