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How will travel restrictions affect Indian students at UK universities?

Since 4am this morning, India has been on the UK’s red list of countries from which most travellers are banned due to soaring cases of coronavirus. It is the 40th country to be added, joining nations including Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan and South Africa, some of which have been on the list for months.

The particular significance to universities of India’s addition is that it is the second-largest sending country to the UK after China, and numbers are growing fast. The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the total number of students from India more than doubled from 27,505 in 2018-19 to 55,465 in 2019-20, after a 42 per cent rise the previous year. Ucas data published in February showed that this year’s applications to UK universities from India were up by 25 per cent.

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