The BBC is reporting that recent figures have shown there has been a drop in the number of EU applications for the most competitive UK university courses.
The deadline for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and Oxbridge passed on October 15 with EU applications down 9%, says admissions body Ucas. The figures follow warnings that European student numbers could crash in the wake of June’s Brexit vote.
A government guarantee on EU student funding came on 11 October – four days before the application deadline.
Applications from EU students for these very selective courses were down 620 on last year at 6,240 – ending a recent trend for annual increases.
European students currently pay the same fees and have the same access to loans as UK students – but the vote to leave the EU left those considering courses starting in 2017 and 2018 unsure whether this would hold for the full duration of their courses.
The government’s announcement may have come too close to the deadline to reassure them, university leaders suggest.
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