The number of Indian students choosing Wales to pursue higher education has risen for the fourth year running, latest official figures reveal.
The small UK nation, known for its rich heritage and low living costs has seen a 37 per cent increase in the number of students from India enrolling into an undergraduate or postgraduate course at one of Wales’ eight leading universities according to ‘Study in Wales’.
Harish Lokhun, Market Development Manager, from Study in Wales, explained, “The reintroduction of the Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) has presented fruitful opportunities for Indian students to study in Wales, with applications from India continuing to rise across all our universities. The GIR permits students to remain in the UK to look for work and continue to experience life in the UK for two years after completion of their studies and graduation, which is a highly attractive proposition for international students.”
“Regular feedback from the Indian student community in Wales tells us that the cost of living and affordable tuition fee rates, as well the warm welcome they receive from Welsh people, distinct cultural offering and strong employability prospects, collectively position Wales as a desirable destination for study.”
The increase in Indian students choosing to study in Wales has also been driven by the Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship programme, which offers scholarships worth up to £10,000 (approx. INR 9,56,800) to study a full-time masters programme. The scheme is the first scholarship of its kind in Wales and is funded by the Global Wales Programme-a partnership between the Welsh Government, Universities Wales, The British Council and HEFCW.
Harish added, “For Indian students looking to gain a postgraduate degree, the Global Wales Scholarship programme is a huge opportunity, and emphasises Wales’ commitment to helping international students succeed.”
Anisha, one of the students who went there explained, “In India, I had lots of exams and practical lectures-five, or sometimes six, days a week. But here I’m encouraged to have discussions, read and carry out independent research for my assignments which is much more enjoyable.”
Anisha added, “The best thing about Cardiff University is the feeling of warmth the community of students have created here. Studying in Wales is not just about work and attending classes-it’s about embracing a new culture, meeting new people and exploring new places.”
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