Brexit could see EU student numbers nose dive, Cambridge warns

University says numbers have already fallen as higher education institutions tell MPs of significant funding risks of EU exit.


Cambridge University has said it faces significant risks from Britain’s exit from the EU, including an estimated two-thirds fall in the number of EU students it enrols each year.


In a written submission to MPs on the education select committee, the university indicated that it expects annual admission numbers for EU under- and postgraduates to fall from 1,100 to below 400.


“Assuming that EU students move to the unregulated international [tuition fees] rate, it is almost certain that application numbers will fall further. We are currently modelling a two-third reduction in admissions from the non-UK EU,” Cambridge said in its submission to the committee’s forthcoming hearing on the impact of Brexit on higher education.

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