Foreign students struggling to pay for UK university

Foreign students struggling to pay for UK university

9/16/2021 10:22:00 AM

Foreign students struggling to pay for UK university

The pandemic has made studying in the UK more expensive for some international students

Getty ImagesFor Mani, a 21-year-old student from India, studying in the UK is something he's always been set on.He says he admires the "reputation of British universities" and wants to follow in the footsteps of his Dad who studied in London. But, as he explains to Radio 1 Newsbeat, he now has doubts.

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"Everything was fine when I had funds, but now when I need help and the university aren't helping me, I'm questioning my choice. Was coming to the UK for my education the right thing to do?" Mani says.When the pandemic started in March 2020, Mani was two years into his three-year course at a London university.

He had the option to stay in the UK, but as his course was deferred, chose to fly home to be with family.That's now resulted in increased costs.'I felt really shocked'Whilst in India, his three-year student visa expired and in order to get a new one approved, he needed to have £40,000 in the bank. It's an amount he's struggled to meet.

Mani requested help from his university, who said they couldn't help with finances, instead offering him the chance to defer until he can find the funds."I felt really shocked. I don't want to defer for another year and delay getting a job, so it's given my family no option but to put our house up for mortgage."

'Financial stress'In 2019/20 there were 538,615 international students studying in the UK - according to Universities UK.Gian was one of them. From Kenya, he recently completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Bristol and is now returning to take an MA, but getting back hasn't been easy.

image source,Gianimage captionGian has said he won't fly back to Kenya until it's off the red list"Kenya is on the red list, which means flights to the UK are rare and expensive. Two of mine were cancelled last minute which just added to the stress, and the flight I did get on was a last minute thing," he says.

"All in all my three cancelled flights, hotel quarantine, Covid tests and transfers has cost around £3,000."Luckily for Gian, his university have said they will reimburse the cost of quarantine, but until that fund comes through, it's been his parents who've had to pay.

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"It's a lot of financial stress on my family and it's made me question studying in the UK."Support for students Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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But Chinise got plants on every latest research at top institutes though China govt denies no govt involvement. British students also...!!!!!! From £12000 to £16000 or more in 3 years is definitely criminal Well go home then. It also applies for Omani students who deferred their studies because we are in red list & the ridiculous amount to pay the hotel for quarantine,Remove or adjust the listing so it’s easier for those who have got both jabbed to fly and resume their studies. You need this industry

Hardly news, it’s too expensive for the majority of UK students too... Even the British students are struggling 2 fs This also goes for British students … Good we are not a charity money tree As are home grown students of working parents. It’s one of the reasons my son is now doing an OU degree. English students are struggling to pay full tuition fees and accommodation for what have been a sub standard online courses they could of done at home.

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Then don’t come here. Duh Become a HGV driver……it’s cheaper 👍 There’s a few million very bright people who were born here that had to leave school at 16 to work because they couldn’t afford to stay in school until their thirties. So what. If they can’t afford it, they shouldn’t do it. Then they can't study here, it's that simple if they can't pay.

Foreign students pay for Vice Chancellor’s living expenses and holidays lmao Should have come to Danmark, we pay for it here, they're supposed to pay it back. but seldom do

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