Irina Dinoci, 20, from Romania, is studying for a BA in events management.

OBVIOUSLY, I'm not very happy about Cameron's rhetoric. His idea to limit access to benefits sounds crap. I suppose they have to do what they have to do to cut costs, but as a student I really don't agree with that. After all, you are helping the economy by paying fees.

I don't know many people planning to come to the UK from Romania and Bulgaria. There's this big fuss about how after restrictions are gone everyone's going to run to the UK and invade, but it's not like that. Yes, it's an opportunity, but that doesn't mean everyone's going to come and steal all the jobs.

I hate the fact that everyone's been taking it so personally. It's become such a huge argument and everyone's being so aggressive, trying to protect their own nationality and integrity.

They start attacking each other and I hate that. If they just took a more diplomatic approach, maybe the situation wouldn't be so painful.

I don't follow the media and politics much but it feels like they are playing up to fears. The suggested campaign to anti-promote the UK to Romania – saying "No, no, in the UK it rains too much, don't come here, it's crap" – is just degrading, you can't do that.

It won't dissuade people from Romania and Bulgaria coming here, actually it will be the other way round. People will be more stubborn and say: "You don't want us to come? Well, guess what, we want to come even more now." It's kind of like when you tell a kid not to eat chocolate, that's exactly what he is going to do.

Alaa Alghazo, 26, from Jordan is studying for a Masters in control engineering.

People come to the UK to study because of the reputation of the universities. This is not cheap. It can cost international students up to £30,000.

All foreign students are paying high prices for their education, which is bringing money. One of my fellow students pays about £4,000 for my course. I pay £12,000. You can imagine how much money we make the university.

Attracting international students is now part of the budget for Scottish universities. They depend on them. After the financial crisis a lot of universities had their government support slashed, so they need another source of cash.

There was a lot of competition when I decided to take on a Masters degree after working in Saudi Arabia. I could have gone to Australia, America and Canada.

So when David Cameron talks tough about immigrants it will have an impact. You will pay a hell of a lot of money and if you don't feel relaxed in a country you won't go there, regardless of the ranks of the universities.

Krysto Cheung, 22, from Hong Kong, is in the middle of an undergraduate degree in Management.

I think the Prime Minister's comments were OK. Of course here in Scotland they should care about their local residents more than international people. It's not really a big deal. I don't think the comments will put off other Chinese students coming here. If they want to come, they'll just come anyway because it's a personal choice.

There are a lot of students from China studying over here. Often it just feels like I'm back in Hong Kong walking the streets because there are so many around. I reckon if I meet 10 new people, approximately five of them will be Chinese.

It's because there is good education here, unlike China. And I have not experienced racism here, unlike in other parts of the UK.

Limiting access to benefits won't give Chinese students here any problems. I've never heard them complain about these things. Usually those that come over here are from rich families so they don't really care about how much money they spend. In my view they won't care about these measures

Aly Bovaird, 28, (pictured below) from America is taking a Masters in festival and events management.

I wouldn't say that Britain is a soft touch on immigration at all. There was nothing easy or soft about the processes I had to go through. To get my visa I had to get over all sorts of barriers. I had to show that I had a certain amount of money in my back account; I had to get finger-printed; I had to go down to a meeting with the border agency. I also had to list every country I had visited in the past 10 years and the dates I'd been there.

I've chosen to undertake a postgraduate degree in Scotland, so I'm paying the full tuition. Yet I'm unable to stay here and work after my course is over. I've got to go four months after I complete my course, unless an employer sponsors a visa extension.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who do take advantage of the system. But it seems unfair to punish those who genuinely are keen to study and then give back to the UK. I'm not looking to sponge on anything and I'm not necessarily looking for free healthcare.