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Every year, lakhs of Indian students go abroad for their higher education, especially to the United Kingdom. In 2019–20, the number of Indian students in the UK increased by 27%, i.e., to 53,015 in 2020–21, which is around 19% of all international students in the UK. What is the UK's secret that is causing an increase in the number of Indian students studying there? We all recognize the greatness and elegance of this country, but there is something else that sets it apart from other countries.
Well, there are a lot of factors that draw Indian students to the prestigious cities of the United Kingdom to pursue their pedagogy. And we've enumerated the most alluring justifications for why the UK is one of the top choices for Indian students:
Nowadays, students wish to achieve everything in the shortest possible time. Whether it is about getting something they want or completing their education to commence their professional journey, they look for shorter routes. To their advantage, the universities in the United Kingdom provide master's degree courses like MA, MSC, MIM, etc., that gets completed in just one year. This is an enticing factor as students wish to complete their education in the minimum number of years so that they can move forward with their careers.
Complementary health benefits for students
Well, another benefit that persuades Indian students to choose the UK over other countries is the complementary health benefits. Precisely, students who are enrolled in full-time courses in the universities of the United Kingdom are eligible to avail of free health benefits, i.e., medical treatments, from the National Health Service (NHS) organization.
A wide range of scholarships and financial aid
The most worrying factor in planning for overseas education is the financing part. The decreasing value of the Indian rupee in terms of pounds makes the cost of education in the UK very costly. Thankfully, there are huge scholarships available in great numbers for international students. These scholarships finance the education either partly or fully and provide relief to the ongoing financial stress of Indian students.
Exceptional emphasis on practical knowledge.
One of the disadvantages that Indian students face while studying in India is the lack of practical learning opportunities that are available in foreign educational institutions. The universities in the UK emphasize more on learning outside the classroom, i.e. industrial visits, real-case studies, demonstrative projects and experiments. Thus, this factor allures Indian students as they can explore a completely different side of education.
India is a multicultural nation, but in the West, multicultural means the cultures and practices of different nations under one roof. So yes, Indian students can experience a high rate of multicultural experiences from students of different nations, cultures, etc., and can learn a diverse array of things that they can’t learn in India or in any other country.
The abundance of work opportunities
London has the 5th largest urban economy in the world with more than 43 million people employed in different sectors, primarily in the service sector. Moreover, it is also known as the financial hub because of the wide array of work opportunities here. Not just London, the UK has many other cities with such attributes. Hence, the UK has unlimited job prospects, which Indian students find more attractive.
A privilege of a work permit after graduation.
After completing graduation in the United Kingdom, it becomes easier for students to acquire a work permit in the country. And we all know how difficult it is to obtain visas and permits nowadays. So, the majority of students wish to pursue their graduation in this country so as to face no difficulties in getting a work permit.
All of these explanations are verifiably accurate and demonstrate the students' deliberation in choosing the United Kingdom as the base for their aspirations.