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UK students have lightest workload

Published: Tuesday, 25 September 2007   Category: Public sector

University students in the UK spend less time studying in comparison with undergraduates on the continent, new research has shown.

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) found that, on average, students had 14.2 hours of teaching a week, which went up to 26 hours including private study.

And the figures were in stark contrast with those in other European nations with a separate survey revealing that German undergraduates have a 35 hour study week and students in Portugal complete a 40 hour week.

Clearly worried about the findings, HEPI study authors commented: "Although there is no suggestion here that the length of study equates to quality of learning, as these comparisons become better known there is bound to be increasing pressure on English universities to explain how their shorter, less intensive, courses match those elsewhere in Europe.

"These findings, together with the finding reported later in this report that a worrying proportion of international students believe they receive poor value for money, and the fact that fees in this country are so much higher than in most other countries, make our international student market vulnerable."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18293036-ADNFCR

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