Foreign universities try to tempt UK students

Overseas universities are hoping to snap up UK students left without a university place on A-level results day.

August 10, 2013

While foreign universities are barred from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and therefore clearing, which begins on 15 August – several institutions have extended their application deadline to pick up potential undergraduates left without a place.

HAN University of Applied Sciences, which has campuses in the Dutch cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen, said it extended its application deadline to 25 August  this year to help attract UK students.

“We now have about 10 students from the UK on our International Bachelor programmes and are keen to attract more as we would like our student community to be as international as possible,” said Ton van Osch, student intake officer at HAN.

The University of Winnipeg in Canada said it also hoped to attract students during the clearing seasons.

“Although the University of Winnipeg is new to the UK market, we are seeing an increase in the number of students applying and seeking information about our institution,” said Prem Modha, student recruitment officer at the University of Winnipeg.

“For students who are unsuccessful in gaining a spot at a UK institution, it is good to know that there are no limits or caps on any of our programmes or majors which means there is space for anyone who applies, granted they have the entrance requirements.”

Anna Boyd, from The Student World, which is holding international university fairs in London and Manchester in October, said UK students should consider looking abroad during the clearing season.

“Although the clearing process in the UK is open until the end of September, availability on the popular courses tends to be snapped up in the first few weeks,” she said.

“It leaves those with no university place to either study a degree which might not be right for them or holding out for another 12 months to start their studies.”

Students could apply directly to an unlimited number of universities abroad, she added.

Meanwhile, young people have also been advised to consider other options apart from higher education.

Sarah Clover, communications director of the NotGoingToUni website, which lists opportunities outside higher education, said vocational training schemes and apprenticeships could be a good choice for many people.

 “Schools and colleges focus too much attention on university, leaving many students believing that higher education is their only option,” she said.

However, Julius Weinberg, vice-chancellor of Kingston University, said higher education was still a good bet for most people able to access it.

“The value of a university education can’t be overstated – it is an investment that will pay dividends both academically and personally,” said Professor Weinberg.

Before receiving their A-level results, students should see which universities and courses they might be interested in if they fail to get the grades needed for their initial choices and should programme the Clearing hotline numbers of those universities into their mobile phones, Professor Weinberg advised.

jack.grove@tsleducation.com

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Reader's comments (2)

This is an Excellent Piece and I agree that students will benefit from broadening their horizons in terms of destination for continuing education. I am also sure that some of these students will look away from our shores during the clearing season. Although, let’s be honest – for some - that might be a little bit late for a 2013 admission as the majority of applicants that may result as this stage will be entirely self funding. That might be fine n Europe where the fees are low, and even free in some cases but in the case of Canada in particular , deadlines for any grants , scholarships or other types of awards , will have already passed. Whilst the quality of education combined with cost of living and strength of economy in Canada makes the choice to study there a ‘no brainer’ as the saying goes . The necessary finance is still required. So the truth is, many students need time to prepare for that. That takes time. It is also true that students are not getting the exposure to the choices available in overseas education that perhaps they might get in our countries. I think it is important to raise the awareness tot British students and this is why I am thankful to the existence of the Student World (Mentioned in your article). An event where students and school counsellors can go and find out about study abroad, talk to universities, colleges and most importantly independent and qualified advice professionals, directly. Our feedback from students, parents and school advisers tells us that each one of them is amazed at the diversity and quality of what is available outside of the UK. They had not been told about it before. In my own opinion, the UK has a long way to go before it can match the quality of the international experience provided away from our shores. So clearing or otherwise , our students must get more information about International study. To the Student World and those universities facilitating this, we say thank you. Dan Billington Founder of Study-International Ltd. Member: Career Development Institute
Tel me for those who didn't make to gain spot in UK institutes, what the gov or institutes are planning for them.

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