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Brit students flock to US
Monday, 24 September 2007
An increasing number of British university students are opting to study in the US, recent research has revealed.
New figures from the Fullbright commission, has shown that more than 8,000 British undergraduates are opting to take up education in the US where they can receive more favourable funding.
It has been claimed that the advent of top-up fees are driving students over to the US but many Ivy League universities are also targeting UK talent with non-repayable bursaries and other financial incentives.
Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington, an independent college in Berkshire, told the Guardian: "UK universities have had it easy for far too long, with little competition for UK students, but the tide is turning. British schools are beginning to lose faith in UK universities."
He added: "There is huge benefit to be gained not only by the students themselves, but in the longer term by the UK economy and our society if they go."
The UK is second in the list for European nations with students studying in the US - Germany has the most.