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### Latest Data Reveals Decline in Indian Students Enrolling in UK Universities

Students from India and Nigeria are showing a decreased interest in pursuing their undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom, as indicated by recent official statistics. The data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) reveals a 4% drop in applications from Indian students, amounting to 8,770 applications, and a significant 46% decline from Nigerian students, totaling 1,590 applications. This contrasts with the overall trend of a 0.7% increase in international student applications for undergraduate programs.

While there has been a slight uptick in international student applications overall, with notable increases from countries like China, Turkey, and Canada, the decline from key countries like India and Nigeria is concerning. The ongoing review of the Graduate Route visa by the government, led by Rishi Sunak, is believed to be a contributing factor to this decline. This visa allows graduates to stay and work in the UK for up to two years post-graduation.

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), commissioned by the Home Office, is conducting the review of the Graduate Route visa, which is particularly crucial for Indian nationals, who represent a significant portion of students benefiting from this visa category. Additionally, recent restrictions on overseas students, excluding postgraduate research and government-funded scholarship courses, from bringing dependents to the UK have also impacted application numbers.

Dr. Jo Saxton, Chief Executive at UCAS, acknowledged the decline in applications from mature students, particularly in fields like nursing, but emphasized that there are still opportunities available for prospective students. The application deadline extends until June 30, with options to apply directly to Clearing thereafter. The UCAS website offers comprehensive support and guidance to assist students in making informed decisions about their educational futures.