Students opting for studying abroad both in the graduate and post graduate courses have always considered UK to be their prime destination. As UK has always been a prime destination for Indian students since time immemorial, students have always sweared by its name when it comes to studying abroad. Another reason being the decisive factor is also the presence of some fabled quality institutions that provide world class education and research prospects for the students. In short, students opting to study in UK have always found themselves to be in a win-win situation.
Unfortunately in the recent years, the sustained growth rate in the flow of Indian students to UK has substantially decreased. The prime reason being this has been cited as the phenomenal rise in tuition fees in the institutes of UK. The fall of Indian student influx in UK has helped other nations like France and Germany to cash in the opportunity.
A recent trend has been observed where an increased number of students have been preferring other European nations like France and Germany as their more favoured destination rather than UK. Both the nations are proving to be lucrative for the Indian students owing to their cost efficient courses that are as beneficial as those offered by the institutes in UK.
These nations are also providing students with better job opportunities on the completion of their courses. Moreover, students are getting better opportunities to work as part timers in the country while they are studying as students. Hence factors like these are easily luring away the Indian students to these nations for ensuring brighter careers in their lives.
That is the result? France and Germany have witnessed a 25% hike in the number of Indian students touching their soil for further studies. The schemes scheduled by the respective governments have laid a red carpet for the incoming students for further prospects. France for example, has launched a five year circulation visa for Indian graduates from French Universities for business and tourism aspirations in the Schengen region.
Campus France is an initiative of the French government just to attract international students to various education courses in France for higher education and research. Caroline Gueny-Mentre the attaché for university and scientific co-operation from Campus France says, “We are expecting the visa to be beneficial to students studying in France. It will not only help the students to maintain their networks built during their academic course but it will really prove to be an advantage in their professional lives.”
Germany on the other hand is offering extended working periods for Indian students working during their study period in the country. Moreover, more relaxed visa norms are assisting an enhanced influx of Indian students.
For fresh graduates, France is offering a stay of six months for finding job opportunities in the nation. Once employed, work permits for prolonged periods are easily available with least complexities.
The British institutes though still rule the charts based on the sheer number of Indian students studying on their soil but the graph is steadily and surely taking a nosedive. The day is not too far when nations like France and Germany will overtake UK in the competitions of receiving the most number of Indian students for education on their soil.