'Last night it became clear that EU students from outside Britain will enjoy the same subsidies at Scottish and Welsh universities as students from those countries, while English students will have to pay the full rate – a difference of up to £5,710.
This inequality exists because nations are required under EU law to charge European students the same rates as home undergraduates.'
So, why do English students pay more in Wales and Scotland than EU students ?
I really don't get it...i thought England was in Europe?
EU students pay less fees to Wales and Scottish Universities than English students. Watch
- Thread Starter
- 03-12-2010 11:52
- 05-12-2010 01:10
If you had read the news article properly then you would've have seen, that 2 paragraphs after what you quoted, it says:"But Brussels is not thought to have powers to stand up for English students. Since England is only a constituent part of the UK, its students are not officially ‘an EU nation’."
I know that doesn't really shed any light on the exact politics of it all but does become a little clearer if I answer your rhetorical question:"I thought England was in Europe?"
England is indeed in Europe, if you classify Europe as a continent… However, England itself is not technically a Member State of the European Union; this also applies to both Wales and Scotland...
Collectively, all 3 are known as Great Britain and if you add Northern Ireland to the mix then it becomes the United Kingdom… It is the United Kingdom that is a Member State of the European Union and not each of the 4 countries individually...
The news article itself is slightly misleading though; in that it gives the impression that this particular 'EU Law' applies to all countries in Europe but it doesn't and it should read as:“This inequality exists because [European Union Member States]
nationsare required under EU law to charge European [Union Member’s] students the same rates as [other European Union Member’s] home undergraduates."Last edited by FoZiOk; 05-12-2010 at 01:15.
- 05-12-2010 21:40
This is already the case with EU students in Scotland, so I really don't see why this is news now at all.