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International study statistics
Where do international students go to study?
Higher education students have various options across the globe for experiencing a new country while working towards their degree. As well as expanding your understanding of the wider world, some courses can even be more financially friendly when studying overseas than they would be in certain regions of the UK.
Top 20 countries for UK international students
The bar chart below shows the United States to be the most popular destination for UK international students.
By number of international students, North America is the most popular continent to study in. This is likely due to English being the native language spoken in the two largest countries here. 13 of the countries in the top 20 list are in Europe, making it the continent with the vastest distribution of UK students across its countries.
Where do international students in the UK come from?
The vast majority of international students in the UK are Chinese. The number of Chinese students studying in the UK is 2.6 times higher than the number of all UK students studying abroad.
Of the 2.34 million students in the UK, Chinese students make up 4%, or almost 90,000. Following Chinese students, Malaysian students are the next-largest group, but these students still only make up around a fifth of the international Chinese student cohort.
What international students in the UK plan on doing after their course
Final year UK international students were asked to report what they expected to do following their degrees. The findings from EU and non-EU students are presented below.
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