As we recently reported here on our blog, the number of international students coming into the USA is continuing to rise year on year, with China showing the fastest rate of growth. This is excellent news for the international education sector, which saw a decline in numbers and interest over the last few years as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. But as students are looking to come into the USA, it seems the number of US students looking to study abroad, and fully enroll themselves in a foreign university are increasing.
The UK is one of the main destinations that US students are looking to, and this has been recently highlighted in a Washington Post article. The population of U.S. undergraduates at United Kingdom schools has spiked 30 percent in five years, to 3,560 in the 2008-09 academic year, the most recent figure available from Britain’s Higher Education Statistics Agency.
One of the driving factors in this new trend to fully enroll yourself in a foreign university is cost. To give you an example as highlighted in the recently article, St. Andrews University costs $19,670 for tuition each year, which when compared to schools in the USA which cost $40,000, $50,000 or even higher, its clear why students are choosing the lower cost option. Funding for US students outside the USA is also available and there are foreign enrolled private students loans that students can take out to cover the cost of their education also.
Another driving factor is the growth in social media such as facebook and twitter. Schools can now quickly and easily reach out to students like they could never do before. This coupled with a drive by many UK schools to attend and be present at many high school college recruitment events has meant students can now find and receive information about schools in the UK like never before.
It seems clear there is a strong desire for US students to look elsewhere, and with all the prestige and age that many UK schools have to offer, it is an attractive package schools such as St Andrews, Oxford and Glasgow University can provide.
For more information on studying in the UK, please visit UK InternationalStudent.com where there is a large amount of information, help and advice for students looking to study in the UK.