Question by Me: Will America now experience a “brain drain”?
Growing numbers of Americans enrolling at UK colleges
WASHINGTON — When Adelaide Waldrop learned that she had been consigned to the wait list at each of the four universities she wanted most to attend, it was as if all the excitement had drained from her collegiate quest.
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Then she remembered her wild-card school: the University of St. Andrews, the medieval cobblestone campus in Scotland.
Now Waldrop, of Silver Spring, Md., is a St. Andrews sophomore, one of a growing number of American students who enroll at top-ranked British universities, which offer the prestige of elite US schools at a fraction of the cost.
The population of US undergraduates at United Kingdom schools has spiked 30 percent in five years, to 3,560 in the 2008-09 academic year, the most recent figure available from Britain’s Higher Education Statistics Agency. It is a trend driven by price, prestige, and — in the case of St. Andrews — a prince.
St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is two centuries older than Harvard. It is the birthplace of golf — and of the romance between Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton.
“It’s just so magical walking around St. Andrews, with all of the history,’’ said Waldrop, 19. “After visiting, I kind of just forgot about my other schools.’’
Waldrop is paying $ 19,670 in tuition this year at St. Andrews. Tuition at Swarthmore College, where she was on a waiting list, is $ 39,260.
“We are considerably less than the very good privates that you have in the United States,’’ said Stephen Magee, vice principal of St. Andrews. “And in that sense, we think we’re a very good value.’’
The small community of collegiate expatriates is populated heavily with students from the New York-Washington corridor and California, British higher education officials say.
UK universities have emerged as a worthy consolation prize for students rebuffed from Ivy League schools. Much of the interest focuses on Scotland, whose four-year collegiate model closely resembles the American undergraduate experience. (English universities, by contrast, graduate students in three years and stress specialization over general education.)
“If you just fail to get in at Harvard, we’re happy to have you at St. Andrews,’’ Magee said, “because it means you’re bloody good.’’
UK universities routinely send recruiters to US high schools. The era of online admissions enables a student in Missouri to apply to schools in St. Louis and Edinburgh with similar ease. Social networking has created a new platform for students overseas to share pictures and stories with friends back home.
“I think universities internationally are trying to compete for American students in a way that they never have before,’’ said Jim Jump, guidance director at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., and former president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. His school hosted recruiters from St. Andrews and Edinburgh this fall.
The London School of Economics and Political Science has 1,067 US students enrolled and more than 20,000 alumni living in the United States, “a huge asset in promoting the school to prospective students’’ in America, said Will Breare-Hall, manager of student recruitment and study abroad.
Kajetan Malachowski, 17, a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., has applied to nine schools, five of them in Britain. His top choice is the London School of Economics and Political Science.
“It’s a lot cheaper,’’ he said, “and I kind of want a change of scene.’’
Applications to UK universities rose 17 percent in 2010 and are up by 50 percent in six years, said Mary Catherine Scarborough, higher education adviser at the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international cultural relations and education organization.
“I think with Facebook, Twitter, e-mail contact, pictures online, I think that’s why this is picking up finally,’’ she said. “Think about it: If it’s a six-hour plane ride to the UK, that’s the same as if I attended UCLA.’’
Like their US counterparts, public universities in Britain charge higher tuition to international students — in this case, those from outside the European Union.
A great many British students consider their subsidized tuition outrageously high. Violent protests have erupted over plans to raise domestic tuition, which will range up to about $ 14,000.
It’s all relative. To US applicants, even $ 20,000 tuition appears modest for a group of UK universities equal in global prestige to the best public and private universities at home.
Once these kids manage to escape the “land of the free”, and learn the truth, do you think they will want to go back to the USA? Or will they wish to live their lives else where?
Answer by THE GREATEST GODDESS JILL
Obama has force them too. When Obama is giving every illegal free college educations and making citizens pay full price , they are being forced to go else where
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