record number of international students at UK universities

numbers on the rise

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According to the latest figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the number of international students studying at UK universities hit a record high in the last academic year. The data showed that in 2018/19 there was a 5.9% rise on the previous year, with an additional 27,155 overseas students in higher education here.

Of the total number of 485,645, the majority of students once again came from China (120,385), and a huge increase of 35% meant that India remained the second largest source, with 26,685 students enrolling at UK universities. The USA was the third largest provider with 20,120 students and, despite a slight decrease of -1.3%, Hong Kong came in fourth after sending 16,135 students to study higher education courses in the UK.

Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International

"We're pleased to see that international student numbers continue to grow in the UK. A recent study revealed that international students are highly satisfied with their experiences at UK universities, as well as enjoying significant career benefits after graduating. The growth in the number of international students studying in the UK is testament to this world class offer”.
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International

top destinations

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In terms of the institutions receiving the highest numbers of international students, the top three remained the same. University College London (UCL) retained its title as the number one destination, with an intake of 19,635 students. The University of Manchester was second with 14,440, and The University of Edinburgh third with 13,185.

To read more about the results of this report, click the link below to an article from Study Travel Magazine.

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