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Brits are “deluded” if they think international students want to abuse the system to stay in the country after finishing their courses, according to an entrepreneur who studied here.

Djordje Novakovic left the country for France shortly after finishing a master’s degree in risk management and investment at Westminster University in 2020.
The 25-year-old said that before enrolling he was “incredibly excited” to come to the UK but was “sorely disappointed” when he arrived.

“London is an incredible city with so much going on. It’s a shame the rest of the UK can’t live up to it,” he said.

“When I was studying here, I found that a lot of British people convinced themselves that everyone wants to move to the UK because it’s better than everywhere else.

“They deluded themselves to think that international students were abusing the system en masse to remain after their courses.
“Maybe a few did but in my experience a lot of my peers wanted to leave after completing their studies.

“We have a positive view of London, but – if we’re honest – there are much better and far cheaper places to live.”

Djordje spent £30,000 on his course in the UK, whereas his bachelor’s degree at the HEC Lausanne in Switzerland cost nothing.

The French national – who now works in Crypto, NFTs and real estate – believes this price tag wasn’t worth it.
This, combined with the UK government’s increasing desire to cut the number of international students, is already putting off lots of his younger peers from coming to the UK.
He said: “All these small-minded people who are obsessed with cutting migration need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
“We bring in so much money, we’re basically bankrolling loads of the UK’s universities.

“Without foreign students a lot of them would go bankrupt.”

Djordje spoke shortly after James Cleverly claimed international students may be “undermining the integrity and quality of the UK higher education system” by using university courses as a cheap way of getting work visas.
In a letter to the Migration Advisory Committee, the home secretary asked it to investigate whether the graduate visa entitlement – allowing international students to work for two or three years after graduating – was failing to attract “the brightest and the best”.

Mr Cleverly said that while the government wanted “talented students from around the world”, it also wanted “to ensure the graduate route is not being abused. In particular, that some of the demand for study visas is not being driven more by a desire for immigration”.

University leaders have previously said that cutting or restricting the graduate visa route will lead to a drastic fall in international recruitment, and provoke a financial crisis for universities.

All this emerged as the number of international students taking up postgraduate places at UK universities has fallen sharply.

According to commercial data from Enroly, used to manage one in three offers to overseas students, there was a 37 per cent drop in the number of international offers for UK postgraduate courses in January 2024 compared with January last year.

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