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UK expands college student application system outside the UK – POLITICO

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UK expands college student application system outside the UK - POLITICO

Students in the United Kingdom will be able to apply to universities in other European Union member states through a centralized application process in that country, the government announced yesterday (February 18th).

Under the UK University Admission System, students fill out one application and indicate which universities they would like to enroll in. Until now, universities from other EU member states have not been on the list of options. To be considered in universities outside the UK, students had to apply to them directly.

The European Commission has for years quietly tried to persuade countries using a centralized application system, such as the UK and Ireland, to include other European universities as options. The EU has no powers in the field of education and cannot force a member state to include other European universities in its application systems.

Tuition at the university was free in the UK until 1998, which limited the number of students wishing to study abroad. However, in 1998 tuition fees in the UK were set at a maximum of £ 3,000 a year, and in 2010 – three times up to £ 9,000 a year. Currently, about 30,000 British students study at universities in other EU member states, according to government statistics. This number may increase with tuition fees, with foreign tuition rates in continental Europe often cheaper than domestic ones in the UK. For example, tuition fees in the Netherlands can be around 2,000 euros (£ 1,500) a year, and an increasing number of universities even offer bachelor’s courses in English.

European universities wishing to be included in the UCAS system will have to pay £ 25,000 and demonstrate that they meet standards equivalent to the UK rate.

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