University courses 'may close' if student visas cut

Published on Monday, 07 March 2011 09:53
Posted by Scott Buckler

Several universities have warned they may be forced to close science and engineering courses if the government limits visas for foreign students


Sixteen university vice-chancellors have written a joint letter to The Observer saying the plans would have a profound effect on university income.

They want Home Secretary Theresa May to drop a proposal to restrict visas.

She wants to raise the English language requirement and make it harder for people to come to the UK.

The coalition government has committed itself to reducing net migration from 196,000 to the "tens of thousands" by 2015.

Mrs May's proposals would affect non-EU students applying for visas under what is known as tier four of the points-based system.

They account for two-thirds of the 273,000 visas issued to students in 2009.

Source: ©BBC

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