Wednesday 23 September 2020

More than 7,000 students from EU and EEA countries are expected to join the British Council’s first fully online event promoting study in the UK.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students will be able to engage with over 60 UK universities via one-to-one online conversations. They include 13 of Times Higher Education’s top 20 UK universities for 2021, the leading Welsh and Scottish universities, and many universities from the UK’s elite ‘Russell Group’.

The platform is part of the British Council’s Study UK campaign in Europe, working with university partners to promote study in the UK and provide students with clear, reliable information and one-to-one contact with universities.

The platform is free for students to join and the programme runs from 19 October-13 November.

It will feature live and recorded online talks, where students can learn about how to apply to study in the UK, career opportunities and the most important points in planning their studies.

As the event is dedicated to students from the EU, there will be a focus on post-Brexit changes, such as fees and new processes for applying for applying for visas from January 2021 – as well as newly announced scholarships for EU students and other ways they can support their studies.

British Council insight from early 2020 showed that students from EU countries value the UK highly for its education quality but were finding planning their UK studies difficult due to lack of clarity around changes once the UK leaves the European Union.

UCAS data for 2020 shows that while university acceptances from non-EU international students to study in the UK are at record levels, EU applications have decreased.

This event will give students direct contact with leading UK universities, which they cited as one of their most influential sources for making their study abroad decisions.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director of Education at the British Council said:Our research shows that European students view the UK as the most attractive overseas study destination for teaching quality and employability. However, misconceptions about the application process, fees and requirements – particularly after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – may be discouraging some from applying.

‘Study UK Europe: Gateway to the UK aims to address this through a unique mix of information sessions and one-to-one conversations with higher education institutions.

‘We will enable UK universities to reach European students directly – and to support European students by providing them with the information they need to start what we hope will be a life changing UK study journey.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

The roots of the British Council lie in Europe. Our first offices opened in Europe in 1938 and we have supported educational and cultural relations with countries of Europe ever since.

Our higher education work supports internationalisation, mobility of academics and students, and partnerships between UK and European higher education institutions. We contribute to current debates by providing insights and knowledge. We conduct research to understand the impact of our work, and to foster innovation within the sectors and communities in which we work.

About Study UK

The British Council delivers the Study UK campaign, in partnership with the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, to showcase why the UK is a unique and perfect choice for any international student. Launched in 2016, the campaign is the only national-level campaign that promotes the UK as a first-class study destination all over the world.