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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 7,375 3.4%
Cyprus (EU) 6,850 3.1%
Italy 6,025 2.7%
Romania 5,940 2.7%
Germany 5,580 2.5%
Bulgaria 5,315 2.4%
Ireland 4,985 2.3%
Greece 4,600 2.1%
Spain 4,480 2.0%
Poland 4,210 1.9%
Lithuania 3,490 1.6%
Sweden 2,155 1.0%
Belgium 1,930 0.9%
Portugal 1,855 0.8%
Finland 1,525 0.7%
Hungary 1,485 0.7%
Netherlands 1,430 0.6%
Czech Republic 1,175 0.5%
Latvia 1,120 0.5%
Slovakia 1,085 0.5%
Austria 1,025 0.5%
Luxembourg 825 0.4%
Estonia 795 0.4%
Denmark 690 0.3%
Gibraltar 645 0.3%
Croatia 250 0.1%
Slovenia 200 0.1%
Malta 165 0.1%
Total 77,205

Top 28 Non-EU Countries

Country Students %
China 36,065 16.4%
Hong Kong 14,095 6.4%
Malaysia 13,050 5.9%
Nigeria 6,180 2.8%
Singapore 6,060 2.8%
India 5,535 2.5%
United States 5,265 2.4%
Norway 3,860 1.8%
South Korea 2,895 1.3%
Canada 2,880 1.3%
Saudi Arabia 2,735 1.2%
Russia 2,575 1.2%
Pakistan 2,365 1.1%
United Arab Emirates 2,305 1.0%
Switzerland 2,010 0.9%
Kuwait 1,935 0.9%
Vietnam 1,935 0.9%
Qatar 1,870 0.8%
Thailand 1,685 0.8%
Oman 1,360 0.6%
Kenya 1,310 0.6%
Brunei 1,295 0.6%
Japan 1,210 0.6%
Bangladesh 1,090 0.5%
Indonesia 1,025 0.5%
Bahrain 955 0.4%
Egypt 935 0.4%
Turkey 895 0.4%
Total 142,680

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.