Britain Will Allow International Students to Stay an Extra Year

April 02, 2007

Beginning on May 1, Britain will allow graduates from abroad to stay and work in the country for a year after they finish their studies, the government has announced.

Britain is second only to the United States in the number of foreign students it attracts, and international students from outside the European Union, who pay higher tuition rates, are an important source of revenue for British universities. It has been estimated that international students contribute some $8.8-billion a year to the national economy, and Britain is eager to increase its share of the growing international-education market.

Figures released last week by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed an increase of more than 15 percent over the previous year in the number of students from India at British universities. The number of students from China fell by 3.7 percent over the previous year, although the more than 50,000 Chinese students in Britain still constitute the single largest group of foreign students. —Aisha Labi