London Metropolitan University: Overseas students react
- 30 August 2012
- From the section UK
London Metropolitan University has had its right to sponsor students from outside the EU revoked, and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas.
The decision could leave more than 2,000 undergraduates potentially facing deportation.
Here, overseas students enrolled at the university describe the effect this is going to have on their education and future.
Ashiqur Rahman, Bangladesh
I am a third year student at London Met, doing a bachelor degree of computer science. I have one semester (term) to go.
I have already spent £25,000 on tuition fees, which cover the whole course, not to mention the living expenses.
I checked with a few other universities about a possibility to transfer there, but they told me that I can do it in my second but not in my third year.
That means that I have to spend extra money and unnecessarily prolong my studies.
I don't know if I can afford to pay so much extra money. My dad is getting retired now and he is the one who is paying for my education.
I had admission offers from Australian and Canadian universities, but I chose a British degree because they are most valued in the world.
This is a complete waste of my time and money. Who will take me and what is to happen of my future?
I think the Home Office should reconsider, they should let current students finish their degrees and apply the rule only to new students.
Bibek Pokharel, Nepal
I've done one semester (term) at the London Met and I have two more to go. I've already paid nearly £9,375 in tuition fees.
I come from a poor country with one dream - to get a degree from a British university. My poor family saved money for this, I also managed to save some money to make that possible.
Some of my Nepalese friends who are studying at this university received loans that they will need to repay. This is causing all of us a huge amount of distress.
I don't know what to do. I can't simply switch to another university where I'll have to start from scratch. I simply don't have the money to do that.
If the university refunds me the tuition fees, then maybe I'll be able to do that.
Until then - no money and no degree - that's the cause of my frustration!
Donna Marie Winstanley, Hong Kong
I am a third year international relations student who loves London and I am just sitting at home in shock.
I'm just surprised because I phoned the university yesterday to ask about how much next year's fees would be and I specifically questioned what was happening with the international students. I was told that only new students would be affected; but now reading around, that information doesn't seem to be right.
If you have studied in London, you are more likely to get a better job in Asia.
I was hoping to get a job at a non-governmental organisation when I had finished, but now I have no idea what is going on.
I've already paid around £16,000 in fees and was preparing to pay just over £8,000 for this year's fees.
I don't want to leave.
Naloeva Ziza, Nalchik, Russia
I am due to complete my masters degree in human resource management at London Metropolitan University.
All I have left is my dissertation to do. It's almost finished but now I can't even submit it.
My government paid for my education - I think so far the cost has been about £9,000.
I need to complete my education so that I can then at least start looking for a job. Now I have no idea what I'm going to do.
I'm in Russia so I can't even go down to the university's buildings to try to find out what is happening.
Henri Dimushi, Tirana, Albania
I saw the news on London Metropolitan University's website, and then I saw the story on the BBC News website and I was shocked.
I emailed the university to find out what is going on, but I haven't heard back from them.
My friends and I have spent thousands of pounds on accommodation and flight tickets. We do not know how we are going to get our money back if we do not find another university through clearing.
Last year I did an international foundation course at Queen Mary University of London and I still have belongings stored in London. But now I'm unable to re-enter the UK even to take back my stuff.
I feel betrayed by London Met and the UK Border Agency for preventing me and students like me from starting or continuing our future studies.
I don't know what the university's solution will be but I hope it will be a good one.
Danish Ashraf, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I am studying Business Law and Management at London Metropolitan University and have just completed my first year.
Now my parents and I are extremely worried about what is going to happen after hearing the news.
I don't know if any other university will accept me for the second year and I feel it's pointless doing my first year again.
I spent around £10,000-£11,000 on my first year and I had no idea this was going to happen.
They didn't mention anything in our final weeks - they just said we may be moving campuses next term. The university has not contacted me at all.
It is already very expensive to study in the UK.
Abhimanyu Agarwal, Calcutta, India
This issue has created problems for many thousands of students worldwide and put their careers, jobs, life, money and everything else at stake.
I had already booked my flight to come over and study in London in September.
We were given assurances that the university was working closely with the UKBA to resolve the issue.
I'm lucky I didn't make any further payments but I had already spent nearly £1,000 just trying to get my documentation ready.
I have no idea what to do.
A UK degree is renowned and accepted worldwide - that's why I applied. Many universities elsewhere won't accept me at such a late stage.
But the UKBA's decision is not a good sign - the UK changed their immigration rules considerably last year which lead to many of people deciding not to study in the UK.
This decision sends a message to the international community that international students are not welcome.
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