The world has come to a standstill ever since the pandemic hit us. With the world shutting down and schools going online and economies slowing, everyone has suffered immensely throughout the pandemic. However, even after a year and a half of being in the same situation, the pandemic seems far from over.
The vaccinations have provided some relief but still things are a bit shaky. Especially after the various variants proving to be more dangerous than the other ones, apprehensions of the pandemic have been growing.
Throughout the pandemic, we witnessed people losing their family members, losing their jobs and some cases of people being stuck outside their homes. While all of this has affected everyone along with the students staying abroad. Because of the lockdown and the travel restrictions, many of the students were stuck in foreign countries and many also lost their jobs there.
Since many of the Universities went online, staying outside their homes without their families amidst a pandemic further worsened the situation both mentally and physically.
As soon as the lockdown and travel restrictions were imposed, countries across the world started to bring their native citizens back to their homes. India also offered the same to Indians stuck in foreign countries. However, with the growing cases, many countries banned travellers from India to curb the spread of Covid 19. Following this, we witnessed cases where the students chose to drop their admissions.
As per a survey conducted by the British University ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 61 percent of the students had dropped their plans to study abroad. Back in 2019, a total of 10.9 lakh students were willing to study abroad. However, the number decreased to 71,769 until February this year.
Well, given the number of rising cases of Covid 19 and its variants across the world, students willing to study abroad don’t seem to be increasing anytime soon. Owing to the fact that there’s still a lot of people who are yet to be vaccinated and even the parents are also apprehensive of sending their children abroad.
How the tables turn in the near future, we are yet to see that.