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ERIC Number: ED502362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 86
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
European Union Students Studying in English Higher Education Institutions. DIUS Research Report 08-09
Morris, Marian; Rutt, Simon
National Foundation for Educational Research
This study aimed to identify the pathways, intentions and relevant perceptions of (non-UK) European Union (EU) students entering English higher education. It sought to identify why students wished to obtain an English HE qualification, their attitudes towards the uptake and repayment of tuition fee loans and their future career plans. Drawing on longitudinal data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and from a national survey of (non-UK) EU students in English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), it aimed to provide a better understanding of their views on (and use of) the Student Loans system, in order to inform government policy and strategy in this area. An analysis of HESA data from 2002/03 to 2005/06 found that: (1) There was a growth in the numbers and the proportion of young people from the Baltic States, Eastern Europe and late accession countries (including Cyprus and Malta) and a decline in both the overall numbers and the proportion of students coming from EU founder nations and other western non-founder nations; (2) Business and administration studies appeared to be both the largest and fastest growing course, although the proportion of applicants for such places declined amongst the seven non-UK non-founder nations. The proportion of non-UK EU entrants to most STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects (other than those related to medicine or biology), law and languages, in contrast, have seen a marked decline; and (3) The probability of a non-UK EU student staying in England to take part in further full-time study was greater than that of their remaining to work (whether full- or part-time), particularly for those studying maths, physics, languages, law, historical studies and social sciences courses. The research team used both primary research and secondary analysis of other data sources to ascertain the mobility patterns, anticipated destinations and attitudes to student loan repayments of EU students. The analyses of HESA data and of the survey responses divided students into three broad groups, representing the founder states (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands), the other non-founder (non-UK) western nations (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Portugal) and the Baltic States, Eastern European states and other late accession countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). The findings from this study have been summarised in relation to non-UK EU students' choosing to study in England; non-UK EU students' understanding of tuition fee loans and their attitudes towards them; and respondents' future career and study plans. Appended are: (1) Drawing the sample; (2) EU member states and date of accession; (3) Tables; (4) Changes in non-UK EU population; and (5) Higher Education Institution recruitment and liaison. (Contains 43 tables and 37 footnotes.) [This report was written with Helen Robertson Hobsons and was published by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: Cyprus; Europe; Malta; United Kingdom (England)