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A QUARTER of school leavers plan to study abroad, a new survey has found.

Studying overseas is becoming a popular choice for students and undergraduates, according to Graduate Prospects.

A survey of 500 school leavers and students found 24% plan to study abroad, 73% are strongly interested or considering it and only 4% would rule it out.

The main motivations a desire for adventure or to build an international career (33% and 26% respectively).

Almost one in 10 (8%) said they were unsatisfied with UK study, while nearly one in five (18%) thought getting educated overseas would be cheaper and 16% had considered it because of an institution’s reputation.

When asked where they would consider studying, the most popular destinations were the USA and Canada (34%), while 28% cited Europe.

Graduate Prospects, which offers careers support to students in the UK, also asked school leavers if there was anything that would deter their decision to study abroad.

A third said finance, 27% were worried about not having adequate language skills and 14% thought a qualification from an institution overseas may not be widely recognised by employers.

Mike Hill, chief executive of Graduate Prospects, said: “There has been a lot of speculation around whether increased fees will provoke people to look further afield for their education, but what this study shows is that wanderlust is the biggest motivator and only a small number of people are looking overseas because they have become discontented with what’s on offer in the UK.

“It’s clear that while there is considerable interest in studying overseas, there is limited awareness about what a first degree or postgraduate qualification from a country outside the UK really entails.”

Graduate Prospects surveyed 500 school leavers and undergraduates about study abroad in March

by Gareth Evans, Western Mail


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