UK varsities deny drop in applications

A group representing 134 higher education institutions in Britain on Thursday dismissed reports that there had been a 'national drop' in the number of student applications from India, insisting that UK continued to welcome genuine international students.

Responding to reports of a drop of 30 per cent in applications from India, Universities UK said it was too early to say how recent changes to the student visa system had affected international students since the academic year begins in September-October.

A spokesperson said: 'Currently, the impact appears to vary from university to university, with some reporting a drop in applications from India for the coming academic year (2012-13), while others report that applications are holding firm. To date, no figures have been released to show a national drop'.

'We are still in the middle of the applications process for the next year,' he added.
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