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International students feel university cost increase

Published: Monday, 30 July 2007   Category: Government policies

The rising cost of university in the UK may be forcing international students elsewhere and cutting the number of skilled graduates, the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) has claimed.

Hepi's figures show that the UK is the second most popular destination behind the US but the market share has dropped from 16 per cent in 1998 to 11 per cent in 2004.

In an interview with EducationGuardian.co.uk Bahram Bekhradnia, director of Hepi, said: "There is a real possibility that we may price ourselves out of the market. Last year's Hepi survey of the student experience showed that over 25 per cent of overseas students think they get poor value for money."

"A substantial number stay on and work after they have graduated and they are highly skilled people often undertaking difficult to fill jobs."

According to Hepi the average international student pays almost £7,000 in tuition fees and £187 a week in living costs, injecting £2.35 billion into the UK economy.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18228134-ADNFCR

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