International student enrollment in UK universities

  • The UK is the second most popular study destination worldwide. According to official international enrollment statistics, 458,490 foreign students were attending university in UK.
  • As of 2017/18, international enrollment at UK universities expanded by 3.6% compared to the previous year.
  • New enrollees share 54% (247,685) of the total international students in UK.

The most popular countries of origin for international students in UK

  • China, India, US, Hong Kong and Malaysia are the top five most popular countries of origin for international students in UK.
  • Altogether, students from these five countries equate to 38% of the total international enrollment in UK universities.
  • China remains at the top as in 2017/18, a number of 106,530 Chinese students were enrolled at UK universities, followed by India (19,750).
  • EU students share 30% of foreign students at UK universities. As of 2017/18, 139,150 EU students were enrolled at UK universities.

Top EU countries which send most international students to UK

  • Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Greece are the most popular countries of origin for EU students enrolled at UK universities.
  • As of 2017/18, 13,985 Italians were attending university in 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).

The 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 attending an undergraduate degree.
  • Statistically, 56% (255,785) of all international students in UK are enrolled in an undergraduate course.
  • A number of 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.

How much it costs to study in the UK

  • UK universities are allowed to charge resident students up to £9,250, and at some universities, this may involve international students also
  • Additionally, the UK visa regulation requires you to have at least £1,015 in your bank account monthly
  • In Northern Ireland, you’d expect cheaper tuition fees. For example, as an EU student in an NI university, you will be paying £4,160 per an academic year.
  • In general, at its minimum international students will have to pay £10,000 per year for their tuition fees, up to over £38,000.
  • Costs of living in the UK are significantly higher, but you can save quite a lot by making the proper selection of your place of living. In London is more expensive than in a rural area and is more expensive in downtown areas than in a suburb neighborhood. Overall, your basic monthly expenses will be around £1,000 to £1,500.

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