Investigating the Impact of the Tier 4 Policy on International Students at Private Colleges in the UK

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  • Abdul Waheed Mughal Loughborough University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i1.490

Keywords:

International students, private colleges, agents, diplomas, college education, university education, Tier 4 visa policy

Abstract

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...

Author Biography

Abdul Waheed Mughal, Loughborough University

ABDUL WAHEED MUGHAL is a PhD student at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include social work, social policy, out-of-school children, school dropout, comparative education policy, international students and policy implementation.

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Published

2016-01-01

How to Cite

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), 241–261. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i1.490

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Research Articles