International Student Statistics in UK 2019

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International students in UK growth trend over the years

  • The UK is the second most popular study destination worldwide. As of 2017/18, according to official international enrollment statistics, 458,520 international students were attending university in the UK.
  • As of 2017/18, international enrollment at UK universities increased by 3.6% compared to the previous year.
  • New enrollees share 54% (247,685) of the total international students in UK.

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Top countries of origin of international students in the UK

  • China, India, US, Hong Kong, and Malaysia are the top five most popular countries of origin of international students in the UK.
  • Students from these five countries make 38% of the total international enrollment at UK universities.
  • China continues to be the top country of origin of international students in the UK. As of 2017/18, 106,530 Chinese students were enrolled at UK universities, followed by India with 19,750 students and The United States with 18,885 students.
  • EU students share 30% of foreign students at UK universities. As of 2017/18, 139,150 EU students were enrolled at UK universities.

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Top EU countries which send most international students to UK

  • Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Greece are the top five countries of origin of EU students enrolled at UK universities.
  • As of 2017/18, 13,985 students from Italy were attending university in the UK followed by France (13,660) and Germany (13,545).
  • Of the total EU enrollment, first-year students accounted for 62,270 students, while 76,880 EU students were studying at higher years.

International Students Statistics By HE Provider

  • By Higher Education Provider, England is the top popular choice for international students in UK.
  • As of 2017/18, 377,140 foreign students were attending university in England, 54,235 in Scotland, 21,350 in Wales and 5,765 in Northern Ireland.
  • English universities have reported for 108,335 EU students, Scotland (21,605), Wales (6,640) and Northern Ireland (2,565).

Most popular subjects for International students in UK

  • The top five favourite degrees for international students in UK are: Business & Administrative studies, Engineering & Technology, Social Studies, Creative Arts and Design, Biological Sciences.
  • Last year, 126,955 international students in UK were pursuing a degree in Business & Administrative studies, more than in any other subject.
  • International enrollment in Computer Science courses has experienced the largest growth in UK universities. According to statistics, between 2016/17 and 2017/18, the international student population in these degrees increased by 13.8%, from 19,330 to 22,000.

International students in UK by academic level

  • The majority of international students in UK are studying at the undergraduate level.
  • Statistically, 56% (255,785) of all international students in UK are enrolled in an undergraduate course.
  • 104,555 of these students were first-year students, as opposed to 151,145 students who were studying at higher years.
  • Postgraduate students, on the other hand, share 44% of the international student population in UK.
  • Out of 202,785 international postgraduate students, 143,130 were first-year students while the remainder of 59,660 students was studying at higher years.

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