Myths and misconceptions

A number of common misunderstandings, often perpetuated in news articles, can hinder sensible debate on international student policies. Here are six commonly held misconceptions:

1. "Any organisation calling itself a college can recruit non-EEA students"

2. "Once students obtain visas, no-one knows where they are and if they even register at universities or colleges"

3. "Once students have arrived and registered, they then don't turn up to study"

4. "Students take housing and/or other UK state benefits"

5. "Students often work rather than studying, taking permanent British jobs"

6. "Students do not, as they should, go home after their studies have been completed"