HYDERABAD: The volatile political atmosphere in some West Asian and African countries has resulted in a fall in the number of foreign students taking admission to Osmania University and English and Foreign Languages University here.
According to the data available with the University Foreign Relation Office (UFRO) of OU, the university admitted nearly 40 pc less number of foreign students than in the previous academic year. The number is 20 pc less in the case of EFLU.
Political tumult in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria has affected the number of their students coming to the subcontinent for higher education. Both the universities are among the most popular in those countries. Affordable tuition fees, accommodation and quality education make both the universities among the most preferred by foreign students
Every year, nearly 1,500 foreign students take admission to OU. But the number has come down to 1,098 in 2015-16. EFLU, which had admitted 154 students in its under-graduate and post-graduate courses in 2014-15, received around 100 students for 2015-16.
A senior OU official said foreign students were facing difficulties in receiving Indian Visa before the conclusion of admission process. Many of them have requested for late admission but the university closed the process for almost all courses this year, he said.
OU has nearly 4,500 students hailing from 87 countries. A majority of them ha ve come to pursue courses in science and technology. The foreign language courses at EFLU are also popular abroad.