Survey finds concerns about safety and unfavourable immigration policies are key factors deterring Indian and Nepalese students from overseas destinations

The UK and Canada are catching up with the US as the most attractive study-abroad destinations for prospective Indian students, according to a report.

The study, based on a survey of 2,252 high school students in India and Nepal, found that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of respondents still plan to attend university either within their home country or abroad despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The US remains the most attractive destination for study abroad, but the UK and Canada are “gain[ing] ground”, according to the research published by the IC3 Institute, which trains high schools in career and college counselling and is also a thinktank on global higher education.

Three-quarters (75 per cent) of respondents selected the US as one of their top five destinations for studying abroad, with the UK (67 per cent) and Canada (64 per cent) following in second and third place. Australia was the next most popular destination, but it was chosen by only 41 per cent of students.

Read more : Ellie Bothwell : Times Higher Education : 17 September 2020