COVID affects students plans to Study Abroad: Report

A survey by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), has found Indian students worrying about their study plans abroad.

British agency that brings out the World University Rankings every year, has seen Indian students giving a second thought to their education choices abroad. With 61% of them deciding to defer their course of study by a year, 8% choosing to study in a different country and another 7% canceling their plans altogether.

According to the segregated data shared by The Indian Express from QS, 49% plan to study at ‘postgraduate-by-coursework’ level (MBA, Master’s and graduate diploma), another 19% at ‘postgraduate-by-research’ level (Master’s and Ph.D.) and 29% want to pursue undergraduate studies abroad.

The remaining plan to pursue English language studies, foundation courses, and vocational education and training.

Several universities are moving their Fall semester entirely online to which students are putting off their decision of studying abroad by a year. 48% were not keen to study online with only 17% responding saying they’re “extremely” or “very” interested.

According to surveys, 82% of students are expecting foreign universities to reduce their tuition fees if they’re expected to study online. 5% students have no issues and 12% are unsure.

24% of respondents want universities to reduce tuition fees by half, 19% want discount up to 40% and 20% want discount up to 30% until they can start attending classes face-to-face.

According to The Ministry of External Affairs, nearly 7,53,000 Indian students are studying abroad making India the 2nd largest source of International Students.