Data released today by the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) has today revealed that Brexit isn’t putting international students off applying to universities in the UK.
The figures show that 43,500 EU students applied for places as undergraduates, a 3% rise from the same point in 2017 and the second highest number recorded, reversing last year’s sharp fall that was felt in the aftermath of Brexit.
Fears that Brexit could harm applications from outside the EU were also allayed, with the number of applications from China rising by 20%, or more than 2,000 students, and the number of applicants from India rising by 36%, or 1,180 students. There was even a surge in the number of applicants from Mexico with a 52% increase, or 190 students.
Prof Seán Hand, University of Warwick’s deputy pro-vice-chancellor for Europe, said applications from EU students had risen by 10%. “Paradoxically, Brexit has focused people’s attention on the strength of British universities,” said Hand, who noted that Warwick was continuing to hold talks with EU universities over closer partnerships.
Prof Anthony Smith, UCL’s vice-provost for education and student affairs, said he was delighted by the figures, which included an 11% rise in domestic applications.
“This year’s applications reaffirm our status as a global university with one of the biggest multinational student bodies in the UK,” he said. “They show that students from the EU and further abroad continue to want a first-class UK higher education, which bodes well for the future post-Brexit.”
This data brings a positive light into the academic community, who have expressed concern about Brexit and it seems that the reputation of British Universities may stay in tact despite Brexit.