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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 e-book explores altering British coverage and perform, and altering scholar event, set in the context of British social and political historical past.

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2 Students from West Indies admitted to Cambridge, 1690–1799 West Indies students Annual admissions of admitted students 1690s 1700s 1710s 1720s 1730s 1740s 1750s 1760s 1770s 1780s 1790s 3 7 18 16 12 18 39 43 30 33 48 total 267 238 249 223 225 163 157 149 116 140 171 162 Source: Venn database; Stone ‘Size and composition’, 92. Internationalism Reshaped, 1185–1800 33 Students from northern Europe now travelled in increasing numbers to Britain. 62 Continental travellers came to teach as well as to learn.

75 Ireland’s part in the story of student mobility in early modern Europe is as a sending rather than a receiving country. Universities in both England and Scotland had survived the Reformation, even as it swept away the monasteries and abbeys, banned the teaching of canon law which had been one of their main functions and rejected the papal authority on which their privileges rested. The English universities’ adoption of a new role, serving the needs of the expanded Tudor state and training the clergy of the Church of England, brought them increased 36 A History of Foreign Students in Britain numbers, wealth and status.

The Reformation, and the assertions of Tudor authority, broke up the family of universities to which Oxford, Cambridge and the new Scottish universities had belonged. They had shared a commitment to training for the Catholic priesthood and enjoyed freedom of movement for scholars and tutors. Europe’s universities now began to fall into three groups. The English and Scottish universities, to be joined by the University of Edinburgh and Trinity College Dublin, formed part of a group of Protestant universities, mainly in northern Europe.

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