Singapore was the latest country to allow resumption of air travel from India, as global travel restrictions began to ease a month ago, just before the new Covid-19 variant Omicron raised its head again.
Students who want to study abroad are eagerly applying to foreign universities while waiting to see how the new precautions for the new strain will look. The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada continue to be the most popular study abroad destinations for Indian students.
While many countries have entirely opened their doors to Indian students, one of the most popular destinations for Indian students, Australia, is still working to find a way, according to recent reports.
As a result, many students interested in studying in Australia relocated to the United Kingdom or Canada, as these countries were quick to approve vaccines and welcome back Indian students following the pandemic-induced lockdowns.
Most students did not want to lose another year and were unwilling to wait for Australia to allow Indian visitors.
When the pandemic ravaged the United States last year, Canada appeared to be handling the health crisis more effectively, and as a result, many students shifted to Canada.
However, students are returning to the United States because the country is now better positioned to deal with the pandemic.
Another reason students choose to study in Canada is the country's much easier immigration opportunities. Canada also has many top-ranked universities that provide high-quality education at a much lower cost than universities in the United States.
The number of Indian students studying abroad is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2024, according to a recent report from consulting firm RedSeer.
According to the report, despite the barriers imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, student interest in studying abroad has remained resilient, driven by easier immigration and better job opportunities.