i News reports that some of the UK’s top universities have been accused of “betraying” British students as an investigation revealed admissions of non-EU students has risen while intake of domestic students has fallen, despite rising applications.
Many non-EU students – who can pay quadruple the fees of home students – gain course places at some of the UK’s most respected educational institutions despite not holding A-Level qualifications or equivalent.
Instead, many are able to get into universities with six-month foundation courses, described as “very manageable compared to A-levels” by one foreign student, the Sunday Times reported.
Some of the foundation courses are marketed as offering a “guaranteed place” to prospective students and cost up to £23,000.
The number of foreign students has increased by 39 per cent in the last nine years, but numbers of British students had been cut at many universities, despite a 17 per cent increase in applications, the Times reported, citing Higher Education Statistics Agency data from 2008-9 and 2015-16.
Half of the respected Russell Group universities have lowered their intake of British students. With the exception of Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial universities, all non-EU students can reportedly be admitted after sitting a foundation-type course at those institutions.
The University of Manchester increased their intake of non-EU students by 58 per cent and lessened their domestic student admissions by ten per cent.
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