It seems like the recent changes made in students visa is affecting international students, going to UK for higher studies. It is found that UK varsities are suffering a great fall in postgraduate applicants from India.
According to the survey of universities, the number of postgraduate applications from Indian students to UK universities with global reputations has fallen by nearly 30% this year.
The survey was held by 'Times Higher Education', across 18 leading universities which revealed that an average fall of 8% in Indian postgraduate applications, for the academic year 2013-14.
Though the number of Indian candidates reduced, meantime they also saw 6% rise in applications from China.
The fall of Indian postgraduate applications in leading varsities are as follows:
- University of Exeter: down by 26.9% from 1073 to 784.
- University of Edinburgh: down by 27.8% from 1800 to 1300.
- King's College London: down by 15.6% from 1942 to 1640.
- University of Roehampton: down by 41.1% from 265 to 156.
A spokesman for the University of Southampton, where Indian postgraduate applications have dropped by 8.3% said, "The removal of the provision has impacted on a number of countries, India, Pakistan and Nigeria in particular."
Bill Rammell, vice chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire said, "the fact that international applications have held up reinforces the need for all universities not to exaggerate the impact of government policy, but to present a constructive case on the issue. It is also tougher for students to get a visa, with more interviews for applicants to prove their English skills."
Shaun Curtis, director of International Exeter at the University of Exeter said, "I believe that the negative impact of the new visa regime has been limited in scale and scope. Some markets have been affected, most notably the Indian postgraduate taught market. This was largely a result of the way in which the implementation of the new post study work visa has been reported by the Indian press."
However, it seems like students wishing to stay on for work must now qualify through the employment visa route and need the job offer which pays more than £20,000 a year.