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The UK hosts more Chinese Students than whole of EU

2014 saw an astonishing 58,810 applications from Chinese Undergraduates hoping to start their studies in the UK, in comparison to the 57,190 students from EU countries (not including British students).

Nevertheless, due to the Government’s plans to put a stop to bogus educational establishments posing as ‘visa shops’ by cracking down on student visas, international undergraduates’ are clearly being put off coming to the UK for their studies. Applications from students in India and Pakistan have fallen by around a thousand, not a shocking figure but still a significant decrease.

Because of the high value placed on education in China, many students believe coming to the UK to attend College and University will stand them in good stead for their future careers. With the culture and opportunity to learn English from native speakers, it is unsurprising that the number of undergraduate Chinese students coming to the UK has increased by a staggering 59% since the 2009/10 intake.

Gordon Slaven, Director of Higher Education at the British Council provided a balanced view on the matter, ‘While the UK sector can be pleased that the overall numbers have increased, out competitor countries such as the USA and Australia have shown more significant increases’.

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