"University language departments are warning that the increase in tuition fees in England could undermine their ability to recruit students", according to this BBC News article. "Many language degrees include an extra year abroad - and there are fears that students will not want to pay up to £36,000 for a four-year course."
With languages already seen by many aspiring sixth-formers as a side-subject after being rendered non compulsory a few years ago, compared with the urgent need for language graduates in the UK, this is great news for those who deem it necessary to further diminish the number of students taking A-levels and GCSEs in modern languages.
Once seen as a decisive factor in opting to study foreign languages, the extra year spent abroad as part of all language degrees in the UK in which students develop their fluency and cultural knowledge, now counts against its attractivity, incurring up to £9,000 more debt.
The government allegedly recognises the importance of modern languages, but with hundreds of arts organisations finding out today whether or not they face the chop, what's to stop Modern Languages from suffering?
One one hand, Universities such as Essex are role models in fronting the fight back with plans to fund its own subsidy when fees are increased, so that language students will not pay any fees for the extra fourth year.
On the other hand, however, the funding cuts and tuition fees rises have pushed University of the West of England to amputate all modern language courses.
This all forms part of government's plan to salvage the sinking economy, and what better way than to remove the career prospects of thousands and a sector of industry simply vital to trading with the 75% of the world's population who don't speak English?