Its policies don’t always keep industry stakeholders happy, but the UK is still the second most-popular destination for international students worldwide. Last year, pressure mounted on the government to reintroduce a post-study work visa, but the Migration Advisory Committee thought otherwise. However, in a twist that saw the whole industry celebrate after years of campaigning, more generous regulations for PSW have been announced: a two-year post-study work visa which will “likely” be available to graduates from 2021.
Study permits (for non-EEA students – further clarifications on how the existing regulations will apply to EEA students are expected over the coming months )
Work rights during a course (for non-EEA students, see above)
EU students starting their course in the 2020/21 academic year will still enjoy free tuition in Scotland, and those in England will still have access to ‘home’ fees and financial support for the duration of their course.
Some good news from UCAS and HESA - but growth comes mostly from non-EU countries
For the UK international education industry 2016-17 was not the most exciting year, according to HESA statistics.