72 Aspirants who want to study abroad want to choose a hybrid program to save money

A study conducted by Worldgrad on foreign education aspirants shows that the trend of post-covid education is changing.

A recent survey of foreign education aspirants, conducted by The Worldgrad, a technology-enabled foreign education platform, highlights the growing trend regarding the cost of education, playing a decisive role in determining education choices. An equal number of students consider the cost of education and the ranking of the university as the most important factors, including a large overlap between the two groups. As a result, 72 percent of all students surveyed were open to choosing a part of a hybrid route, part-on-campus, to save costs. This ratio is a huge increase from 55 percent just a few months ago. The factor that has played a major role in the above trend is the ongoing epidemic. 66.8 percent of students admitted that the ongoing epidemic wave – Omicron has affected their study plans abroad. In many cases, parents are now reluctant to move abroad because of concerns about their children’s safety. Not surprisingly, the management of Covid-19 by destination countries was the third most important criterion when choosing a country for study.

WorldGrad Study Abroad Survey Highlights: Post Omicron / Corona

  • 72 percent of students (previously 55 percent) chose hybrid-mode (part online-offline degree) to reduce the cost of education without compromising the quality of education.
  • The number of students choosing a hybrid learning method has increased by 20 percent, from 55 percent recorded in the last 8-9 months to 72-75 percent.
  • Omicron has affected 68 percent of students planning to study abroad; Travel, financial, mode of study.
  • Following Covid, the best destinations to study abroad are: USA – 41 percent, Canada – 21 percent, Australia – 18 percent, UK – 16 percent.
  • 58% of students do not have any knowledge or misleading information about the change of post-Covid visa policy.
  • Based on the survey, the United States emerged as the most preferred destination for Indian students (41 percent), followed by Canada (21 percent), Australia (18 percent) and the United Kingdom (16 percent). This indicates a shift in trends for two countries – the United States and Australia, both of which were not favorable to international students during the epidemic.

The survey also revealed an unexpected result – 58 percent of students had a limited understanding of visa guidelines for studying abroad. This inconsistency is caused by a persistent coronavirus that has repeatedly led countries to change their policies.

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