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Over 70 per cent Indian students aspiring to study abroad prefer hybrid programmes: Survey

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Posted on 09 Feb 2022
13:28 PM
The survey also revealed that 58% of students had a limited understanding of the visa guidelines.

The survey also revealed that 58% of students had a limited understanding of the visa guidelines. Source: Shutterstock

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The survey conducted by The WorldGrad found that 72% of the 4,000 candidates surveyed preferred hybrid programmes as they were cost-effective
US, Canada, Australia and the UK top the list of most preferred education destinations for Indian students

More than 70% of Indian students who aspire to study abroad are willing to opt for hybrid programmes – a combination of online and offline learning – in a bid to save money, a survey conducted by The WorldGrad, a tech-enabled overseas education platform, has revealed.

According to the study involving over 4,000 candidates, 72% of the students surveyed have opted for the hybrid model to cut down on their expenses without compromising with the quality of education. This figure rose from 55% just a few months ago, the survey results highlighted.

Hybrid learning is practical as it is relatively cost-effective and saves time. But according to The WorldGrad, students’ inclination towards hybrid learning was caused by the most recent wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, parents took the final call for these students.

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"About 66.8% of the students have accepted that the ongoing wave of COVID-19 has impacted their overseas study plan. In a lot of cases, parents were uncomfortable with their children moving overseas amid a global pandemic,” a statement from The WorldGrad read.

“Not surprisingly, the handling of COVID-19 by destination countries was the third most important criterion while choosing a country for studies," it added.

The United States of America emerged as the most favoured overseas education location among Indian students with 41% of the votes, followed by Canada with 21%, Australia with 18% and the United Kingdom with 16%.

The survey also revealed that 58% of students had a limited understanding of the visa guidelines and that the pandemic has contributed to this information asymmetry.

Last updated on 09 Feb 2022
13:28 PM
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