Sixth Formers heard about the benefits of studying abroad during a talk by Jenni Stedman from A Star Future. She said: ‘The financial implications of being a student in this country has generated more interest in higher education outside the UK.
‘A Star Future works with universities abroad that are interested in recruiting British students and we have our own website Study in Holland specifically for the Netherlands. A Star Future covers other places around the world including Ireland, Italy, France, Norway, the US and China.
There are great benefits to studying abroad. As the graduate job market is a global market place students abroad often boost their communication skills by learning a second language, or else simply by integrating into a different community. These are valuable skills that appeal to employers in the global job market. The benefits of studying abroad are not only financial, they are more wide ranging.
‘Since 2010 there has been a 400 per cent increase in students going to the Netherlands alone. We are still talking nominal numbers, however this increasing trend will continue to grow as there are more and more subjects being offered in English each year.
‘Holland is a popular choice as there’s good transport links via Eurostar or air travel at fairly reasonable prices and, in the country as a whole, a lot of people speak English. The students were very attentive and I got some good reactions and a fair bit of interest so hopefully I planted the seed of what is available. They can apply to universities abroad alongside their UCAS application so they don’t have to choose at this stage, it is just to make them aware of what else is available and viable abroad.’