London, UK (PRWEB UK) 15 February 2013
UCAS recently released figures that show a sizeable increase in the number of foreign students applying to study in the UK. The main changes are from applications from China and India, which have increased by almost a fifth.
This is welcome news for both universities and UK immigration ministers, who have been bombarded with bad news due to tuition fee increases, dips in domestic applications, and recent crackdowns on abuse.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper claims that this rise is ‘further proof that the UK remains open to the brightest and the best international students’. He explained that the UK’s ‘world class’ degrees still have considerable drawing power, and that abuse of student visas has been tackled without affecting genuine students.
Global Visas have developed a product to help international students to find an institution and complete their application. They have also noticed an increase in applications, with the majority coming from India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.
A spokesperson for Global Visas explained, ‘Usually we see a large number of applications for Canada towards the end of the year, since their intake year is different. However, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of students – particularly from India and Africa – who want to come to the UK to study.’
He added, ‘The UK has always been one of the most popular destinations for people who wish to gain an internationally-recognised education. It’s good to see that recent policy changes and amendments to visas haven’t affected the appeal of studying in the UK’.