Albeit restriction on visas, international students feel welcomed in the UK

Tuesday 26th May 2015 13:12 EDT

According to a study carried out PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the lobbying group London First, acompelling majority of non-EU international students in Britain say they feel welcome and would recommend Britain as a place for higher education, despite increasingly complex visa rules.

Results from the study showed that there was more than 310,000 students from outside the European Union studying at Higher Education institutes across the UK – more than 67,000 of them in London.

76% of the students surveyed revealed that they felt welcome in Britain and more than 90% of those said they would recommend studying in Britain to a friend or relative.

On the other hand, more than half of international students said that the complication of visa regulations and fees had negatively impacted on their experience of studying in the UK.

Furthermore, according to the survey, other troublesome areas for international students include the controversial closure of the Post Study Work visa.

The broadly positive feel about studying in the UK comes in spite of the previous coalition government inflictingstern restrictions on student visas for non-EU students.

The restrictions on student visas have led to a massive fall in the number of students from South Asia studying in the UK.

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