These graphs show yearly numbers of new international
student enrollments in the UK across ten years from 2007 – 2017.
We can see that growth in enrollments from both within
the EU and outside the EU has stagnated since 2010.
In the EU, there is notable decline from top senders
such as France, Germany, Greece and Ireland since well before the 2016 EU
referendum. There was a particular drop in growth between 2011 and 2012, which
could have been triggered by the rise in tuition fees for undergraduates from
£3,000 a year to £9,000.
Internationally, growth has largely been driven by the
consistent rise in the number of new enrollments from China, although even here
there was a small plateau in growth between 2011 and 2014. With the notable
exception of the US and Singapore, most other major sending countries have seen a decline in
growth. India has seen some recovery in the number of enrollments to the UK in
recent years, with significant growth of 28% in 2017.
These graphs show:
The figures shown are from November 2010 – August 2018
and are broken down by quarter.
Growth in higher education institution sponsored
student visas has been gradual across the period, with a slight plateau from
The latest figures show:
This graph shows applications received through UCAS
from international students from within the EU and from outside the EU between
2010 – 2019.
Currently, the data from outside the EU represents
only a small proportion of international applicants, as many students from
outside the EU do not apply through UCAS. From across the EU though, 98% of all
applications are made through UCAS.
The EU data in this graph shows very clearly the
significant dips in new applications from EU students in both 2012 and 2016. These
changes may have been influenced by the rise in tuition fees in 2012 and the EU
referendum result in 2016. Encouragingly, both cases have been followed by some
recovery in growth, although recovery since 2016 has been minimal.
Drawing on online traffic of 77 million visits per
year to IDP Connect’s international course search sites, the IDP Connect insights
tool shows where, and what, students across the world are interested in
Use the graph below to see where students across major
sending countries are looking to study: how do we compare to other popular
For further search data, analysis and a look at how
IDP Connect data compares to student enrollment figures, take a look at IDP
Connect and UUKi’s joint international student behaviour data briefings.
Indian student search data [PDF]
International student search behaviour 1 [PDF]
International student search behaviour 2 [PDF]
India is a key sending country for UK universities,
but there have been significant fluctuations in the number of Indian students
choosing to study in the UK over recent years. The graph below shows how the
Indian market is diversifying: where previously Delhi has dominated in terms of
sending students to study abroad, there is now a much more even spread of
students across India who are looking to study outside the country.