I love reading these threads.
For kids who are qualified for Oxbridge, whose families can afford it, and for whom the decision of what to major in/what do I want to study is an obvious one- FANTASTIC.
But in the same way that we all bemoan “credential creep”, these threads encourage “prestige creep”, whereby kids who are NOT qualified for Oxbridge, and do NOT know what they want to major in, and where affordability is a question mark- those kids start to seek out third tier u’s in the UK assuming that “X is to Oxford as my state flagship is to Harvard”. And that is generally NOT accurate, especially if the kid plans to work and settle in the US.
I know families in the real world who are paying an arm and a leg (mostly HELOC/second mortgage type of deals) to send a kid to a U in the UK that really- other than the accents and the wonky calendar, could be a state directional in the US where they would NOT go in to debt to attend. And then they bemoan how hard it is for their kid to get internships in the US during the summer (ya think?) or that the kids academic calendar doesn’t align with their US college attending sibling (ya think?) or that the exchange rate went from “hey, this is affordable” to “OMG, how can we pay THAT?” (exchange rates float- duh, and airfares are sometimes reasonable and sometimes sky high).
So Oxbridge and the problem of the underqualified American- have at it. I will wait to see the “but why can’t MY kid study in the UK?” threads.