UK: Universities 'recruiting more foreign students'

Universities are planning a huge increase in foreign students to boost their income following swingeing government funding cuts, it emerged last week, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. Some top institutions want to almost double the number of undergraduates recruited from outside Europe.

Durham is planning a 97% rise in international students and Exeter is proposing a 73% increase across some colleges. The government currently controls the number of students universities can recruit from Britain and European Union member states because their tuition is subsidised by the taxpayer.

Fees are capped at £3,290 (US$5,370) this academic year and universities face harsh fines for over-recruiting. But institutions can admit unlimited numbers of foreign students who are charged up to eight times as much.
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