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EU applicants to Northumbria rises whilst declining nationally

31st July 2017

A North East university is bucking the trend in recruiting EU students.

Northumbria University, Newcastle has seen an overall increase of 37% in students from the EU applying to study at the university, despite a 5% drop nationally.

The number of EU students applying to start an undergraduate degree course in September at Northumbria rose by 50% compared to the previous year, while applications for postgraduate qualifications rose by 17%.

The rise is despite a downward trend nationally and comes after the development of a new strategy by Northumbria to its targeting of EU countries.

Rob Carthy, Director of International Development at Northumbria University said: “We are delighted at the increase in EU applicants to the university; whilst other universities have struggled we have deliberately taken a proactive approach. We are a truly global university with 30,000 students from 100 different countries.

“This success is directly attributable to our targeted international recruitment strategy, adopted two years ago, which involved centralising our international recruitment, developing our targeting methods and an innovative marketing strategy.

“There is no doubt that Brexit has understandably caused some nervousness in the marketplace, but EU students enrolling in September, and the year after, can still access the same financial support  as those from the UK. The Government has also alluded to a transitional arrangement which means EU students could potentially access funding after Brexit, which would ensure the UK remains an attractive destination for European students.”

Northumbria University currently has a limited number of places available for high quality students through Clearing this summer. For more information, visit or call the Clearing Hotline on 0800 085 1085.

More information about Northumbria’s international recruitment is available at

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