The research was conducted for Universities UK by Oxford Economics. It highlights the important
contribution that international students make to both national GDP and export earnings. It sets out data
that shows the jobs generated by international students at a regional level and the income they provide
This data is part of a larger study analysing the economic impact of UK universities and of
international students to be published in spring 2017. Unless otherwise stated, reference to international
students in this briefing includes both EU and non-EU students.
This briefing also presents some of the key figures on the impact of international students at a UK and
regional level for the nine regions of England.
This impact is particularly
significant in the context of the government’s Industrial Strategy and objectives to sustain and grow
This infographic summarises the key figures from the new research, including international students' contribution to UK export earnings, other sectors of the economy, and local jobs and businesses.