British Students Urged to Go Abroad to Improve Education

While many students choose to study abroad to learn about new places, meet new people, and live through more experiences, some students are now being advised to study abroad by their own universities. Between increases in tuition costs and decreases in student acceptance, a British school is advising its students to study abroad in order to alleviate some of the challenges associated within their school. According to The New York Times, Hockerill Anglo-European College in Britain is doing just that.

The school, which is considered one of the most successful schools in Britain and one of the government’s flagship academies, has its students regularly coming at or near the top of the highest exam results in the entire country, the articles states. It even beat out other top universities, such as Eton and Harrow, where tuition fees and costs can exceed $45,000 a year. But Hockerill charges no tuition fees and is not allowed to select students on their academic ability. Rather, they are chosen and accepted into the school based on their need, and not their ability to pay for courses. So when the principle, Scott Dennis, caught wind of the government imposing a plan to triple the school’s fees, he hired academic counselors to meet with students to explore their options and apply to cheaper schools outside of the country.

The students at Hockerill are offered a choice of seven foreign languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Mandarin, with history and geography classes taught solely in French and German. But as English continues to grow and become an international language in education, even those students who are less flexible when it comes to languages are seeing that studying abroad will save them money while still improving the quality of their education.  In the Netherlands, Maastricht University offers it’s students a highly viewed program taught in English for a fraction of the price, with tuition costs in Germany and France being even less.

One student that left Britain to attend his first year at Maastricht University, Gus Botsford, spoke about how he had no regrets of leaving and choosing to study abroad. He said he enjoyed the international atmosphere of the university and liked the fact that he was able to have more contact with his instructors and faculty and had the chance to study a broader curriculum.  With reports being issued that state that this increase in tuition is the largest single increase so far, other British universities may feel the need to do the same for their students. The shortage of spots in universities alone has already promoted a record number of individuals to look elsewhere and relocate out of the country to study.

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