UK Students Go Abroad To Boost Career

Thanks to my colleague Sarah Conway, Recruitment and Events Administrator at the Careers Service for this post on study abroad.  It highlights that study abroad is an increasing trend among students and can be a way to find out more about international labour markets – Rebecca

According to a recent news article more UK university students than ever before are heading overseas as part of their studies. BBC news reports the British Council findings that numbers studying abroad through the European Union’s Erasmus programme has more than than doubled in seven years.

What the numbers say:

  • Last year, 15,566 UK students took part in the European Union’s Erasmus programme, spending up to a year in another European country as part of their degrees. That’s 115% up on the number who took part when the programme began in the UK in 2007.
  • Over 7,000 students went to work or study in China last year on British Council Generation UK China scholarships (up from 6,000 the year before).
  • 2,500 applied for 500 spaces on the Generation UK India programme
  • Of 2,856 UK students interviewed for the report, 34% said they were interested in overseas study

    “Of those who had already studied abroad, 40% defined the main advantage as a boost to their career chances, while 60% said it had given them experience of another culture and the chance to travel.”

These figures have been published ahead of the British Council’s Going Global international higher education conference next week. Keep an eye on @HEGoingGlobal for the latest news from their conference.

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