HESA figures reveal that many UK universities have a large contingent of international students, and that’s hopefully set to grow as talks mount over extending the period of time international students have to find a job after they graduate.
Quartz India recently reported that Indian student enrollments in the UK have risen for the first time in over a decade with 19,750 Indian students studying in the UK in 2017-18.
This suggests that international student recruitment has potential to expand across the UK as universities and government work to dispel Brexit uncertainty and the UK’s unwelcoming image.
Which UK universities have the most international students?
Northern Ireland has the lowest percentage of international students for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK. England has the most undergraduates by a margin of around 1%, but Wales has the highest percentage of postgraduates by 5%. International postgraduates make up much higher numbers than undergraduates, meaning postgraduate study, and research, will be most affected should numbers decline.
These are the top 15 universities with the highest proportion of international undergraduates and postgraduates in the UK:
- University College London: 12,742
- The University of Manchester: 10,880
- The University of Edinburgh: 8,138
- Coventry University: 7,658
- The University of Sheffield: 7,486
- King’s College London: 7,054
- The University of Liverpool: 6,919
- University of the Arts, London: 6,689
- The University of Leeds: 6,566
- The University of Birmingham: 6,498
- The University of Warwick: 6,440
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine: 6,277
- University of Nottingham: 5,896
- London School of Economics and Political Science: 5,776
- The University of Glasgow: 5,510
It’s clear that these universities are actively attracting international students and developing their international student recruitment strategies.
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