Overseas Students

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-EU students attended English universities in each year since 1997.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

The latest available information is given in the following table. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in January 2009.

Number of non-EU enrolments( 1) at English higher education institutions 1997/98 to 2006/07
Academic year Non-EU enrolments
1997/98 92,740
1998/99 92,875
1999/2000 97,500
2000/01 107,040
2001/02 117,940
2002/03 142,660
2003/04 161,250
2004/05 163,750
2005/06 164,975
2006/07 171,835
(1) Figures cover postgraduate and undergraduate students on full-time and part-time courses.


Figures are calculated on a snapshot basis as at 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years and have been rounded to the nearest 5.


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

The figures indicate that international student numbers at English higher education institutions have increased by 85 per cent. since 1997. This is very much a success story as these students contribute to the cultural mix, the research capacity and the finances of our institutions. The growth of international student numbers has not been at the expense of home students as they are not in competition with each other for places.

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