Factors such as global adoration of the National Health Service (NHS) and the English language were significant for those choosing universities in the UK, according to a survey of more than 1,200 students from 116 countries seeking to study abroad.
According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), by 2026, the number of international undergraduate applications is expected to rise by 46% to 2,08,500.
'Where Next? What influences the choices international students make?' is a new report from UCAS and the College Board. It indicates that throughout the epidemic, 88% of international students regarded the United Kingdom as a promising study destination, while 77% of the total applicants chose the country for its high academic standards.
International students were also reported to be strongly self-reliant, with more than half claiming that their research influenced their choice of destination to study in, while just 1% cited their teachers.
In addition, nearly 69% of international applicants aim to self-fund their studies in the UK, compared to only 4% of national students.
They are also more inclined to consider the university they want to attend above the subject they want to study. As per the statistics, 55% of international students attend high-tariff UK universities, which is 27% higher than that of UK students.
Despite the obstacles of the pandemic, international students have explored the possibilities open to them, and the same increasing interest is expected to continue into the next decade, said Clare Marchant, UCAS chief executive.
To continue to encourage and support international students to study across borders, the global higher education community should customise applicants' perspectives. This should be done by sharing data that is pertinent and valuable for specific countries to proffer excellent offers.
College Board's vice president of international, Linda Liu, stated that their programmes reflect international students' desire to study abroad. Owing to the record-breaking number of students taking AP (Advanced Placement) examinations outside the United States, many students are sending their SAT scores to universities outside of their home country.
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Source: Bloomberg; Worcester News