Julia Belgutay

The UK is still ‘an attractive place to study’ – but for how long?

The extent of FE colleges’ activities across the world can be revealed for the first time – with the international market worth more than £50m. But, with Brexit looming, many institutions looking beyond these shores now see storm clouds on the horizon, writes Julia Belgutay

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The status of international students has rarely been so prominent in UK politics.

While at the helm of the Home Office, Theresa May insisted that they should be classed as long-term migrants, and, as such, included in the government target to slash the number of immigrants from hundreds of thousands per year to tens of thousands.

Since moving to 10 Downing Street, the prime minister has stubbornly stuck to her guns – with FE colleges bearing the brunt of public efforts to crack down on so-called bogus colleges and return migration to “sustainable levels”.

In 2016, the number of people from ...

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