Post Brexit, China applicants replace EU university students

Chinese applications to UK universities now outstrip the total number of would-be students from the European Union, highlighting the impact of Brexit and the sector’s growing reliance on China even as relations cool between London and Beijing, writes Khadija Kothia for Bloomberg News.

Applicants from the EU dropped by 43% to 28,400, according to data from the UK university admissions service UCAS. That compares with 28,490 applications from China, a number that has more than doubled since 2017.

The sharp decline in applicant numbers from the EU was “disappointing” but expected, according to Stephanie Harris, head of engagement at Universities UK, a lobby group. Rule changes since Brexit mean EU students now pay higher international fees at most British universities.
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