From New York Times, April 4 2011

PARIS — At the same time that the number of university students who study abroad continues to climb, a few countries have moved to put up barriers to entry.

Three nations — Australia, Britain and Sweden — have made access to their highly attractive higher education systems more difficult for foreigners. Britain and Australia are adjusting visa and immigration policies, while Sweden will, for the first time in modern history, charge tuition for some foreign students.

The moves have led some educators, students and politicians in those countries to warn that having fewer international students would not only hurt the academic prestige of educational institutions, but also their pocketbooks.

In Britain, a parliamentary committee report published on March 17 warned that any new visa caps “could seriously damage the UK’s higher education industry and international reputation.”

Read the remainder of the article here: New Barriers to a Foreign Degree – NYTimes.com.

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