Brexit 'risks international student recruitment'
UK universities could find it harder to recruit international students if the UK leaves the EU, suggests a survey.
Of 1,763 would-be students who had contacted or applied to UK universities, almost half said Brexit would make UK study less attractive.
But 17% told international student recruiters Hobsons that Brexit would make UK universities more attractive.
And the organisation Scientists for Britain says EU membership harms student recruitment.
Hobsons managing director Jeremy Cooper said: "A vote for Brexit would represent a further challenge.
"For universities in the UK, the conditions for recruiting international students are tougher than ever before."
The survey participants had applied for or enquired about study at 15 UK universities - including two from the elite Russell Group and seven new universities.
Three-quarters were from countries outside the EU, two-thirds were interested in post-graduate study, just over half were female and almost two-thirds were aged under 24
Of the 1,529 who expressed an opinion:
47% said UK universities would be less attractive in the event of Brexit
17% said they would be more attractive
35% said it would make no difference.
There was considerable variation between EU and non-EU students, with 82% of EU students saying Brexit would make the UK less attractive compared with 35% of non-EU students.
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