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Overseas Health Insurance News: High demand for British schools abroad

As the number of Brits moving abroad to become expatriates grows, so does the demand for schools offering a compatible education.

This has led to an increasing trend for British schools opening overseas, with government figures showing such establishments now contribute £1 billion to the UK economy.

But it is not just Brits who wish to send their children to such schools, as many foreign families also see the benefits of getting into Britain's education system.

It is seen as a stepping stone to a place at a university in the UK and eventually a good job in any chosen industry, reports the Telegraph.

High-profile schools that have diversified into the expat market include Marlborough, which opened a branch in Malaysia last year with 350 pupils, but now educates as many as 600.

Joanna Ackerley, a spokesperson for Marlborough College Malaysia, told the news provider: "The admissions team have received a great deal of interest through the year and the school intends to increase at a steady rate, through a process of selective entry, until it reaches a maximum capacity of approximately 1,350 pupils, in 2018."

Meanwhile, Wellington College has plans for an establishment in China, which is scheduled to take on students from August 2014.

Higher education establishments, such as the University of Nottingham and Manchester Business School, are also getting in on the act with campuses in China, Dubai and Singapore.

Education is to be included in the government's GREAT Britain marketing campaign, which only likely to see the proliferation of British schools abroad even more.

In the last ten years the number of British schools worldwide has risen from 2,600 to 6,300, providing expats with more choice than ever.

The United Arab Emirates has more British schools than any other foreign country with approximately 370.

Seeking an education at such a place will make it easier for children to slot back into schooling in the UK should their families return from living abroad.

It also helps with applying to universities as the qualifications gained are guaranteed to be recognised by higher education institutions in Britain.

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