As Number of Indian Students in UK Plummets, an Indian Student at Wittenborg Explains Why he Chose Holland
However, it might also have something to do with tougher visa regulations in the UK encouraging Indian students – for whom the UK has traditionally been one of the most popular study destinations in the world – to seek solace elsewhere in Europe. The number of Indian students arriving at UK universities has halved from 39 090 in 2010-11 to 19 750 in 2013-14 the Financial Times reported last month.
IBA student Prince says he plans to make use of Holland’s so-called ‘’zoekjaar’’, which allows international students 12 months to look for a job after graduation. Graduates are also granted lower wage requirements in order to qualify for a work permit. As an Information Management graduate there will be many opportunities in the Netherlands, as ICT technically 'savvy' graduates are hot sought after by companies in Holland.
In contrast, the Home Office in Britain abolished the post-study work visa for international students 3 years ago which allowed all non-EU students 2 years to look for a job after graduation. Under the current system students have only 4 months to find employment that adheres to minimum salary requirements.
Prince, who transferred from Saxion University of Applied Science to Wittenborg last year, said he applied to several Dutch universities and Wittenborg responded “quicker than any of the others”. “That definitely impressed me.”
by Anesca Smith
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