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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 8,710 3.6%
Italy 7,645 3.2%
Cyprus (EU) 7,260 3.0%
Romania 7,220 3.0%
Spain 6,180 2.6%
Germany 6,030 2.5%
Poland 5,965 2.5%
Bulgaria 5,270 2.2%
Greece 5,005 2.1%
Ireland 4,780 2.0%
Lithuania 3,660 1.5%
Portugal 3,275 1.4%
Belgium 2,035 0.9%
Sweden 1,980 0.8%
Czech Republic 1,855 0.8%
Hungary 1,720 0.7%
Netherlands 1,635 0.7%
Finland 1,605 0.7%
Slovakia 1,325 0.6%
Latvia 1,095 0.5%
Austria 1,065 0.4%
Luxembourg 835 0.3%
Denmark 795 0.3%
Estonia 770 0.3%
Gibraltar 720 0.3%
Croatia 560 0.2%
Slovenia 240 0.1%
Malta 185 0.1%
Total 89,430

Top 28 Non-EU Countries

Country Students %
China 41,595 17.4%
Hong Kong 13,180 5.5%
Malaysia 11,910 5.0%
United States 6,505 2.7%
India 6,300 2.6%
Singapore 5,410 2.3%
Nigeria 4,465 1.9%
South Korea 3,205 1.3%
Canada 3,170 1.3%
Norway 3,110 1.3%
United Arab Emirates 3,010 1.3%
Kuwait 2,825 1.2%
Saudi Arabia 2,595 1.1%
Russia 2,530 1.1%
Pakistan 2,385 1.0%
Switzerland 2,330 1.0%
Qatar 2,175 0.9%
Thailand 1,925 0.8%
Oman 1,540 0.6%
Vietnam 1,535 0.6%
Egypt 1,520 0.6%
Kenya 1,370 0.6%
Indonesia 1,245 0.5%
Japan 1,155 0.5%
Turkey 1,120 0.5%
Bahrain 1,075 0.4%
Brunei 990 0.4%
Taiwan 960 0.4%
Total 149,595

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.