Sharp rise in students considering higher education overseas

Higher education
Increasing numbers of higher education students are considering studying overseas, with almost four in 10 saying they might shun UK universities.

Research involving 2,630 respondents found that 37 per cent are considering going abroad to attend university. In the same study a year ago this figure was just 20 per cent.

And while the British Council research found that an interest in travelling and experiencing other cultures were among the reasons cited for going abroad, the hike to as much as £9,000 a year for UK tuition fees was also a common reason. The cost of higher education abroad is generally much lower.

Around a fifth of those thinking about going abroad cited cultural reasons, while 57 per cent said the rise in tuition fees was behind the idea – 30 per cent higher than last year’s study.

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