In November 2017, the British Council published its “Broadening Horizons, Assessing the Needs of a New Generation”. The famous British sense of understatement is illustrated in its heading that “interest among British students has weakened”. The report shows that 34% of the cohort went down to 18% between 2015 and 2017: meaning it has almost halved. The main reasons for not contemplating a study abroad period are the students’ assessment that UK higher education is simply the best and their lack of knowledge of the research showing that study abroad enhances their labour market value. The drop in interest is not just connected to Brexit and extends to the US – still highest rated destination – as well: in 2015, 4 out of 10 students aiming to go abroad put the US on the top of their list, but it 2017, that was less than 2 out of 10: so of a shrinking group, fewer would put America first.
January 15, 2018