The education market was hit hard by COVID-19, leading to several challenges for everyone. However, in 2021, when everything was coming back to life, Indian students opted for study abroad. The number of international students will substantially increase in 2021.
As per officials, Indian students highly prefer studying abroad. The enrolment rate grew sharply from 440,000 in 2016 to 770,000 in 2019. As per the official reports, the number of Indian students opting to study abroad is gradually increasing at a good pace. Moreover, predictions say that by 2024, Indian students studying abroad will total up to 1.8 million.
Changing education trends, Post-Covid:
Following the COVID, the educational sector underwent a number of changes. Most of the Indian students planning to study abroad are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), data analysis, and IT courses. Students are looking forward to getting degrees in pharmacy, health informatics, equipment manufacturing, and much more.
Trend in the international education market:
- Enrolment in South Korea is increasing.
South Korea is among the top countries to accept applications from international students. On the other hand, Australia has seen a drop in the number of international students’ enrolling. The low enrolment rate is due to the border closure.
- Safety concerns of students:
Out of the total, 85% of the students have safety concerns when moving to any country to study abroad. However, 15% of students, on the other hand, are not safety conscious.
- Career Path: A Big Focus:
Students have become conscious of the courses they should choose. They evaluate how their degree will replace them in the workforce. As per the reports, students from Southeast Asia and South Asia are more concerned about their graduate career prospects. Since 2020, there has been an increase of 26%.
- Mental health is an issue of concern.
The mental health of students is linked to multiple factors, one of which is safety concern. After COVID, students became more concerned about their mental health.
- Student’s view on online and offline modes of instruction:
Reportedly, 43% of students prefer the blended learning method, wherein they wish to take classes in both offline and online modes. In a recent survey, the flexibility of course has equal importance for students.
- Peer-to-peer interaction:
In a survey, 39% of prospective students cited stories of studying abroad as a factor in deciding where to study. Students make their decision after hearing the stories of other students.