NUS Calls For International Students to be Taken Out of Net Migration Figures

The NUS has called for international students to be removed from net migration figures in order to reverse the decline in applicants from the EU. New figures released this week show that there has been a 7% decline in EU students applying to study at UK universities.

In a statement released on the NUS website, Sorana Vieru, the NUS VP for Higher Education said:

"The 7 per cent decline in applications of students from the EU after the referendum result should be seen as a warning that studying in the UK is a considerably less attractive option than it was 12 months ago. It is unacceptable for Theresa May to use EU students as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. To help reverse this worrying decline, she must take international students out of net migration figures."

International students pay higher fees to UK universities than UK students do and there are strict rules in place which prevent many from staying in the country after they finish their studies.  

Although overall applications were down (by 5%), the number undergraduate applications were up.  The biggest hit was to nursing applications which saw a 23% drop in applications, which the NUS blamed on the government removing bursaries.

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