Learning in England after commencement, a dream that has turn out to be very expensive to younger French folks

Going out, BA in hand, studying at the University of Bath, Exeter, Warwick or Nottingham? If this option attracted a few thousand young French people each year, particularly those enrolled in high school in international sections, it could prove less and less attractive. Registration conditions for Europeans will change profoundly from this year onwards, due to the UK leaving 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.πŸ‡§πŸ‡· In Scotland, they were even tuition-free thanks to a scholarship system. Now considered international students, like Americans or Indians, Europeans will have to pay higher amounts, which vary between 17,000 and 35,000 euros per year for a degree.

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

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

β€œIt is the small universities that must suffer from this increase. On the other hand, those who aim at universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial or Kings College, and are able to afford it, will pay the necessary price. It doesn’t matter what happens. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

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In Bath, less 209 applications

The University of Bath has seen a 23% drop in European undergraduate applications for the start of the 2021 academic year. “the main source” of European students, followed the trend. β€œThis year, we received 588 applications from students residing in France, against 797 in 2020”, laments Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate AdmissionsπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

To anticipate a drop in enrollments and maintain attractiveness, several English universities offer scholarships or advantageous fees to students domiciled in the EU, who start a course between September 2021 and September 2022. The University of Kent thus offers EU students 25 tuition fees % lower than those awarded to other foreign students, for the entire duration of your program. Brunel University in London and Nottingham Trent University charge European students the same tuition fees as British students.

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