Why universities should be supported in attracting students from abroad

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Welcoming foreign students to the UK is very important to our Higher Education sector

There are lots of benefits for our Higher Education sector encouraging foreign students to come to the UK to study, from globalisation to supporting local businesses. Opening our university doors and welcoming the learners of a multitude of different countries and cultures makes sense financially and academically.

What are the benefits to universities?

International students contribute significantly to the revenue of universities through tuition fees, student accommodation and general on-campus spending. However, the benefits they bring go beyond financial; they include cross-cultural learning and socialising, trade alliances and the foundations of long-term business relationships. International students are usually particularly hardworking and achieve excellent results, boosting their university’s statistics.

What are the benefits to students?

Both international and UK students benefit from living and studying alongside those with different cultural backgrounds. They foster a global outlook and work well together, a skill they take beyond university and into the workplace.

What are the benefits to local areas?      

University towns thrive on the cash spent by students. Food, taxis, supplies, and rent make up a large part of the expenditure and there is no doubt that many international students come to the UK with plenty of money to spend. Without these international students, inward investment would shrink, and many local businesses would fail.

Globalisation

Defined as the process by which the world is becoming increasingly interconnected as a result of massively increased trade and cultural exchange, globalisation enables UK students to learn and live side by side with students from around the world. The understanding and acceptance of each other’s cultures is the foundation of life-long alliances that will break down barriers, benefit trade and enable companies to embrace the possibilities of the global marketplace.

The international student immigration argument

Prime Minister Theresa May, remains adamant that overseas students are counted as migrants in official immigration statistics which, it is feared, may be putting students off from applying to study at UK Higher Education institutions, alongside recent changes to Tier 4 and short-term student visa application rules (effective from 11th January 2018). Statistics show that very few students overstay their welcome beyond their visa expiry date , and the uncertainty around Brexit has already seen a reduction in applications from EU students to come to the UK to study.

Welcoming foreign students to the UK is very important to our Higher Education sector and Consularcare is able to assist establishments with visa issues and consular assistance if an issue arises. If you wish to find out more, please get in touch.