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Why European countries like Germany, Italy and France emerging as attractive options for students? Read expert's view

Developed nations such as Canada, Australia and the UK have implemented measures to regulate student intake, raising concerns about impact on education export market

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- May 15th 2024 03:43 PM -- Updated: May 15th 2024 03:52 PM
Why European countries like Germany, Italy and France emerging as attractive options for students? Read expert's view

Why European countries like Germany, Italy and France emerging as attractive options for students? Read expert's view

PTC Web Desk: In today's globalised society, the presence of international students in host countries' educational systems holds profound significance. These students serve as ambassadors of cross-cultural exchange, bringing with them a myriad of perspectives, experiences, and talents. Beyond the classroom, their impact extends to the economic realm, where they contribute significantly to the financial vitality of their host nations. As they pursue their academic endeavours, international students inject billions of dollars into local economies through tuition fee, living expenses, and other expenditures. 

In a candid conversation with Rohit Sethi, Director, ESS Global in Chandigarh, he shared insights into untold economic benefits and challenges faced by international students.


Rohit Sethi said amidst the economic prosperity brought by international students, challenges loomed large. Developed nations such as Canada, Australia and the UK had implemented measures to regulate student intake, raising concerns about the impact on the education export market. He warned that restrictions on international student flow could jeopardise local educational institutions and hinder the growth of small businesses.


With policy uncertainties casting a shadow over international student enrollment, prospective students were now exploring alternative destinations., he added. European countries such as Ireland, Germany, Italy and France were emerging as attractive options, offering affordable tuition fee and favourable pathways to work and settle permanently.

He said in the UK, universities were grappling with declining international enrollments amid policy uncertainties. Proposed changes to graduate visa regulations could deter prospective students, leading to a significant reduction in international post-graduate enrollments. Sethi underscored the importance of creating a supportive environment to retain the competitiveness of UK universities in the global education market.

To address misconceptions and raise awareness of the economic contributions of international students, Sethi advocated for educational initiatives targeting the general public. A recent survey revealed widespread ignorance regarding the economic impact of international students, highlighting the need for comprehensive awareness campaigns.

Sethi advised prospective students to research their options diligently and seek guidance from reputable overseas education consultants. He added that by fostering a welcoming environment for international students, countries could harness the full potential of international education and promote mutual benefit for students and host communities alike.

- PTC NEWS

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