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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.”

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“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.

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