International Students: The Facts

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  • Choose the UK as your study abroad destination to experience the different cultures of the United Kingdom, and you'll also meet students from all over the world – more than 430,00 students every year come from overseas to study in the UK!

Facts and figures

In this section you can find out:

But, before you look further, it is important to know that the data we have used are based solely on the numbers of international students attending a particular university and say nothing about the quality of that university.

Useful websites for international students

  • If you're thinking of studying in the UK for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you'll have lots of questions. Ask us a question and our experts will be happy to answer them for you and offer any further advice they can.
  • We also recommend the British Council website, where you can find details of their support services for international students.
  • The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is another useful source of advice and information on issues like immigration, permission to work and tuition fee status.

Background research

  • The data displayed in these tables are based on overseas students enrolling in all years of first degree courses at UK universities in 2016–17 and are the latest figures available. They exclude those students whose complete study programmes were outside the UK but include the majority of students taking part in EU exchange programmes such as ERASMUS, TEMPUS and LINGUA at UK universities.