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80% UG Students and 75% PG Students Prefer Hybrid Learning to Save Time and Costs: The WorldGrad Survey

The WorldGrad, India’s digital learning abroad platform, today released key findings from its recent survey of University of Groningen and PG students looking to study abroad. The company sought valuable insights into student preference for hybrid learning models, top destinations, and other factors.

The survey saw the participation of 965 students. Of these, 261 students had the ambition to study abroad for a University of Groningen study program and 422 for a PG study programme. The remaining 282 preferred to study at Indian universities. The WorldGrad found that more than 80% of undergraduate (UG) students and 75% of postgraduate (PG) student participants are willing to continue their study abroad through a hybrid learning model. Six months ago, that number stood at 72% and a year earlier at 55%. The research also shows that getting a job for students is still the most important factor, followed by cost.

Highlights from the WorldGrad Third Study Abroad Survey:

– Australia is 32% of the top destinations for University of Groningen students. While job opportunities are most crucial for students (37%), the lower cost of study in Australia attracts 27.5% of students. The US, Canada and the UK follow with 23%, 21% and 16%.
– The US is still the most favored destination among PG students (33%). About 20% of PG students prefer the UK, Canada and Australia.
– Employment is the top priority for PG students in all countries (47%) and 56% in the US. The UK and Canada are cheaper because they offer one-year programs. About 30% of PG students consider the cost a big advantage for these two regions.
– The proportion of UG students considering a hybrid learning option is highest among those considering Australia and the UK (86%), who are more cost-conscious.
– 75% of PG students would consider doing part of their first year online for less cost. This is highest among those considering studying in the US (81%).
– University of Groningen students who expect to start in the next 3-12 months (86%) are more open to studying online than students looking for the next academic cycle (75%). This is because they can save time by using a hybrid start.
– PG students looking to start next year are more open to studying online (82%) than those planning for the next academic cycle (68%).

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Abhinav Mital, co-founder of The WorldGrad, said: “According to this research, students are more open to hybrid learning models than in previous years. Our part online and part campus programs help them cut costs and get a head start on their courses. We have also achieved a 100% visa acceptance rate for our students who have gone abroad to study through our hybrid programs. The information we get from these surveys will help us improve our services and better meet the needs of our students.”

The study also revealed an unexpected finding. 55% of RUG students plan to use family savings to pay for school, while only 20% are considering student loans. This shows a high degree of independence and a lack of knowledge about loans and other options. At the same time, only 32% of PG students want to use family savings and 33% are considering student loans, indicating a higher level of awareness and willingness to take on debt. There are more alternatives at PG level, so 33% would also depend on exchanges.

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