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Investigating the impact of the tier 4 policy on international students at private colleges in the UK

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posted on 21.03.2016, 13:31 authored by Abdul Mughal
In 2009, the United Kingdom government introduced the Tier 4 (general) student visa policy for foreign students, out of European Economic Area and Switzerland, aged 16 or over. According to this policy, any institution recruiting international students must be a highly trusted sponsor - a status determined by the UK Border Agency. Further, right to work during study was totally denied for the non-EEA students of private colleges in 2011. This study explores the experiences of non-EEA students of private colleges in the wake of such changes. The research objectives were met through conducting individual interviews with 45 students from ten different countries studying at two private colleges in London. The results showed that the Tier 4 policy had negatively impacted the ambitions of studying in the UK at private colleges. About 97% of the interviewees said that they would not recommend private colleges to similar prospective students because of this policy.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Journal of International Students

Volume

6

Issue

1

Citation

MUGHAL, A.W., 2016. Investigating the Impact of the Tier 4 Policy on International Students at Private Colleges in the UK. Journal of International Students, 6(1), pp. 241-261.

Publisher

© Journal of International Students

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

02/08/2015

Publication date

2016

Notes

This paper is published in the Journal of International Students and the definitive version is available :- https://jistudents.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/13.pdf

ISSN

2162-3104

eISSN

2166-3750

Language

en