UK: English language schools fear new visa rules

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Tue Jan 19 15:40:15 UTC 2010

The Guardian


English language schools fear new visa rules


Though the English Riviera may no longer be a huge draw for British holidaymakers, it is still, nonetheless, a magnet for many foreign visitors. Every year, English language schools concentrated by the seaside in places such as Bournemouth, Poole, Eastbourne and Brighton attract hundreds of thousands of overseas students braving the unpredictable weather.

It has been estimated that 600,000 people come to the UK to learn English, bringing £1.5bn to the economy. Just over half of them go on to more study of some kind, either in further or higher education or to take professional qualifications.

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