US and UK have always been considered as the most preferred destinations for
the Indian students. But a report from Higher Education Statistics Agency
(HESA), UK reveals that there is a decrease in the number of Indian students in
recent years. In last few years there is a considerable decline in the number
of students going to these countries for higher education because of drastic
political changes which led to a fear that it would impact their career
According to the experts, the problem of
obtaining the visa is seen as one of the biggest reasons for the decline in the
number of Indian students in getting admissions in universities of UK.
as the US is concerned, the government led by the current US president, Donald
Trump will adversely affect the situation. Though Indian students comprise 25 percent
of international students in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM),
there is a considerable decline in the enrolment of Indian students up to 13,150
in 2015-16 when compared to the number of students enrolled in 2010-11.
According to a renowned US-based research firm, it’s a challenging
situation for British universities, as China and India comprise of one-third of
international students in the UK. Furthermore, Ireland is one of the emerging
destinations for the Indian students because of its academic friendly
environment. It is also speculated that the demonetization policy in India and
the stricter immigration policies in the US, will contribute to the decline in
the number of Indian students in the coming years.