More UK Students Choose Ivy League Over Oxbridge

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Hundreds of Britainís brightest A-level pupils are leaving the country as part of a brain drain to study at foreign universities. Around 600 students who scored three A or A* grades in their A-levels last summer did not take places at UK universities in the autumn. Some are believed to be reapplying this year, but others have taken places at European universities and Ivy League US colleges after being put off by the introduction of £9,000 fees in the UK.
Independent school heads have reported an increased interest in applying abroad by pupils who believe that foreign universities can offer better value for money. Sixth formers are also attracted by incentives such as top class sporting facilities or better opportunities for working overseas after graduation. One in four pupils at the sixth form at Sevenoaks School in Kent have applied to American universities this year. Two students from the school last year rejected offers from Cambridge for Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service does not have figures for how many British A level students went abroad to study last year. But research carried out from its end of year report in 2012 found that for the first time in a decade the proportion of students with A grades starting university in Britain fell below the figure for freshers with slightly lower grades. Read More at

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