Adventurous Manchester and Salford students join one in four who choose to study abroad after leaving school

By James Dickenson

Adventurous students are being enticed abroad as Manchester school leavers and undergraduates join a quarter of British scholars who plan to study overseas.

A new survey by Graduate Prospects showed 24% students in March planned to do continue their studies outside the UK and 73% were strongly interested or considering it.

Just 4% completely ruled it out.

The main motivations behind learning overseas were cited as a desire for adventure (33%) and the intention to build an international career (26%).

Chief executive at Graduate Prospects, Mike Hill said: “There has been a lot of speculation around whether increased fees will provoke people to look further afield for their education, but what this study shows is that wanderlust is the biggest motivator and only a small number of people are looking overseas because they have become discontented with what’s on offer in the UK.”

Further results showed students thought getting education overseas would be cheaper (18%), or were drawn in by the reputation of international institutions (16%) and some were unsatisfied with UK study (8%).

The students surveyed suggested that the most popular destinations would be the USA and Canada (34%), and Europe (28%).

“Perception of the financial implications of study abroad is mixed,” continued Mr Hill. “In fact, there are more people who are concerned about the cost of going abroad to study than there are those who see it as a route to a cheaper education.

He added: “It’s clear that while there is considerable interest in studying overseas, there is limited awareness about what a first degree or postgraduate qualification from a country outside the UK really entails.”

When asked whether anything would deter their decision to study abroad, a third of students cited finance, a quarter were worried about not having adequate language skills and 14% thought that a qualification from an institution overseas may not be widely recognised by employers. 

More than 20,000 registrants have joined Graduate Prospects’ career services for students seeking study abroad since it was launched in 2009. The first quarter of this year has seen a 14% year-on-year increase in visitors to the website at

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