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Last minute rush from EU students before Brexit.

Last minute rush from EU students before Brexit.

A last-minute rush to study at British universities before Brexit closes the door may be behind a rise in applications from EU students, according to the latest figures for courses starting in autumn.

After last year’s slump in applications from European students in the aftermath of the EU referendum and widespread uncertainty over funding, British universities report an upturn in numbers received by January’s deadline for undergraduate entries.

The rise in international applications, including a record number from students outside the EU, helped disguise modest domestic figures showing a 3% fall in applications, the second successive decline following a 4% drop last year. 

Leading universities such as Warwick and University College London (UCL) said they had seen strong interest from applicants from the UK, EU and other countries, despite increased competition for students both at home and abroad.

Prof Seán Hand, University of Warwick’s deputy pro-vice-chancellor for Europe, said applications from EU students had risen by 10%.

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