“We welcome the Government’s commitment to a detailed examination
of the net benefits of international students. This is an opportunity to build
on the considerable evidence that shows that international students have a very
positive impact on the UK economy and local communities.
The UK currently welcomes 437,000 overseas students, making us the
second most popular destination for international students after the US. Our
research shows international student satisfaction in the UK is higher than in
the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany or the Netherlands. The UK is the most
recommended study destination at every level, when compared to our key
competitors. Many students return home having built strong professional and
personal links to the UK which remain long after they graduate. Others
successfully apply for visas to undertake graduate jobs, adding to the contribution
they make to the UK and enhancing their own career prospects.
These international students enrich our campuses and the
experience of UK students. Research by HEPI and HEA shows that over
three-quarters of students agree that studying alongside people from other
countries is useful preparation for working in a global environment. 76% agree
that it gives them a better world view. Exceptional levels of student
engagement in the sector-wide #WeAreInternational campaign further underlines
how UK students welcome their international counterparts.”
Notes to Editors
Universities UK International and iGraduate research on
international student satisfaction can
be found here.
HEPI and HEA report What do home students think of
studying with international students? can be
More information on the #WeAreInternational campaign can be found here.
Information for those interested in studying in the UK can be
found via the Study UK: Discover You website here.