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by Staff reporter
08 July 2021
University applications from EU nationals plummet

University applications from EU nationals plummet

The number of EU nationals applying to study at Scottish universities has plummeted by 41 per cent this year, figures from UCAS reveal.

Scotland’s higher education minister Jamie Hepburn said the drop was an “inevitable consequence of leaving the EU”.

However, there was also a 23 per cent rise in applications from non-EU internationals.

Hepburn said: “We will continue to work with our international partners to strengthen our education and research relationships through scholarships and by promoting Scottish learning and research globally, recognising the ongoing importance of our close relationships with our European neighbours.”

Demand for places at Scottish institutions increased overall, with 10 per cent more people applying to study here than last year.

In addition, the number of people from deprived areas applying increased by 11 per cent.

The number of prospective students currently domiciled in Scotland also rose, with 33,050 applying to Scottish institutions (up from 29,320 last year).

Across the UK there was a four per cent increase in the number of applicants, including a 20 per cent rise in offers to students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds from the most selective institutions.

UCAS chief executive Clare Marchant said: “Today’s numbers show the clear demand for undergraduate study and apprenticeships is growing, rising significantly during the pandemic.

“Universities are ready to welcome more students onto courses this autumn and have worked hard to be flexible, enabling students to progress to their next level of study.”

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