As uncertainty continues to persist regarding the outcome of Brexit discussions, it has been observed that international students do not seem to be discouraged by the situation as figures released yesterday showed that this year had seen a record number of applications to study in UK universities by international students.
Applications from Chinese students increased significantly while a little increase was recorded in a number of student's applications from European countries. At the moment, applicants from China and Hong Kong represents about a third of the total applications to UK universities by non-European citizens.
Talks Continue over Brexit
The record increase in the number of applications to UK universities is recorded at such a time when discussion surrounding the departure of the UK from the EU continues to linger without definite agreement yet. With approximately seven weeks remaining for the expected separation, worries and agitations fill the air of various sectors in the UK and many other stakeholders alike.
Theresa May, British prime minister, held discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels yesterday but from all indications, the meeting was billed to be unable to get the country the desired breakthrough regarding withdrawal agreements.
A no deal Brexit will affect many ties the UK has with EU countries including Universities. Earlier this week, Universities UK released a warning that UK students will not get funding to study in European Universities in the event of no deal Brexit.
In the midst of this ocean of fears, international students seem to be undeterred by Brexit situations. In the wake of the Brexit news, applications from EU students fell, but it has since seen a gradual recovery.
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