I'm not sure this is the right section but I was wondering about something lately: I just went to a new university for my PhD, and I'm making new friends, but someone pointed out (correctly) that I have almost no British friends. Now, I was always surrounded by international students (am an EU citizen myself), but it seems to be even more so the case at this university. Here are some examples: my office has 5 people, only one was born in the UK, and her parents are Asian. I have met a lot of people from different courses during those first few weeks, at welcome events etc., and I swear I talked to maybe a few English people compared to dozens of international students. in my lab, there are 2 English people out of 8 of us. In my masters, where I've had at least 12 different modules, only one of my lecturers was British....
There is more that I could say, but I guess my question really comes down to: Why aren't British people doing PhDs? Is it just my impression or is this really an issue? I understand why there are a lot of undergrads who bring in the money, but having international PhD students is actually more expensive...
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- 22-10-2017 17:39