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About the United Kingdom

With an international student enrollment of over 480,000 students in the 2012/2013 academic year, the United Kingdom is the second largest host of international students after the United States. The UK attracts large numbers of students from Asia, the United States, and other places of origin within Europe.


Fast Facts: United Kingdom

  • There were over 481,000 international students in public post-secondary institutions in the UK in 2012/13.
  • The top five places of origin in 2012/13 were China, India, U.S., Germany and Nigeria.
  • The majority, 99.7% of international students enrolled in public institutions.

Sources: British Council

Definitions
International Student in the United Kingdom: For purposes of collection, students are defined by their country of domicile i.e. "the students' permanent or home address prior to entry to the programme of study." International students are those who are not UK-domiciled.

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