Uncertainty about Brexit might have stopped the rising pattern of UK college students going to a number one Dutch college.
Maastricht College has seen a 6% downturn in UK college students – after successive years of will increase within the wake of tuition charge rises in England.
Leaving the European Union may imply UK college students shedding entry to decrease charges in Dutch universities.
However a Maastricht spokeswoman mentioned the dip in UK college students was non permanent.
She mentioned there was nonetheless a 35% improve over 5 years – and it was nonetheless too quickly after the EU referendum to see any long-term tendencies.
Hundreds of UK college students are in Dutch universities – which have been selling themselves as a top quality and low value various – with Maastricht among the many most distinguished recruiters, with about 380 UK college students enrolling for the present 12 months.
Programs, taught in English, have charges of about £1,500 per 12 months – in contrast with charges which might be rising to £9,250 in England.
However the Maastricht enrolment figures – protecting programs beginning in September and February – present a 6% year-on-year decline in UK college students after 5 years of will increase.
The College of Maastricht spokeswoman, nevertheless, mentioned this was extra of a matter of “wait and see” than a long-term reversal of the pattern for extra UK college students to go for the Netherlands.
And one other Dutch college, the College of Groningen, has reported a rise in its UK college students for September 2016 in contrast with the earlier 12 months.
The Brexit vote additionally might have affected functions within the different path too, with a 7% decline in functions from EU college students for UK universities.
However Maastricht additionally factors to a survey it has commissioned of unbiased college head lecturers within the UK.
This survey, of members of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Convention, suggests curiosity amongst pupils in finding out overseas was persevering with to extend.
It discovered “report ranges” of curiosity, with 89% of heads saying pupils have been “extra drawn to the concept of finding out at an abroad college”.
Half of the heads reported a “important or reasonable” improve in curiosity over the previous 5 years.
Mark Huntington, from the Research in Holland web site, mentioned that the general pattern was nonetheless upwards for UK college students selecting Dutch universities.
And he mentioned the figures may have been sophisticated by various UK-resident younger individuals being entitled to different EU passports and utilizing them when making use of to Dutch universities.
Maastricht College president Prof Martin Paul mentioned the discovering from unbiased college heads that sixth-formers weren’t being delay from contemplating finding out overseas was “reassuring”.
“At a time when political adjustments seem to encourage a extra insular outlook, it’s significantly vital for younger individuals to maintain an open thoughts and a world mindset,” mentioned Prof Paul.
Mike Buchanan, who chairs the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Convention, mentioned sixth-formers have been more likely to preserve seeing the advantages of finding out overseas.
“They and their households know that a global outlook is extra vital than ever in serving to to form their particular person careers and assist Britain to stay an outward wanting nation,” he mentioned.