International Facts and Figures 2020

8 October 2020


International Facts and Figures 
is our annual snapshot of the international dimensions of UK higher education

The report includes: 

International students choosing to study in the UK 

  • - where they come from, at what level and which subjects they study 

  • - their economic impact 

International academic and non-academic staff living and working in the UK 
  • - where they come from, and what they do 

The UK sector’s provision for outward student mobility 
                    - where mobile students are based, and where they go 
                    - what kind of mobility experience UK students have and how they benefit

The UK’s transnational education offer (TNE) across the world 
  • - overview of provision and where UK TNE students are based  

International research collaboration and funding
                   - UK publication rate  
                   - quality and impact of UK research 
                   - sources of UK research funding 
                   - UK’s top partners under Horizon 2020 


International students make up 20.7% of the total student population, 14.9% of all undergraduates and 37.1% of all postgraduates. 


57.2% of all UK publications were the result of international research collaborations. 


666,815 students are studying for a UK degree overseas. 


7.4% of undergraduate students study work or volunteer overseas as part of their degree. 


20.9% of all staff at UK universities are international. 


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Cuts to ODA will limit UK universities’ role in solving global challenges

12 March 2021
Planned government cuts to Official Development Assistance funding (ODA) will fall heavily on UK universities, severely limiting their ability to combat pressing global challenges.

New guidance can ensure universities protect and develop international partnerships

15 October 2020
Universities are today publishing guidelines to better safeguard themselves against security-related risks that can result from international collaborations.


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Supporting LGBT students studying overseas

10 March 2020
Stonewall's Emma Kosmin on steps universities can take to provide support for LGBT students studying overseas.

Higher education policy priorities for the new prime minister

31 July 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on how new Prime Minister Boris Johnson can can help maximise the role of universities for both his domestic and global ambitions.