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UK Announces Tougher Rules for Foriegn Students

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Foreign students,outside of the European Union, wanting to come to the UK study will be now required to meet stricter entry criteria according to British Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.
Yesterday Mr. Johnson announced that students wanting to study in the UK will have to show more robust documentation, including financial proof of being able to study and live in the UK.
New measures introduced include:
  • a good standard of English (equivalent of holding just below a GCSE in a foreign language) will be needed to come to the UK and study to improve English language competency further;
  • a good standard of English (again equivalent of holding just below a GCSE in a foreign language) will need to be demonstrated to study any other course below degree level;
  • restricting the lowest-level courses (A levels and equivalent) to only the most trusted institutions;
  • halving the amount of time a student studying below first degree level or on a foundation degree course will be able to work, to just 10 hours during term time;
  • a ban on bringing in dependants for anyone studying a course for less than six months; and
  • a ban on dependants of anyone studying a course lower than foundation or undergraduate degree level from working – or being subject to removal from the UK if found doing so.
  • introduction of tougher criteria for defining which course providers count as ‘highly trusted sponsors’ of foreign students. All publicly funded universities and colleges will count as highly trusted, and private training colleges can also gain that status.

The Home Secretary also announced that the UK government will implement plans to introduce a points test by 2011 for those who wish to earn British citizenship.


Written by MithrasLaw

February 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

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