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28 Oct 2016

Brexit: How does it Affect the Choices of International Students?

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Following the exit of Britain from the European Union, international students who have the option to study in the United Kingdom are opting not to do so, according to reports from an opinion poll. This reaction by the international students sampled may have been prompted by stricter immigration controls and xenophobia that followed the Brexit.

Hobsons, a student recruitment and retention solutions company carried out a survey of 1,014 international students; they discovered that 34% of the 875 student s who are yet to be registered at a University in the UK indicated that they were less likely to do so, because of Britain’s exit from the EU.

An additional 7% of the students said they will not come to the United Kingdom, as a result of the referendum.

When asked the reason why they made such decisions, the most common reasons among the students who indicated they were less likely to study in the UK are, that the UK is now less hospitable to international students, difficulty in securing a visa and low job availability at the end of study.


Some International Students See a Positive Side

However, a small portion of students think that the UK is more hospitable to international students and will most likely study in the UK. The overwhelming majority of this group of respondents is from non-EU countries. About 43% cited that weaker Pound will make a UK degree less expensive.

In his words, the Managing Director of Hobsons EMEA, Mr. Jeremy Cooper said, International students still represent a significant strategic opportunity for UK universities. Market conditions for international student recruitment look set to toughen, and universities need to send a clear message that the UK welcomes international students, as well as providing practical guidance and support.

The respondents were also asked what countries they considered to be more or less welcoming to international students in the wake of Brexit, they posited that Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand were favorable English countries, while France, Germany and Italy were also considered friendly to international students.

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Culled From: Times Higher Education

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