Number of British students studying abroad falls29/11/17Education
A report by the British Council has found the number of British students studying abroad has fallen substantially.
A reluctance to leave family and a lack of foreign language skills have dampened the desire of UK students to study overseas.
Only 18% were interested in some form of overseas study, down from 34% in 2015.
The report by education organisation the British Council said living costs abroad and tuition fees were the biggest turn-off for more than half of those who said they did not want to study abroad. This was followed by difficulty leaving loved ones, being happy in their life in the UK and a lack of confidence in foreign languages.
Brexit was also named as a factor, with students concerned whether they would be accepted into programmes such as the EU’s Erasmus+ scheme following the UK’s exit from the bloc.
Zainab Malik, research director for the British Council’s research service Education Intelligence, said: “Today’s students face a quickly transforming world and have to contend with instability on a number of fronts.
“The UK’s place in an unpredictable global environment remains undefined, the pound sterling remains weak and political and economic shifts have left young people feeling lost and uncertain about their future.”
As well as suggesting new funding, the report also recommended better communication by institutions to explain the benefits or opportunities of studying abroad in more detail.
The United States remains the most popular destination for studying abroad, followed by Canada, Germany and France.