Statistics from UCAS show an increase in the number of applications in 2018, with more than 100,000 being EU citizens.
Figures suggest a rise of 3.6 percent of applications coming from students all around the EU, adding up to a total of 43,510.
According to Helen Thorne, the UCAS director for external relations, EU applicants are interested in studying in the UK because the universities offer high-quality teaching and overall, an excellent experience.
“I came to study in the UK because I love the everyday culture and lifestyle”
Teona Banu, a first-year law student, told Impact: “I came to study in the UK because I love the everyday culture and lifestyle. I feel surrounded by like-minded people, and I feel welcomed, at times, more so than I would in my home country. I don’t know what I’m going to do after University but I always knew this is the best environment for me to study, learn, and grow”.
Additionally, UCAS officials point out that EU students are encouraged to come and study in the UK, which has become a cost-effective country after the drop in the pound. The Government assured them that they will be eligible for ‘home fee status’ and will be able to benefit from any available financial support programmes, such as grants and loans.
“Figures suggest a rise of 3.6 per cent of applications coming from students all around the EU”
“It certainly seems more accessible now, probably than ever. But I mainly came here for the amazing career and job prospects that most universities in the UK have to offer”, noted Mantas Karalius, a first-year history student.