- It was found from a study that the number of international students in the UK in 2020/2021 was 452,225 and the number of students from the European Union was 152,905. There was a 9 per cent increase in the overall higher education students in 2020/2021 in the country.
- First-year students from India increased by 2.7 per cent while those from China fell by 5%. This shows that there is a net increase of 13 per cent in the UK-domestic first-year students and an increase of 4 per cent in the non-UK first-year students.
- Similarly, the number of students for the postgraduate degree is also increased for both domestic and international. A refreshed UK international education strategy stated in 2021 that their target is to host 600,000 international students by 2030. Despite the scare of the pandemic, there is an increase in international students and the UK remains an attractive option for higher education.
- The number of international first-year students from outside the EU has been slightly decreased from 2019/2020 but the decline is counterbalanced by an increase of 8 per cent in the non-EU postgraduate students and an increase of 7 per cent in non-EU postgraduate research students.
- In 2020/2021, 32 per cent of the students from non-EU were from China and it has increased up to 50% from the last five years. The UK has also reached a recruitment target given in its international education strategy early.
- Students from India represent 19 per cent of all non-EU enrollments followed by countries such as Nigeria, the US and Hong Kong. There was a decline of 30 per cent from students of Malaysia over the last five years.
- Students from Italy were the most enrolled from the EU followed by France and Romania. University College London, The University of Manchester, The University of Edinburgh, Coventry University and King’s College London were the institutions hosting most international students.
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