A History of Foreign Students in Britain by H. Perraton

By H. Perraton

Overseas scholars have travelled to Britain for hundreds of years and, from the start, attracted controversy. This publication explores altering British coverage and perform, and altering scholar event, set in the context of British social and political heritage.

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66 The four Scottish universities remained small and predominantly local institutions. 68 From the outset, 34 A History of Foreign Students in Britain however, Scottish universities expected to attract some foreign students. 70 In the late seventeenth century foreign student numbers were declining, in Scotland as in much of Europe. The numbers rose, however, in the next century when Scottish universities benefited in four ways from their particular strengths. First, they were all urban universities, located near to centres of commerce and industry, which helped their curricula respond to new demands for scientific education.

Trinity College Dublin was slower than Oxford or Cambridge in admitting women to the fringes of the university but then, in 1904, leapt ahead and admitted them as full members. Reform encouraged expansion and university numbers increased from the 1850s. Despite the changes, which increased the universities’ international appeal, Britain enrolled few from the continent. 8 Universities slowly made life easier for those who came to Britain. In 1871 Oxford introduced a category of special students and began awarding BLitt and BSc degrees, and diplomas in economics and forestry in a move away from the constrictions of the centuries-old BA.

Kerr 1913 Scottish education school and opportunity, Cambridge, 378ff. with overseas proportion estimated from R. D. Anderson 1983 Education and opportunity in Victorian Scotland, Oxford, 296–8;1900: British numbers, UGC Report 1929/30–1934/5, 52, Indian numbers, Lahiri ‘Indians’, 5. It was easy to travel to Britain in the nineteenth century, whether to study or as a response to its expanding economy. Passports were rare before 1915 and there were no legal barriers to migration into Britain. The country’s standing as an imperial and industrial power drew travellers, immigrants and students.

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