Student World Faird Extended For 2012
The largest showcase for international universities in the UK is being extended this year to meet the continued demand for information about studying abroad.
The Student World Fair will be held for the first time in Leeds as well as making a return to Manchester and twice to London during the spring and autumn.
Exhibiting universities from all over the world will also be touring more schools and colleges in the regions following the success of last year’s inaugural roadshow, which ran alongside the main events in London and Manchester.
The announcement by The Student World, which is now in its third year of organising the events, comes as the main UCAS deadline for this year’s applications to UK universities approaches on Tuesday, January 15.
Latest figures for applications to UK universities in 2013 show a six per cent fall, following a record decline of students taking up places in 2012 when tuition fees were trebled to up to £9,000 a year in England.
Jemma Davies, from The Student World, said: “We have seen an increase of up to 25 per cent in both the attendance of students and overseas universities since the first Student World Fair was held in 2011.
“The events in Manchester and London last autumn were the largest to date with 80 international universities from 22 countries all over the world exhibiting.
“The demand from both students and overseas universities has resulted in the Student World Fair being taken to Leeds for the first time and the regional roadshows being doubled with tours in both the spring and autumn.
“We are expecting to attract around 1,500 visitors to each of the main events in London, Leeds and Manchester.”
The Student World Fair is the only event of its kind dedicated to providing a platform for international universities to showcase their degree courses to under-graduates and post-graduates in the UK.
Students, parents and teachers have the chance to meet world-ranked institutions, new universities and agent representatives to find out about opportunities to study in Europe, Asia, North America and beyond.
Jemma added: “With tuition fees of up to £9,000 in the UK, an increasing number of students are becoming aware that it can pay to shop around with more affordable and sometimes free degree courses available overseas.
“Even where fees are similar or higher to those in the UK, they realise that they can get more for their money by gaining a global awareness which can make them stand out to employers in today’s highly-competitive job market.”
The Student World Fair, which is free to attend by registering at www.thestudentworld.com, will be held at the Emirates Stadium, London, on Saturday, March 16, and at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, on Sunday, March 17.
It will be staged at Event City, Manchester, on Saturday, October 12, and at the Emirates Stadium, London, on Sunday, October 13
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