Studying abroadÂ is a choice and we must always pay for our choices, right? However, this choice isÂ significantlyÂ more expensive than others. Here’s how one bright KCL alumnus played the system.
Vlad*Â comes from an Eastern European, non-EU country. Originally, he was meant to pay the full tuition fee of an international student, which at thatÂ time was around Â£10.000 (compared to Â£3.250 for natives and Europeans). That was a tough one for his parents who did not wish to rely on student loans. SoÂ they came up with a risky, brilliantÂ plan.
VladÂ comes from a family where tradition is everything. It is exactly that sort of family in whichÂ girlsÂ areÂ givenÂ their grandmother’s surnames – and boysÂ their grandfathers’. At first, the Vlad’sÂ mother was against following this particular “rule”: she claimed she preferred her child had a more modern name rather than becoming â€œIvan number Xâ€. After weeks of arguments, “duty” won, and Vlad was named after hisÂ grandfather. It is important to note that they shareÂ the same family name (traditions kick in again).
Due to some national conflicts, Vlad’sÂ grandfather was actually born in the UK. So, whenÂ Vlad was filling in his Ucas application Vlad the grandfather was a proud Old Windsor citizen. Although by that time the grandsonâ€™s name had beenÂ slightly changed (blame it on his “liberal” mother), VladÂ changed his name back to the one stated on his birth certificate.
Why? BecauseÂ having his grandfather’s exact name again, he fill his financial formÂ with his UK address as well.Â Unsurprisingly, the system thought the two Vlads were the same person. VladÂ was charged the deduced fee of Â Â£3.250. Needless to say, he made his mother happy.
*names have been changed as the source wishes to remain anonymous