Vastavam web: A significant cohort of students from India have managed to travel to the UK despite COVID-19 restrictions to take up courses across universities and are adjusting to the blended learning approach of a mix of online and in-person teaching, according to an analysis of the first few weeks of the new academic term. Universities UK, which represents 139 universities across Britain, said the latest data and insights from universities indicate that a higher number of international students have been placed at UK universities than was initially expected.
My journey to the UK was extremely smooth. I had no trouble at all getting through my CAS [college admissions service], visa application process and accommodation booking, said Rohan, an Indian student who returned to the campus recently to continue his course at Birmingham City University. I felt safe throughout my journey to the UK, with social distancing guidelines being followed, and the immigration process was quick and straightforward upon arrival in London, he said.
A near equal number of students, however, seem unsatisfied and hope that the teaching process will be improved as further adjustments are made. Few to none of the respondents have faced trouble during self-isolation as those that had decided to enter the UK, had been well equipped with knowledge and guidance, said Vignesh Karthik, NISAU-UK’s head of thought leadership.
All respondents almost unanimously agree that a reduction in fees will allow for a better experience on the whole, he said, in reference to a demand that has found echoes widely across the student community in the UK amid the coronavirus lockdown.