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|
|(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.
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.