Indian student numbers in UK up 63%

Indian student numbers in UK up 63%

There has been a 63% year-on-year increase in Indian student numbers in the UK, according to a statement from the British High Commission in New Delhi.

The latest UK Immigration Statistics published this month (28th November 2019) show that over 30,000 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa for the year ending September 2019. This is an increase from almost 19,000 in the previous year.

The 63% increase that the UK has seen has been described as “remarkable” in a statement from the British High Commission in New Delhi given that it is four times as fast as the global rate.

Over the past decade, over 270,000 Indian students have benefitted from the UK’s education system.

During a recent Study UK Fair in New Delhi, a total of 1,400 walk-ins were recorded. The event offers prospective students the opportunity to interact with representatives from over 50 UK universities.

1 in 5 UK visas issued to Indian nationals

It isn’t just education that is attracting Indians to the UK. The latest visa statistics show that the UK is steadily a popular destination for Indian holiday makers.

In September this year, Global Education Times reported that the UK post-study work visa was to be relaunched.

More than 512,000 Indian nationals received visit visas, an increase of 9% when compared to the previous year.

In fact, it is estimated that around 1 in 5 of all UK visas are issued to Indian nationals, with 90% of Indian applications proving successful. This stands above the global average.

Of all Tier 2 visas granted globally, Indian nationals accounted for 51%, with over 56,000 Indians receiving skilled work visas in the reporting period.

Speaking on the significant increase in Indian student numbers and visas in the UK, Barbara Wickham, Director India, British Council, said: “We are delighted to see, year on year, more Indian students choosing and trusting the UK education system. UK education institutions equally benefit form the diversity of talent and culture that Indian students bring to campuses.

“The positive growth in student visa statistics, along with the great collaboration between the Indian and UK higher education sectors, ensures that education continues to be key in the relationship between our two countries.”


Hari Srinivasan - Managing Editor, Global Education Times (GET News)

Hari is the Managing Editor of Global Education Times. Hari has clocked nearly a decade working as a communications professional with a focus on the education sector. He has also had stints in journalism and advertising in a career which has seen him live, study, and work, in three countries.
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