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Foreign influx is fake

first_imgOxford University dismissed talk of an influx of foreign students this week, following Saturday’s admission of ten new states to the European Union. The number of students wishing to study in the UK from one of those states, Cyprus, doubled in 2004 to 1,458. As EU students, they will not be eligible for maintenance grants or loans. A spokesperson for the University, told Cherwell that, “Oxford is not expecting a massive influx,” and praised the diversity and tolerance of the student body. There are currently 4,600 non-UK students at Oxford, but only 106 are from the new EU states. Foreign students are estimated to pay £31.5 billion a year in fees, and contribute £33 billion to the economy. Although students from the EU pay lower fees than those from elsewhere, they are expected to cover their own living costs. As a result, Ana Perez de Ayala, a Spanish second year Physics student, believes “the main difficulties for foreign students are financial ones.” The University, which claims to have “rigorous methods of distinguishing between very able candidates”, also quashed suggestions that they would introduce a lottery system for oversubscribed courses. Both Leeds Metropolitan and Huddersfield University operate the scheme for physiology, which receives twenty applications for every place.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more