As the cost of college keeps on skyrocketing, a few enterprising students are taking extreme measures to cut down on educational costs. A small but growing number of U.S. students are enrolling themselves in British Universities, where total tuition is far lower than in America.
Tuition for non-European students in Britain can run anywhere from an equivalent of $8,600. to $31,000 per year. At the high end, that’s about equal to the cost of attending a U.S. public university from out-of-state.
But Americans can save even if they attend the highest-priced British schools. That’s because bachelor’s degrees in England and Wales generally take three years to complete, as opposed to the typical requirement of four years for U.S. schools. That difference can immediately lop off 25% of the total cost of a degree (Scotland is the one area of Britain where degree programs do tend to take four years).
The cost difference is so great that American students report they can even afford to attend schools in super high-priced cities like London. Others note that they are pleased to sign up for any courses they want in Britain, unlike the situation in American public universities where crowding is becoming so great that key classes are oversubscribed. Many students report that low key, uncrowded nature of Britain’s schools results in an experience that feels like a high-priced private college in the U.S.
The recent Brexit situation has given an added boost to American students. Negativity about the move has sent the value of the British pound to its lowest level in decades, making the exchange rate far more favorable to those with American dollars.
Many schools in Britain are actively recruiting American students these days. If you’re interested, you can apply to multiple schools in Britain at one time by filling out forms with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service or UCAS.