UK visa changes have impact on MBA applications

July 4, 2012

International-student applications to MBA programs in the UK have been hit by unwelcoming government changes to visa policies, according to a survey from the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Applications to full-time MBA courses, where foreign students represent 90% of the intake, were down by a fifth in 2011 compared to the previous year. AMBA's chief executive says there had been a "huge amount" of poor press in India over the last 15 months that had given the impression that the UK was closing its doors to foreign students. However, there "hasn't been such an impact" in China, she says. The removal of the right to stay and work in the UK for 2 years after completing a degree has also hit recruitment, the AMBA official says. Times Higher Education