Foreign students feel UK is “not welcoming”, as per the survey

By Anusha

Foreign students feel UK is “not welcoming”


According to a survey, majority of the international students which includes students from India, Nigeria and Pakistan feel that UK is not so welcoming and they are most likely to advice their friends or family not to choose the country for pursuing studies.

Over 50 per cent of the foreign students felt that the Government of UK was either "not welcoming" or "not welcoming at all towards overseas students", when the study of attitudes of 3,100 overseas students was conducted by the National Union of Students.

The results of the survey were as follows: Ph D students are most likely to feel unwelcome (65.8 per cent), students from Japan (64.5 per cent), Nigeria (62.8 per cent) and India (62 per cent) are the next most likely to say that they were subjected to hostile treatment.

The Independent reported that Indian, Nigerian and Pakistani students are most likely to advise their friends not to study in UK.

The reason for them to be upset about things were that about 40 per cent felt it was to do with the moves to get landlords to check on their legal status. 74 per cent said introducing a National Health Service levy would either make it impossible or more difficult to study in the country, as per the survey.

However, a report in the daily said that the student leaders assert the figures are "extremely worrying", as over £7.9 billion a year is contributed by international students, which adds to the UK economy.

Figures show a decrease in recruits last year from 239,000 to 197,000, while latest statistics of Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) indicate they are rising again in 2014.

Daniel Stevens, the NUS' international students' officer, was quoted as saying by the daily as, "Many international students feel unwelcome in the UK as a result of the government's hostile policies."

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