Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ umbrella body, is warning that without action universities will face a steep drop in EU student numbers post-Brexit.
Currently, students from other EU countries pay the same as home students and are able to take out a government loan. But after Brexit they will be treated like international students from China or India, paying fees of up to £20,000 on some courses, with no access to a loan.
Research has indicated that EU students just want to study abroad, so if UK becomes too expensive they will go elsewhere.
This may result in many courses have to close.
Courses and departments will also face a lack of diversity if 27 countries are no longer represented.