Good news for international studies who hope to stay in the United Kingdom for work. Last March, the UK government launched a new strategy called the International Education Strategy. This strategy was made to offset the effects of Brexit, which has adverse effects on international students in the UK.
For one, a large number of their international students come from EU members, and being part of the EU students have the privilege of being called ‘home students’even as they study in other countries within the EU, making fees and tuition significantly cheaper. After Brexit, it would be more costly for EU students to study in UK universities and on top of that, the process of application would be notably harder now that they are all considered ‘international students’. Second, funding for research and study abroad programs would drop without subsidies from the EU, like the European Research Development Fund.
To address them, the UK has set their sights for international students in non-EU countries with a primary focus on India and China, the top two non-EU sending countries. The Chinese students alone accounted for 23% of the international student population in the school year 2017-2018.
Their ambitious goal is to increase the number of international students each year by 600,000 by 2030. In this strategy, Master students can work for up to six months while Doctorate graduates can work up to a year. Also, both Masters and Doctorate students can find work and change their permit as early as three months before graduation under these policies.
“As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximize the potential of our best assets. That includes our education offer and the international students this attracts,” says Damian Hinds, Secretary of Education for the UK.
International students are not only a large part of UK universities, but they also have large contributions to the research community as well as their labor force. Hopefully, this new strategy would create more opportunities for students coming from Asia as well as other countries outside of Europe.