Record number of British students opting to study in US

The Independent is reporting new figures showing that record numbers of UK students are choosing to take up places at US universities…

Figures released today show an 8 per cent rise in the number of Britons opting to study in the US in 2013/14 – the largest year-on-year rise for more than a decade – bringing the total to 10,191.

The increase is even more marked among undergraduates – 11 per cent up on the previous year, pushing the total to 5,000 for the first time ever. Over the past decade, US universities have seen a 21 per cent increase in the number of UK students.

The reasons for the rise are complex, but it is mainly down to the cost of studying at US universities no longer appearing prohibitive compared to the UK – in fact, for many students it can be cheaper.

The students concerned all applied to their universities in 2012, the first year that fees in the UK rose to up to £9,000 a year. At Harvard, however, all students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year earn free passage.

Many other US institutions, like the University of Connecticut, also offer scholarships to outstanding sportsmen and women. The university pays for their fares, including flights back to the UK, finds them accommodation and offers a clothing allowance.

Academics also say that today’s potential graduates realise they are living in a global world and a degree from a foreign university will add to their CVs, making them more employable…

One of the country’s top performing state schools, Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, appointed a student counsellor with the sole aim of helping pupils to apply to universities overseas…

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These numbers are still relatively small overall, but clearly there is a significant increase. Anyone had students who have gone off to university in the US? If so, how has it worked out for them and do they end up having lots of unexpected costs and expenses or is it really competitive with UK options? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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