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British students miss out on the overseas experience

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new organisation set up by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Universities UK will aim to improve the status of international student mobility among British students.

It is not a secret that every year, thousands of foreign students come to the UK to study towards undergraduate or postgraduate courses. However, British students fail to show the same ambition of studying abroad for a variety of reasons.

More institutions and universities are realising the ‘experience’ that studying abroad can offer British students, particularly as a comparison exercise to what they are used to in the UK. Because of this, the new group set up as a partnership of the BIS and Universities UK is meeting this month for the first time. They will look to identify practical ways of encouraging students go overseas.

A life-time experience

“Research shows that time spent abroad is rewarding for graduates, both academically and personally. The experience gained is valued by employers who are increasingly looking for graduates able to operate confidently in a globalised world,” said Universities minister David Willetts.

According to Willetts, for every "UK student export" there are 11 "foreign student imports", which demonstrates why this is a real challenge for national British students.

Seeing the European Commission figures for the Erasmus programme in 2008/9 Spain, France, Germany and Italy swapped approximately equal numbers of students. In contrast, the rate of exchange in the UK was approaching three in and one out.

However, some universities are already aware of the benefits that gaining international experience can bring to their students both in personal and professional terms. Lancaster University is considering making it part of every undergraduate course.

Adding international experience to your CV can be a great way to help you compete for high value graduate jobs.

Have you ever considered the merits of studying abroad? Is it something that more British students should try?

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