Sir Peter Lampl responds to David Willetts on international study in the Independent on Sunday.
David Willetts highlights our US summer schools, which have led to substantial scholarships for bright British students from low- and middle-income families (“Overseas study is good for business”, 13 January 2013). He suggests that such scholarships are rare. In fact, 240 US universities offer substantial scholarships. The majority pay most or all of the cost of fees and living expenses. Total scholarships for overseas students at these universities are worth nearly £400m a year. With US universities offering four-year courses combining breadth with depth, and the chance to graduate with little or no debt, British young people should consider studying in the US a serious option.