United Kingdom universities could suffer a 25% drop in international students as a result of the government decision to end home student status for them in England, according to a new survey. 

Some 84% of prospective European Union (EU) students say they will ‘definitely not’ study in the UK if the decision means their tuition fees will be doubled.

In addition, 56% of prospective students say they will be affected by the removal of access to student loans, which was also announced.

The Netherlands and Germany could benefit as the most popular alternative destinations if UK fees become unaffordable.

The survey followed the 23 June decision by the UK government to end home fee status for EU, other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals following Brexit.

The change applies to students commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 and means they may no longer be charged the same tuition rates as domestic students.

Read more : Brendan O’Malley : University World News : 01 July 2020