I am sure that if I asked you what the main benefit international students bring to the UK, you’d mention cash. International students bring in major £££ for our universities but what do you, as a fellow student get from it? Well, a brand new survey asked prospective students what their view was regarding the effects of studying alongside international students and what they found was interesting…
‘The results provide a missing piece of the jigsaw and are overwhelmingly positive. Almost nine-in-ten applicants think studying alongside international students will prepare them for working in a global environment. Today’s school leavers truly are tomorrow’s global citizens.' - Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute
‘An important finding of this research is the extent to which domestic students about to begin their university studies already anticipate benefits of studying alongside students from other countries.’ - Linda Cowan, Managing Director of Kaplan International Colleges
The students of today are well experienced when it comes to studying alongside international students. These quotes, alongside the findings do suggest that a few students are a little apprehensive but most students out there think that international students won’t impede your learning and will, if anything, create a more well-rounded education (hurrah!). Let’s face the facts, some of the top London Universities such as University College London and Imperial College London have on average 37% of overseas students, with a mix of inner and outer EU students. It is safe to say that diversity within university not only provides major economic benefits but also benefits us students and our learning. Let’s face the facts that we can all agree that a varied classroom creates a richer learning space, so the more diversity, the better.