Scots seek ‘value for money’ at foreign universities

Growing numbers of Scottish school pupils are applying to study overseas to maximise their chances of finding a job after graduation. Despite similar levels of tuition fees and expensive travel costs, more young people are choosing universities in Europe, the United States and even Australia, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.

According to teachers and university admissions officers, the move has been prompted by the economic downturn and the increasingly difficult job market, leaving applicants to reassess their motivation for going into higher education. While Scots remain exempt from rising tuition fees in their home country, anyone travelling to university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland will be required to pay.

Figures released earlier this week by the Office for National Statistics showed that, across the UK, a quarter of 21-year-olds who left university with a degree in 2011 were unable to find a job. David Gray, head teacher of Edinburgh private school Stewart’s Melville College, said he was seeing increasing numbers of his pupils applying to study abroad as they look to make the most of their investment in higher education.
Full report on The Scotsman site