Colleges to lose students over visa changes.

‘Providers are set to lose a tenth of their overseas students, AoC survey reveals.

English colleges could lose one in 10 students from outside the European Union as a result of changes to visa regulations, new research suggests.

College leaders have warned that the Home Office’s decision to scrap the Tier 4 child visa for young people looking to study in the further education sector could affect as many as 2,000 learners – and cost providers millions of pounds in tuition fees.

A new survey by the Association of Colleges (AoC), shared exclusively with TES, reveals for the first time the likely impact of the Home Office’s move, announced in November, to remove this kind of visa for FE students.’ - TES

‘The real tragedy in all this is that the UK has a world class further education offering that many genuine international students want to join. These students make a significant contribution to college life; their fees help to finance programmes and jobs that benefit the whole college community, they add a global dimension to our home students’ learning experience and they make a major contribution to the cultural richness of the colleges they study in and the communities they serve.

Despite the challenges it is important to note that colleges are resilient, adaptable and hugely committed to their international students and partners. The UK's FE sector is still very much open for business and will continue to value and appreciate the students from around the world who want to study with us. Even if, at times, it appears that our government doesn’t.’ – John Mountford, AoC director of international policy in TES.

 

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