Feb 24, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Brexit created an unexpected shift in EU applications to the UK: there's an uptick.

Last year saw a slump in the number of applications, but now, British universities report an increase in the number of EU applications for undergraduate admissions. 

University of Warwick and University College London (UCL) report high interest from students in the UK, EU, and other countries, even in the shadow of Brexit.

In an article in The Guardian, Professor Seán Hand, University of Warwick's deputy pro-vice-chancellor for Europe reports a 10 percent increase from EU students.

He said, "Paradoxically, Brexit has focused people’s attention on the strength of British universities." He added, "European students appreciate that universities such as Warwick, with strong international connections in research and teaching, would be a place for the best kind of education.”

UCL saw an 11 percent increase in domestic applications. Professor Anthony Smith, UCL's vice provost for education and student affairs said, "This year’s applications reaffirm our status as a global university with one of the biggest multinational student bodies in the UK." He added, “They show that students from the EU and further abroad continue to want a first-class UK higher education, which bodes well for the future post-Brexit."

The increases leave universities in the UK hopeful. In the ongoing debate about international students and migration numbers, Theresa May hinted that she might take a different approach.

In The Guardian, Alistair Jarvis, the chief executive of Universities UK, said, "The increase in international applications shows that the UK remains one of the most attractive destinations in the world for talented, international students."

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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