UK and India agree on shared qualifications

The Governments of the UK and India now agree on shared qualifications. Earlier this summer the two nations signed 'a landmark agreement' to recognise each other’s academic qualifications.

A joint partnership

The deal was agreed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Boris Johnston. It enables a shared arrangement as part of a wider trade agreement between the two nations. Students studying in India and students with an education from UK will benefit. They can use the qualifications they earn to further their education or career aspirations.

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‘A-levels and their equivalents, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will now be recognised in India. It will allow Indian students who graduate from British universities to apply for postgraduate qualifications, or embark on government careers that require university qualifications, when they return home.’

The UK government anticipates that the agreement: -

‘…will make UK universities even more appealing to Indian applicants and is likely to provide an economic boost, as the benefit to the UK of welcoming non-EU students is estimated by industry to be around £109,000 per person.’

Boost to overseas study for both countries

The agreement will also increase the potential for UK nationals to travel to India to study. Enabling more choice and broadening academic and educational horizons will open the door for institutions to create courses that can be delivered in both countries.

Simplified study and work visas

The UK has been an important destination for students from India who want to study a masters degree and further their life chances.

Since 2019 the Government has made it easier for students from India to gain a study visa, access funding sources and apply for post study graduate roles.

Students from India are the second highest group of students to study a masters level qualification in the UK. In 2020/21 they accounted for 62,860 overseas places.

The UK is investing strongly in its knowledge economy. Agreements such as these will strengthen the UK as a destination of choice for both study and work opportunities.