Today, I come with an article. It’s in Danish, but I guess Google Translate can help getting to the main point (which is what I am going to discuss here).
The problem seems to be that more students arrive to Denmark in the well-known ERASMUS programs than Danes go out. Because the number of foreign students wanting to study in Denmark is growing much faster than the number of Danes that want to study abroad, the Universities are going to have to reject a lot more people in the coming years (several hundreds more).
To me, they make it sound (and this happens often) as if foreign students were coming here to abuse the Danish well-fare system with some sort of premeditation. I don’t know how it works in the rest of Europe, but I paid for my Erasmus program, in my home university. Paid for courses that I wasn’t even gonna take there. So maybe, a solution would be that part of that money would have gone to the university that is receiving the students?
Apart from that, the coming students might not be paying for the education itself, but they are bringing A LOT of money to the country in terms of, for example, taxes. Some of them try to find a job, some successfully, many come and spend all their savings in studying here (as I did the first time). Because, ladies and gentlemen, we do not get SU. And this is something many people (Danish students or employers) seems to be surprised about when they find out. I’ve found a lot of people who assumed we were also – as Danes – getting money from the government for basically doing nothing (yeah, okay, studying). Most of the students don’t fulfill all the requirements necessary to obtain SU as an international citizen.
I understand that there need to be cutbacks somewhere, but they need to be aware of the impact that is going to have. I wouldn’t be here today, doing my masters, engaged to the love of my life, working in a wonderful place… if I hadn’t spent my Erasmus year here 3 years ago. Who knows where I’d be, probably in some other country (where they would be pleased to have someone with my qualifications ;P).
Honestly, for a place that seems to have the will of recruiting international high-skilled workers and retain them, closing the doors to education here doesn’t seem like a good move.