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Prospective Russian undergraduates favour Britain

Published: Friday, 05 October 2007   Category: Public sector

British colleges, charged with the preparing tomorrow's graduates for universities, are witnessing an influx of students from Eastern Europe, notably Russia.

A number of parents of Russian pupils, especially in the growing middle class, are willing to pay good money to ensure their children can challenge other graduates across western Europe for the top positions, Moscow News Weekly reports.

Commenting on the trend, David Siball, from Queen Ethelburga's College in York, told the publication: "We have 21 Russian speakers attending our school this year but then we have got a good product to sell.

"We are in the countryside away from the city, we have comfortable five star hotel accommodation facilities; there are even telephones in the toilets. The teaching is also excellent; we have a 100 percent pass rate at A-level."

He added: "Security and safety are particularly important to Russian parents, we have one student whose parents are in politics and they want a place that is secure."

However, education for foreign students on these shores is not cheap, two years at a private college could cost foreign parents up to £60,000 pounds.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18307009-ADNFCR

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