Britain: Post Graduate Student Drops-Out: too Many ESL Students
“Stuart Hill found himself to be the only native English-speaking student out of 27 people on an MSc course in economics and finance at the University of Southampton.
Among these were some students with such poor English, he says, that it was impossible to run a course at postgraduate standard.” - BBC
The disappointed student complained to the authorities at the university that the standard of education was poor, however he received little help. His classmates "could not even converse in basic English, let alone work at a masters degree level," (BBC) thus he felt it was pointless to continue. Thousands of dollars were invested for his program, however only a fraction of the tuition was reimbursed.
Western universities, particularly England, have been receiving more and more oversea students, with a large percentage from non-English speaking countries. Universities are encountering a whole new dilemma where students are prepared for the subject matter, but are ill-equipped with English. Rather than the university turning away from hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign students, many universities have lowered their standards. BBC News reports:
“The number of overseas students taking higher degree courses, such as masters and doctorates, has soared - rising more than eightfold since the mid-1990s.
More than 60% of higher degree students are now from outside the UK…
‘In the past, the system only had to consider the question of maintaining standards – now that they are run like businesses it changes the way they think about recruiting students and awarding degrees’…” - BBC News