UCAS Is Now Allowing UK Students To Apply To European Universities
Students leaving school this summer will benefit from a major shake up by the universities admissions body, Ucas, which will allow UK students to apply to European institutions – no different from they would apply to a university at home.
The reform has sparked fears that the higher education system in the UK will suffer from a “brain drain” as more and more students look overseas, but a spokesperson for Ucas insisted the move is for the good of students: “The inclusion of a wider range of higher education providers in the Ucas system offers students more choice about where and what to study.”
“The higher education environment has changed significantly in the last few years with the intention of giving students more choice.”
An undergraduate in the Netherlands can expect to pay £1,500 a year, compared to £9,000 a year in the UK.
Speaking to the Guardian, Martin Paul, president of Maastricht University, said: “The decision to have higher tuition fees was some sort of wake-up call in the UK where students and their parents began to think what is on the other side of the sea.”
A combination of considerably cheaper fees and excellent teaching quality has lead some to predict that up to 1 in 10 students could be persuaded by Europe in the coming years.
There is now pressure on the government to extend student loans to those who wish to study in the continent.