The number of international undergraduates students admitted into UK universities has decreased for the first time in five years.
According to the end-of-admissions report for 2016 published by higher education admissions service, Ucas, the number of students accepted from outside the EU fell by 2.3% to 38,300, which marked the first fall since 2011.
The fall in numbers was due to a decrease in both applicants and the acceptance rate.
According to the reports, the British education sector is nervous as speculation mounts about government’s plan to cut the overall numbers of non-EU students as part of its drive to reduce immigration.
In contrast the number of EU students accepted to start their studies in September rose by 7%, with big increases from countries including Poland and Bulgaria. Most will have applied before the Brexit vote.
The latest Ucas report also raised concerns about a slowdown in the rates of entry among applicants from poorer backgrounds.
Though young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to enter higher education than ever before, the gap in entry rates between rich and poor people has widened for the first time.
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