The number of international undergraduate applicants in the UK is expected to increase by 46% or reach 208,500 applicants by 2026, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a UK service covering university applications and admissions. British.
The latest UCAS report named “Where Next – What Influences the Choices International Students Make?” co-authored with the College Board, indicates that international students apply for a targeted group of subjects, are highly independent in research, and half of them follow their parents’ example to pursue an education at the foreigner, reports Erudera College News.
The report also found that student motivation differs by country, with 80% of Nigerian students showing more interest in learning skills that will support them later in their careers and 75% of Indian respondents saying the most important factor of their education is “of better quality” compared to home schooling.
UCAS Chief Executive Clare Marchant said international students have been seeking opportunities despite the COVID-19 outbreak, and UCAS expects the continued growth in the number of students wishing to study in the UK will continue over the next decade.
“To continue to inspire and help international students cross borders, the global higher education community should personalize applicants’ experiences, using relevant and useful information for specific countries to share the exceptional opportunities offered” , said Marchant.
Other findings include:
- Prospects after graduation are more important for individuals to study in the US (57%), Singapore (54%) and the UK (54%); while the experience of life in this country is more important for those wishing to study in Italy (75%) and the Netherlands (72%).
- Students want to be in contact with other students, as open houses (40%) and interaction with current students (39%) are increasingly used by students when doing research.
- Students are five times more likely to say that finding a job in their country of study destination, rather than in their home country, is their main choice.
Furthermore, the UCAS report notes that more than half of international students who were accepted to study in the UK in 2021 came from seven countries. According to the results, two out of nine students were from China.
The College Board pointed out that there was a record number of international students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2021, surpassing pre-pandemic participation levels by 4% to reach 84,000 students.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 88% of students viewed the UK as a positive or very positive study destination, while 77% decided to apply because of the country’s academic reputation.