(Yicai Global) Nov. 27 -- Claims that eight British universities will stop accepting Chinese students are nothing but rumors, and those looking to study abroad should not be deceived, according to China's education ministry.
The United Kingdom is one of the world's most attractive destinations for international students and more than 480,000 learners from 200 countries and regions look to study there every year, the Ministry of Education said on Weibo on Nov. 25, citing an announcement from the British Council and the universities in question.
Several articles have been circulating online recently suggesting that Durham University, Queen Mary University of London, and the Universities of Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield would set higher entrance requirements for Chinese students -- such as mandating attendance at an elite college in China -- or stop accepting Chinese students' applications for certain majors.
The UK welcomes students from any country, including China, to study there, the statement added, saying international students have added new life to British academic research and contribute to the diversity of society there.
There are no limits on international students who meet university entrance requirements, it continued, noting that each university in the UK sets its own demands for specific courses. The eight universities all said they welcome international students as they always did and will accept applications from qualified students who are applying to study in 2019.
Editor: James Boynton