As more than 200,000 Indian students enrolled in American universities in 2019, many of them were hoping that their degrees at a foreign university would be a springboard for their career aspirations or help them eventually move abroad. But what happens to dreams like this in the time of Covid-19?

For now, many students face the prospect of doing their courses online – at the same price. “It feels bad to pay so much in fees and then do my programme online,” said Ritika (name changed), who is pursuing a Master of Science degree at a university in California. To Ritika, online education is like getting the “Kindle” experience instead of the real book.

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