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Clearing of EU students Rises Despite Brexit

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The number of EU Clearing applicants at UK higher education institutions has increased despite fears that students domiciled in Europe could be put off by Britain's recent Brexit vote.

The total number of applicants that have been placed via clearing from the EU reached 26,830 on A level results day, representing a 10.8% increase over the same period a year earlier.

There had been reports that EU students had been put off by the UK's decision to leave the European Union with some European students going as far as withdrawing their applications.

Although the final impact of the vote on EU student numbers will not be known until final acceptance figures are released, the first set of Clearing figures provide a more positive outlook to what could have been a significant decline.

This is particularly true given Theresa May's refusal to guarantee the future immigration status of EU nationals in the UK.

Meanwhile growth in placed applicants from outside the EU increased by 0.4% year-on-year to 29,320. Interestingly however, the number of applicants from outside the EU with a holding offer declined to 14,050, a drop of 12.1% over the previous year.

In total, on A level results day 424,000 students were placed in UK higher education according to figures released by Ucas. This represents a 3% increase over last year and is the highest number ever recorded on A level results day.