Indian students aspiring to study abroad consider the quality of teaching, cost of living, scholarships, safety and available job opportunities. Indian students focus 74% on the living costs, 60% on getting a job and 60% on the availability of scholarships.
Indian students also expect the universities to provide information on placements and industry links, qualifications and experience of teaching staff along with facilitating connections with existing international students.
Institutions tailor their recruitment strategies by providing insights into the concerns, needs and priorities of prospective students according to the International Student Survey 2022. Responses from over 1,10,000 prospective international students from 194 countries across the globe show that over 63,000 students are interested in studying in the UK.
UK universities adopt a tailored approach to recruit students to sustain the success of the country’s International Education Strategy. Prospective students from China and Saudi Arabia cited that safety was their biggest concern with regard to education abroad.
However, candidates from India, Vietnam and Nigeria highlighted the cost of living as their top concern. Students from India, China and Saudi Arabia also highlight high-quality teaching as one of their most important priorities. Candidates from Nigeria and Vietnam prioritize a welcoming study destination and offer of scholarship respectively.
Nearly 16% of the aspirants would like to stay back after the completion of their course for three to six years while 13% expressed the intention of permanently staying in the country of study. UK universities are focusing on recognizing and addressing the barriers of international students ranging from travel restrictions to delays in visa processes.