US-UK educational exchange works both ways

The Daily reports that "British students flocking to US universities." But UK universities now represent the destination for 12.7% of US study abroad.

The Daily Telegraph today reports that, “British students flocking to US universities.” But the article devoted just 13 per cent of its space to the other side of the story: that UK universities now represent the destination for a “remarkable” 12.7 per cent of US citizens studying abroad.

A press release from the Fulbright Commission this morning outlined that US-UK educational exchange is “at [an] all-time high.” In addition, to the increase in UK students studying in the US, it highlighted that:

    • the UK remains the top destination worldwide for US study abroad students; and
    • interest is growing among US students in completing full bachelors and postgraduate degrees in the UK

According to the report, the UK remains the top destination worldwide for US study abroad students. British universities hosted 33,353 American study abroad students in 2007-08, representing an increase of 2 per cent. Recent data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) confirm that this growing interest amongst US students also extends to full degree study. In 2007-08, 12,630 Americans pursued bachelors or postgraduate degrees at British universities, a 2.4 per cent rise. Further, as of the October 2009 deadline, 12.2 per cent more US students had applied for entry in 2010 than the previous year.

Commenting on the report, Penny Egan, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said:

‘Mutual cultural exchange is at the heart of the work of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, and we welcome the increased mobility of students to both countries. Educational exchange between the US and UK remains strong due to the high quality and prestige associated with both systems of higher education, as well as recent efforts of universities on both sides of the Atlantic internationalise their campuses’.

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