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Indian students lose out in choice of UK degrees

15 February 2013

Study UK welcomes the Prime Minister's comments yesterday encouraging Indian students to consider higher education in the UK, but is disappointed that his Government continues to deny these talented young people a free choice of where to study. Sue Hindley, Chair of Study UK, explains:

"Thousands of Indian students each year have chosen to take their degrees at one of the UK's excellent university partner colleges. These smaller, independent colleges offer full undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at convenient locations across the UK, with a friendly and supportive atmosphere and excellent value for money.

"Sadly, none of these students will be allowed to work for even a single day while they're here, after the Government changed the visa rules to actively discriminate against independent colleges, even those with top marks from the Quality Assurance Agency and a clean bill of health from the UK Border Agency. Student can be fully registered with a leading university, studying the exact same course as their on-campus counterparts, and yet they won't have the chance to find a part-time job, or even voluntary work in the community.

"The Prime Minister talks up the employment opportunities for Indian students who graduate here. But the inconvenient truth is that independent college graduates, even with a first-class honours degree from a UK university, will find it very hard to get a foot in the door of the graduate job market without this all-important work experience."

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