British students turning to US Ivy League universities

Harvard University – ranked the best in the world – has seen the number of   applications from Britain rise by more than a third in just 12 months,   figures show.

Other elite Ivy League institutions, including Yale, Columbia and Cornell,   have also reported an increase in demand.

It is believed that the cap on places for home students at English   universities – coupled with the prospect of £9,000 fees from next year – is   fuelling the rise.

The disclosure comes just a week after one of Europe’s leading universities –   Maastricht in the Netherlands – reported a 10-fold rise in the number of   applications from Britain. Some 400 people have applied so far this year   compared with just 35 in 2010.

A spokesman for the Fulbright Commission, which awards scholarships to US   universities, said: “The word is definitely getting out that this year   is an unprecedented opportunity for US universities to recruit British   students.”

According to figures, Harvard had around 500 British applications to start   courses this autumn, up from around 370 for last year – a 35 per cent   increase.Yale enrolled 36 British students onto undergraduate courses last year, up   from 25 in 2009 – a 44 per cent rise. Five years ago, in 2006, just 15   students enrolled.

Some 197 students from England and Wales alone have applied to start courses   at Cornell this autumn, up from 176 last year.

Information from Columbia University shows that 178 British students enrolled   in 2009, up from 164 in 2008 and 151 in 2003.


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