Brexit and studying in the UK – With Britain breaking away from EU, there have been fears and apprehensions among people in all fields. What is the impact for students who want to study in Britain? Here is an excerpt from an interview with a Head of one of the top universities of UK.
Kevin Featherstone is Head of the London School of Economics (LSE) European Institute discussed Brexit, racism, and students caught between, in The Times of India. Excerpts:
“British universities are very worried. Whether a Brexit government can maintain similar levels of research funding is doubtful.”
“Operational models of many universities rest on overseas and EU students. Their fees fund a university sector that is world class. At present, universities are guaranteeing fees for the 2016-17 academic year will not change but, beyond that, the position depends on any change of government policy and public funding. So, students must wait and see. Also, there are reports of isolated instances of racist attacks.”
“However, it is reasonable to imagine that a Brexit will make the UK less attractive to European students. There will be less financial aid, tuitions would likely increase, the UK will be outside of Erasmus+, and new immigration requirements may arise. All that to say, a British exit from the EU would certainly open the door to the UK’s international competitors.”
“Leaving the EU and putting up barriers to work and study makes it more likely that European students and researchers will choose to go elsewhere, strengthening our competitors and weakening the UK’s universities.”
What does all this mean to students who want to study in UK? High level of uncertainty, lesser opportunities, much higher cost of education and most importantly, reduced opportunities for employment. What do you say?
Doctoral (PhD) admissions – We have many students coming in for information on studying at the Doctoral level in US universities. A few points are highlighted here for your benefit.
- Doctoral level admissions are considered mostly for Fall (August) semester. Processing applications for Spring is rare.
- The application process takes longer than for MS. Be prepared to start at least one year in advance.
- Application deadlines will be around November/December for most programs and universities. Don’t miss them!
- Financial aid may be available partially or in full, depending upon field of research and university. In some programs and universities, funding may not be available at all!
- In addition to free tuition and fees, most PhD students will be given a stipend to meet their living costs.
- A PhD program could take 3-5 years to complete
There is a lot of process, follow-up and work involved with PhD admissions. If you are interested, don’t wait. Talk to your counselor and he/she will provide you with all the right information. Manhattan Review provides top-of-the-line services for PhD applicants. Take full advantage.
More visa news – Manhattan Review is pleased to inform you that more than 40 students have received visas to USA till date. The number is increasing by the day!
There are a few subtle changes in the way the visa interviews are being conducted by the US Consulate staff. In view of what happened during the previous semester (Spring 2016), the staff is conscious and being careful about how and why they should issue visas. With our experience and expertise, we are in a positon to help students prepare ‘properly’ for the visa interview, document well and answer all the tricky questions successfully. Want to know how we can help you to reach USA successfully? Contact one of our counselors who will be pleased to help you.