Brexit no dampener for UAE students
Abu Dhabi: Despite the recent political turmoil in the UK surrounding the future of foreign nationals, including a proposal to crack down on international students, a senior British Council official in the UAE said it is business as usual for students from the emirates who want to study in the UK.
“The referendum result has no immediate implications for international students wanting to study in the UK, including those already studying in the UK. There are no immediate changes to their immigration status, fee status and access to tuition fee loans,” said Gavin Anderson, Director, British Council UAE.
“The UK has always welcomed and will continue to welcome high quality international students,” added Anderson.
Anderson was speaking with Gulf News ahead of an exhibition organised by the British Council, Education UK Exhibition (Edukex), that helps students in the UAE find what they need to know about studying in the UK by putting them in touch with representatives from British universities at the fair as well as providing information on UK Visas and Immigration.
“After the EU referendum result, the #WeAreInternational campaign was shared via a number of online channels with students from our global database, the campaign was created many years ago by the University of Sheffield … But in light of the EU Referendum, it has garnered extra support from much of the UK education sector, including the British Council,” added Anderson.
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