British students for British university places.

Posted: March 21, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieHundreds of French students are enrolling in Kent universities to take advantage of the UK’s ‘study now, pay later’ loan system.

Of the 305 French currently studying at the University of Kent, 260 are undergraduates and 45 postgraduates, with 175 of those on the politics course alone.

Across the UK, the number of French students is more than 13,000, enough to fill one university.

Annual loans for tuition fees, approximately £3,200, can be paid back after the course or when graduates earn £15,000 or above – this applies to people from across the EU.

With budget cuts and capped numbers announced this week British students are struggling to get places at our universities, now they face increased competition from the French just across the Channel.

A spokeswoman at the University of Kent said the university has always had international students, with 136 nationalities represented on campus.

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