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Overseas Students Will Be Allowed to Stay in the UK For Two Years

Following Graduation Thanks to Recent Policy Change

<p><em>The new policy will allow foreign students to live and work in the UK for up to two years after graduating</em></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>London, UK / 19 February 2020</strong></p> <p><br />A new policy change that came into action in September of 2019 is set to drastically change the rules regarding foreign students living and working in the UK after graduation. Until the policy change came into action, overseas students were only permitted to stay in the UK for up to 4 months after graduating if they did not find a job that would grant them a sufficient working visa to remain. </p> <p><br />According to a Telegraph article published shortly after the policy amendment, the change was set in motion in order to encourage overseas students to choose the UK as a place to study. Although the United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s most highly rated educational institutions, it was surprisingly unpopular for foreign students looking to study abroad. </p> <p><br />Although many high schools and sixth form age students come from abroad to take part in Cambridge university summer schools <a href="https://www.immerse.education/cambridge-summer-school/">like this one</a>, the amount of students that actually go on to study in the UK is quite low. </p> <p><br />Experts posited that the reason for this was because of limited opportunities for students to live and work in the UK post-graduation. </p> <p><br />However, overseas students are extremely important to Britain’s economy, and they are also essential to universities, as many rely on tuition fees from overseas students to keep their institutions running. Although tuition fees for students from the UK are capped at £9250 per year, there is no cap on how much universities can charge overseas students, and therefore, foreign students have become an important income stream for many institutions across the UK. </p> <p><br />By allowing students to stay in the UK for two years after graduation, the government hopes that it will make the UK a desirable place for overseas students, and UK institutions can benefit from the increased number of students travelling from overseas to study here.</p> <p>The new change will come into action in 2021 and will apply to any students that enrol in undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD courses at UK universities.</p> <p><br /><strong>Source:</strong> Immerse Education</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> immerse.education</p> <p> </p>

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