Saturday, 12 June 2010

English-language requirements for foreign students might change

MPs have called on the coalition government to abolish "short-sighted" rules on English-language requirements for foreign students, which they fear could cost universities £1 billion.
Four Liberal Democrats, including former University of Cambridge academic Julian Huppert, have tabled a Commons motion warning that the "rushed and flawed" policy could cost the sector dearly.
The previous government raised the entry criteria for those wanting to study English in the UK as part of its bid to deter bogus applications for "Tier 4" visas for students.
As a result, foreign students wanting to improve their language skills on feeder courses ahead of attending university will now need the equivalent of a high grade at GCSE English to enter the country.
Courtesy: Times Higher Education


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