Last week The Guardian addressed the issue of the growing number of British undergraduate and postgraduates who are choosing to study overseas. They cite a recent survey by the British Council which has found that over a third of students are now considering a move abroad for the purposes of education. The full article can be read here.
Whilst not being the most watertight and conclusive of reports (37% ‘considering’ – what does that actually mean?) it does definitely raise legitimate questions about how the rise in tuition fees has, and will, affect our students’ destinations. With the EUNICAS website now identifying over 800 higher education courses in European universities that are taught in English (and, of course, there are a great many more realistic options for our multilingual students) it is no wonder that a significant percentage are now ‘considering’ non-UK based options, many of which will be significantly cheaper or even free.
Another very real issue for us is the fact that so many students who were surveyed for the article cite a lack of information about these overseas opportunities as being one of the biggest barriers to them actually going ahead and doing it. It will be interesting to see how this may change as time goes on.