Rates of EU students going to university in the UK decreased by 40% after Brexit, reports say
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has announced that students from EU Member States are making far fewer applications to British higher education institutions in 2020/2021.
According to the statement published by UCAS, 31,670 students from the EU applied in the specified period and 16,025 students were accepted from these students. This is 50% less than before Brexit.
Despite this very significant decline in EU students, UK higher education representatives did not comment. However, it is emphasized that the number of applications made by non-EU students, especially students from the USA, increased by 50 percent.
Kareem Dus, founder of Favisbrook, which helps students obtain visas abroad, explained that the number of US-based students using the service to find suitable study places in the UK has increased by nearly 39 percent since the country formally exited the EU in 2020.
Tuition prices at British universities started at around €11,083 (£9,250) per year (for EU students). EU students, who paid the same fees as British citizens, started to pay much more after brexit.
Some universities charge up to £40,000, which is the equivalent of €47,927. British universities are much more expensive than any European higher tuition fee. Tuition fees for EU students have increased significantly.
Despite this, international students’ demand for British universities is not completely extinguished, as the UK is still one of the best countries for students with high ambitions in their academic careers.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, which includes more than 1,600 universities from 99 states, the University of Oxford in the UK ranks first with an enrollment of 24,515 students.