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Where do International Students Come From?

This table gives an overview of the international student population in the UK. On the left are the numbers of European students who choose to study in the UK. On the right you can see the numbers of international students from countries outside of the European Union (EU).

EU Countries

Country Students %
France 8,425 3.6%
Italy 7,390 3.2%
Romania 7,055 3.0%
Cyprus (EU) 7,030 3.0%
Spain 5,955 2.6%
Germany 5,865 2.5%
Poland 5,775 2.5%
Bulgaria 5,185 2.2%
Greece 4,795 2.1%
Ireland 4,595 2.0%
Lithuania 3,540 1.5%
Portugal 3,195 1.4%
Belgium 1,970 0.8%
Sweden 1,945 0.8%
Czech Republic 1,810 0.8%
Hungary 1,645 0.7%
Netherlands 1,575 0.7%
Finland 1,575 0.7%
Slovakia 1,280 0.5%
Latvia 1,065 0.5%
Austria 1,035 0.4%
Luxembourg 805 0.3%
Denmark 775 0.3%
Estonia 745 0.3%
Gibraltar 695 0.3%
Croatia 545 0.2%
Slovenia 235 0.1%
Malta 175 0.1%
Total 86,675

Top 28 Non-EU Countries

Country Students %
China 40,940 17.6%
Hong Kong 12,865 5.5%
Malaysia 11,710 5.0%
United States 6,355 2.7%
India 6,185 2.7%
Singapore 5,255 2.3%
Nigeria 4,325 1.9%
Canada 3,140 1.3%
South Korea 3,140 1.3%
Norway 3,050 1.3%
United Arab Emirates 2,945 1.3%
Kuwait 2,780 1.2%
Russia 2,480 1.1%
Saudi Arabia 2,460 1.1%
Pakistan 2,350 1.0%
Switzerland 2,255 1.0%
Qatar 2,135 0.9%
Thailand 1,880 0.8%
Oman 1,505 0.6%
Egypt 1,500 0.6%
Vietnam 1,495 0.6%
Kenya 1,330 0.6%
Indonesia 1,220 0.5%
Japan 1,115 0.5%
Turkey 1,100 0.5%
Bahrain 1,050 0.4%
Brunei 970 0.4%
Taiwan 935 0.4%
Total 146,485

Based on data supplied by Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA), 2016-17. To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Acts 1998, all student numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.