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UK rise in international students

Great Britain 29 September 2009, 23:45

The number of non-European students enrolling on courses at UK universities has almost doubled in less than ten years, a report has found.

The number of non-European students enrolling on courses at UK universities has almost doubled in less than ten years, a report has found...

The study of trends in higher education by Universities UK found a 48% increase in the number of international students between the year 2000 and 2006.

In 2007/08, 229,640 students came from outside the European Union, compared with 117,290 in 1998/99.

China remained the "most significant" provider of students to the UK.

A total of 19,385 Chinese students enrolled on first degree courses in the UK and 21,990 took up places for post-graduate study.

International students can be a lucrative source of income for UK universities, as students who come from outside the EU have to pay more for courses than their European peers.

The Patterns of Higher Education Institutions in the UK report found that, between 2006/07 and 2007/08, universities saw a 10% rise in their income.

In total, £1.88 bn of UK universities' income came from non-EU students in 2007/08, while government research grants accounted for £1.76 bn.

Report author Professor Geoffrey Crossick said: "The report demonstrates how the diversity of the UK higher education sector has increased over the last 10 years, giving students from a wide range of backgrounds the opportunity to study at and beyond first degree level."

BBC NEWS

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