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International students to attend academies?

8 July 2013

According to a BBC article, a leaked letter penned by the Prime Minister’s aide proposes that international students should be allowed to access places at academies within a few years. This would form part of the Government’s 'education exports strategy' to “export the potential” of the academies system.

The British education system is internationally well respected with thousands of overseas students taking higher education courses within the UK. If international students were permitted to enrol at academies, it is likely that there would be substantial interest from the international community. The letter did not make it clear whether academies would charge fees to international students, but the 'education exports strategy' seems designed to earn the UK money from the education sector.

What is certain is the prospect of foreign students paying for a place when there is a shortage of spaces for domestic students will cause controversy.

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