Higher education is increasingly globalised. A growing numbers of students wanted to study a degree outside of their home country in the academic year 2017/18. The 458,490 international students studying at UK universities bring significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK. There are 87,615 international staff employed by universities who teach UK university students and help maintain our world-leading research base.
The positive impacts of international students include:
The decision to leave the EU gives the UK government an opportunity to re-think the immigration system and devise immigration policies that maximise the benefit all international university staff and students can bring to the UK.
The immigration team supports and strengthens the global influence of UK universities by ensuring that our immigration system allows the world's best students and academic staff to study and work in the UK.
We aim to:
Our work is informed by the UUK International Policy Network, chaired by Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.