The Covid-19 pandemic has forced students to rethink their plans to study abroad, according to an ongoing survey by the UK agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
According to the survey, 61 percent of respondents worldwide said the pandemic had affected their plans to study abroad.
According to the data on Indian students shared with the Indian Express61 percent of Indian students are likely to postpone their course for a year while 8 percent of students are likely to choose another country for their course. According to the QS survey, 7 percent of Indian students cancel their plans to study abroad altogether.
Student attitudes and willingness to study abroad have changed over the course of the pandemic. “Over the course of the survey, we can see that the proportion of students who want and expect to begin their studies abroad in 2020 is gradually decreasing as the numbers for 2021 are increasing,” the report said.
In India, 49 percent of students are planning a postgraduate level (MBA, Masters, and Diploma), while 19 percent choose postgraduate studies (Masters and PhD). For a basic course abroad, the figure was 29 percent.
Many universities abroad are relocating their classes online amid the pandemic. This was also a factor for students in terms of their curriculum.
Globally, in August 36 percent of respondents said they are not interested in continuing their course online, compared to 48 percent in India.
79 percent of students around the world felt that tuition fees should be discounted when classes go online. In India, 82 percent of students expected overseas universities to lower their tuition fees.
“When it comes to what measures universities should implement, potential international students are less interested in online courses and more in universities that give lectures in larger rooms to minimize contact,” the report said.
On August 11, the survey received over 66,000 responses from potential international students from 198 nationalities and territories, of which 11,310 are Indian.