The United Kingdom (UK) continues to remain as one of the favourite destinations for Indian students. A total of 63% increase in Indian students going to the UK for higher studies. This increase is almost four times as fast as the global rate.
According to the UK Immigration Statistics, over 30,000 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa for the year ending September 2019 - up from almost 19,000 the previous year. Over 2,70,000 Indian students have benefited from the UK's world-leading education in the last decade.
Sir Dominic Asquith, High Commissioner to India, said, "I'm delighted to see that once again the statistics show that more Indians are choosing to study at the UK's world-class educational institutions. This is now the third consecutive year in which the numbers have increased. It is important to us, because these young leaders of tomorrow will reinforce the living bridge that connects India and the UK."
Barbara Wickham, Director India, British Council, said, "We are delighted to see, year on year, more Indian students choosing and trusting the UK education system. UK education institutions equally benefit from the diversity of talent and culture that Indian students bring to campuses. The positive growth in student visa statistics, along with the great collaboration between the Indian and UK higher education sectors, ensures that education continues to be key in the relationship between our two countries."
The UK visa statistics also display that the UK is a popular holiday destination for Indians. There is a 9% increase for Indian nationals in visit visas. Indian nationals also accounted for nearly 51% of all Tier 2 visas granted globally.