In light of Britain’s recent tuition hikes, one prestigious boarding school is encouraging their students to attend university abroad. Hockerill Anglo-European College, a boarding school that prepares students to take the International Baccalaureate, says that its students should leverage their foreign language skills to apply for university outside of England. Students at Hockerill can study German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin or Japanese.
The school’s principle, Simon Dennis, told The New York Times that Hockerill has hired a counselor specifically to help students apply to less expensive programs in other countries. “If you can get into the École Normale Supérieure in France and pay about £180 a year for an education at one of the best institutions in the world, why would you pay £9,000 a year in Britain?” asked Mr. Dennis. Some students even feel that international programs offer broader areas of study, in addition to lower fees.
This strategy might be appealing to students in the U.S. students, seeing that university tuition is considerably lower in many other countries. However, most high school programs lack the intensive foreign language programs that would make such an option viable.