A successful intervention by OUSU has saved freshers taking year abroad in 2013/14 almost £3000 each.
The lowering of fees will apply to students studying Arabic, Russian and European and Middle-Eastern Languages, a group of over 50 students.
It was initially thought that due to government changes in student fees, Home/EU students going abroad for their second year in 2013/14 would have to pay £4,500 fees, almost £3,000 more that students in the year above (who paid £1,725) or students in the year below (who will pay £1,350).
The students affected contacted OUSU, and following successful discussions between the University and the Student Union, the University agreed for fees to be reduced.
David Messling, OUSU Vice-President (Access & Academic Affairs) said, “We’re pleased to see that the University has responded to OUSU’s concerns over the unfairness of the £4,500 fee, and agreed, at relatively short notice, to make the change!”