Learning in England after graduating, a dream that turned very pricey to younger French folks

Go out, bachelor in hand, study at the University of Bath, Exeter, Warwick or Nottingham? If this option were to tempt a few thousand young French people each year, in particular those enrolled in high school in international sections, it might prove less and less attractive. The registration conditions for Europeans will change profoundly from this year, due to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU).

Before January 2021, French people benefited from the same tuition fees as British students, i.e. around €10,700 a year for a degree – as well as access to a system of state-guaranteed loans.. In Scotland, they were even exempt from tuition fees, thanks to a scholarship system. Now considered international students, like Americans or Indians, Europeans will have to pay higher amounts, ranging from €17,000 to €35,000 a year for an undergraduate degree.

How cool more than one – at the start of the 2020 school year, there were 5,230 first-year students enrolled at a British university, according to the Bureau for Higher Education Statistics. In late February, figures from UCAS (the British Parcoursup) indicated a 40% drop in European undergraduate student applications for the start of the 2021 academic year (26,000 files, down from 43,000 in 2020).

For Marc McHugo, founder of the Study Experience consultancy, which specializes in supporting young French people abroad:

“It is the small universities that are likely to suffer from this increase. On the other hand, those who aim at universities like Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial or Kings College, and who have the means, will pay the necessary price. It doesn’t matter what might happen. »

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In Bath, 209 fewer requests

The University of Bath has seen a 23% drop in European undergraduate applications for the start of the 2021 academic year. French applications, which are at home “the main source” of European students, followed the trend. “This year, we received 588 applications from students residing in France, compared to 797 in 2020”, regrets Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

To anticipate a drop in enrollment and remain attractive, a number of English universities offer scholarships or advantageous rates for students domiciled in the EU starting a course between September 2021 and September 2022. The University of Kent therefore offers tuition fees 25% lower than of EU students. those awarded to other international students for the entire duration of their program. Brunel University in London and Nottingham Trent University charge European students the same tuition as British students.

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