UK the fourth most expensive country to study in for English students in 2012/13
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:42

The UK is the fourth most expensive country for English university students to study in, according to a recent report by HSBC which looks into further education costs around the world.

The research found that, for English students, the UK falls only marginally behind Australia, USA and Canada in expense despite the additional cost of flights to these countries. Germany is the least expensive country, with one year of student living in the UK almost four times (3.7) higher than the cost of a year there. The costs of studying in the Netherlands, including fees and living expenses, is more than half that of studying in the UK

The average cost of tuition, living and accommodation for English students in the UK is £15,586 for this academic year (2012-13). The UK has drawn almost level with Canada in third place, as the introduction of the raised cap on tuition fees has seen its education costs rise 56%.. Canada's average combined cost this year including flights is £15,671 - less than £100 higher than the UK total, despite two return flights a year to Canada from the UK costing around £1,200.

James Yerkess, HSBC Head of FX, said: "Our UK-based International Banking Centre has been increasingly dealing with requests for assistance from parents whose children are heading overseas to study."While many people have focussed on English speaking destinations, our research shows that these are among the most expensive places for English students to study.With studying costs in Europe falling, the continent should be given serious consideration. Many universities offer courses taught in English, and the benefits of speaking another language may add to students' employability after graduation.”

Germany is the least expensive student destination for English students; with education over the past three years costing just £12,893. At current prices funding an entire degree in Germany costs less than a single year in a British university for English students. Germany also has the lowest living costs and has seen the biggest fall in overall cost this year of 5.47% thanks to favourable exchange rates and low inflation

Other European countries have experienced similar decreases, due to a fall of more than 7% in the value of the Euro, Danish Krone and Finnish Markka against the pound. The cost of studying in Denmark fell by 5.04% for English students in the past year.

Australia is the most expensive study destination. As well as the cost of flights for English students, exchange rates have added to costs here, with a 7% rise in the value of the Australian dollar against the pound.Students in Australia also have the most expensive living costs, which, at £8,201 in 2012-13 are almost £2,000 higher than any other destination giving Australia a total cost of £19,986.

Most Expensive Study Destinations for a Three Year Degree [ Costs 2012-13]

Australia £19,986.31

USA £19,609.97

Canada £15,670.79

UK £15,586.95

Netherlands £7,015.74

Sweden £6,938.50

Denmark £6,859.14

Norway £6,079.35

Finland £5,766.03

France £5,314.19

Germany £4,210.30

However, US costs rival those in Australia, with this year's total at £19,610. Inflation in tuition fees is around 8% as a result of US cuts to state budgets creating restrictions on study fee subsidies.

In addition university courses are typically 4 years in the US, meaning students undertake an extra year of expenditure, further increasing the cost of studying stateside

Med & Vet Programmes Still Enrolling Across Europe
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:42

Medicine and Vet Science continue to rank amongst the most popular selections of students registering with EUNiCAS, as increasing numbers of UK and Irish students seek alternative routes to careers as Doctors, Dentists or Vets.

Though the deadlines for some of the attractive Medicine degree programmes in Western Europe, taught through English [in Italy, Malta and the Netherlands] have now closed, there are still some excellent alternatives available.

EUNiCAS has been receiving excellent reports on some of the med schools in Poland. See them all here The top-ranked med schools in Poland are still taking applications: the deadline for applying to Jagiellonian, in Cracow is 9th May, for Warsaw Medical University, it is 4th May, for Poznan Medical University it is 28 June and for the Medical University of Lodz, you can apply up until 15th July. Of course, all the programmes are recognised by the Medical Council and, in many of the Polish med schools, you can sit exams for a US Licence.

Note that some Polish schools offer 4-year Graduate Programmes for Life Sciences graduates.

There are also good schools in the
Czech Republic and Hungary and some attractive options in Slovakia, all of which are still open for applications.

Above: Jagiellonian University, Cracow. It's med school is the top-ranked in Poland

Most of these universities have their own entrance tests. You need to travel to the university to sit the tests for some of these programmes though the Hungarian universities have tests coming up next month, in both the UK and Ireland. The Medical School at PJSU, in Slovakia, has its entrance tests in London and Dublin on 27th and 28th April.

Vet schools, too, are attracting increasing numbers of Irish and UK students: there are currently several hundred British and Irish studying the subject in Central Europe. Both Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Szent Istvan University, Budapest, have exams upcoming in the near future, in the UK and Ireland, but you need to apply soon.

EUNiCAS can assist students in applying to these programmes

Dutch Universities Report Continues Increase in Enrolments by UK Students
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:42

Dutch Universities are experiencing significant growth in registrations from UK students. In figures released recently in the Dutch Transfer magazine , it is shown that, in 2012, there were 971 UK students registered in the Dutch Research Universities, an overall increase of nearly 80% on 2011 figures. This figure doesn’t include the increasing numbers of UK students registering in the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences.

The highest increases were in VU Amsterdam [129%], University of Leiden [91%], University of Maastricht [91%] and University of Groningen [82%]. The highest numbers of UK students are currently registered in University of Maastricht [298], University of Amsterdam [150], University of Leiden [134], University of Utrecht [105] and University of Groningen [80]

Both the Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences are reporting a continuing trend of increasing applications from UK students for 2013 with many also reporting a significant increase in the numbers of students applying from Ireland this year.

Particularly attractive to UK and Irish students, at undergraduate level, are the Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes, as well as Economics, International Business and International Law and, amongst Irish students, the Physiotherapy programmes.

UK University Applications Drop Again
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:42

BBC News; 03 January 2013

University applications from UK students are down for the second year running, official figures show.UCAS admissions data from mid-December show applications from English students at their lowest since 2009. The trebling of maximum tuition fees saw a drop in applications for autumn 2012 but university leaders hoped demand would recover in 2013.A UCAS spokesman said it was too early to say whether overall applications would be down. The general deadline for applying to start university in autumn 2013 is 15 January, although people may apply later.

These interim figures were collated by UCAS on 17 December, by which time some 265,730 people living in the UK had applied to start degree courses this autumn, down 6.3% on the same point in 2012. Among students living in England, applications were down 6.5% on 2012 at 229,932. 

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of university group Million+ said: "The worrying trend of falling university applications continues, according to the most recent statistics published by UCAS."We urge the government to step in with a national campaign to promote the value of university for potential students currently considering their options, whether they are about to leave school or considering a university course later in life."


Application Deadline Looms For Some Attractive Programmes in Dutch Universites
Written on Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:42

The Application Deadline is fast approaching for some attractive Bachelor programmes in the Netherlands, in some of Europe's leading Universities, in particular in excellent Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes and highly thought of Physiotherapy programmes.

01 February is the application deadline for Liberal Arts & Sciences at Utrecht University [University College Utrecht], University of Amsterdam [Amsterdam University College] and Leiden University [ Leiden University College]. Deadlines are later for other Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes at Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University.

The deadline for applying to Physiotherapy in Saxion University of Applied Sciences is also 01 February, whereas Physio at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences closes on 15 February.

Two Dutch programmes in Medicine, at University of Groningen and Maastricht University, close on 01 March and 01 February respectively

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