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particularly for institutions with well-recognized brands, such as Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics (LSE). British master’s degrees are often one-year programs, compared to two years at a U.S. institution making them more affordable. There are also more funding opportunities for taught master’s degrees, in addition to readily available PhD stipends in researchintensive fields such as the sciences and engineering. “The two key things are cost and time, but there are also practical factors in the decisionmaking process such as quality assurance and specialization in a particular subject area. When you look at one year of a master’s as opposed to two and the ability to work in the UK for a year, those factors come into play,” says Richard Everitt, deputy director of the British Council USA. Anne Brooks, an American who earned a master of environmental policy, planning and regulation from the LSE in 2003, confirms that statement. She concluded that a one-year master’s in the UK would be more cost-effective than a U.S. university due to living expenses and lost wages. “Even with full scholarships from U.S. universities, I figured out that LSE would end up costing me less. So the decision to attend university in the United Kingdom was a win-win-win: I earned a prestigious degree, had a chance to live abroad, and saved money in the end.” Others have similar stories. In 2005–2006, Ann-Marie BrunerTracey was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Cardiff University in Wales, where she earned an MA in applied linguistics. She made the decision to go to England for her master’s degree after spending seven years working as an admissions officer and recruiter at her undergraduate institution, Centenary College of Louisiana. “During college in the U.S., it was not possible for me to study abroad, although that was always on the top of my dreams list,” she

says. “I decided to think outside the box and see if my knowledge gained from advising undergraduates about options abroad might not also help me help myself! Since by this point, I was over 30, the idea of spending two years completing a master’s program in the U.S. was less appealing than the same (and equally recognized) qualification in 12 months, especially as I planned to continue with my career following the ‘break.’” While the majority of Americans pursuing degrees in the UK are in masters and PhD programs, enrollment in British undergraduate programs is still a significant piece of the overall pie. According to Mary-Catherine Scarborough, a consultant with the British Council, the decisionmaking process is different for undergraduates than it is for graduate students. For masters and PhD programs, motivations include previous undergraduate study abroad experience, or as Bruner-Tracey mentions above, a desire for an international experience that was missed out on during undergraduate education. “At the undergraduate level, (studying in another country) is brand new. Students might have had a study abroad experience in high school, but it is unlikely to have been in the UK,” she says. Scarborough says there has been an incremental increase in enrollment figures every year. She attributes much of the growth to recent developments in social media, which adds a new dimension to the traditional “word-of-mouth.” “We think the solid increase is due in a large way to the growth of Facebook. The media capability for students to post pictures and stories in regular, everyday communication with friends and family from home has really helped because current high school students can see other students who have graduated and gone to university in the UK. They can see those everyday experiences and compare those to their counterparts who have stayed in the U.S.,” she explains. One of the most popular institutions for undergraduate study is St. Andrews in Scotland, though it attracts a number of postgraduates as well. In 2011–2012, there were 908 full-degree undergraduate students from the United States, as well as 100 doing postgraduate research and 98 doing postgraduate coursework. St. Andrew’s total student population is around 6,000 undergraduates and 1,500 postgraduates. While shorter programs are often a selling point at the postgraduate level, Scotland’s four-year model is popular among many American students because it matches up with the standard U.S. bachelor’s degree. The rest of the UK—England, Wales, and Northern Ireland—have three-year bachelor’s degrees. According to Yvonne Watt, director of international admissions, the United States is the largest international market for St. Andrews and one that has grown year on year over the last 10 years. “In Scotland the undergraduate degree is four years and sits midway between the English and the U.S. system. Students are admitted into a faculty (usually arts or sciences) where they select three subjects in their first year. They decide on their honors (or major/s) at the end of their second year, which they then study in depth for the remaining two years. It enables the students to have both the flexibility of studying different subject areas as well a great depth of study,” she explains.

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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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