Tuesday 08-02-2011 - 00:00
A survey of over 8,000 international students currently in the UK released today by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that for 94% the ability to work in the UK after they had finished studying was important to deciding to come to the UK.
The survey comes as NUS President, Aaron Porter, gave evidence to a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing about the value of international students.
The findings demonstrate that without the option for international students to work in the UK after studying the UK economy could lose out on the valuable income that comes from one of the UK’s important export industries.
In fact nearly three-quarters (75%) of those surveyed said they would not have come to the UK without the option for post-study work.
The average annual fee paid by international students (from outside the EU) taking part in the survey was £25,067.30 – a vital source of income for many universities.
Aaron Porter, NUS President, said:
“Allowing students the option to work in the UK after they have finished their courses is an important incentive when encouraging what is vital foreign investment in our higher education system. The money those graduates earn often goes to paying back student loans that might not have been covered by salaries in their home countries.
“These graduates benefit from increased employability in their home countries due work experience in the UK and the UK benefits from adding many highly skilled graduates to the UK work-force.”