Non-UK domicile students

 

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January 2013

Non-UK domicile students

Indian, Pakistani, Irish and Polish domicile student numbers fall in 2011/12


Data from the HESA Student record for 2011/12 shows that there were 2,496,645 students in higher education in the UK in 2011/12. Of these 2,061,410 (82.6%) were UK domicile students, 132,550 (5.3%) were from other EU member countries and 302,680 (12.1%) were from non-EU countries.

The table below shows the rate of change of student numbers by domicile. The total number of students fell by 0.2% from 2010/11 to 2011/12. However the number of non-UK domicile students rose by 1.6% and the overall decrease was entirely due to lower numbers of UK domiciled students.

Students at UK HE institutions by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12
% change
UK 2073070 2061410 -0.6%
Non-UK 428225 435235
1.6%
   Other EU 130120 132550
1.9%
   Non-EU 298110 302680
1.5%
Total 2501295 2496645
-0.2%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/10, 2011/12
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

The majority (62%) of non-EU domiciled students in 2011/12 came from Asia. However the pattern of participation in UK HE varied significantly between countries. The number of Chinese domicile students at UK HE institutions (HEIs) continued to grow, while the number of Indian and Pakistan domicile students fell for the first time.

The map below shows, for countries with over 1,000 students at UK HEIs, those countries from which the number of students grew, and those for whom numbers fell, between 2010/11 and 2011/12. More details about student numbers from the top ten non-EU and top ten EU countries are given in the tables below.

Asian domicile students - % change by country 2010/11 to 2011/12
large (1253x1141) | medium (601x548) | small (401x365) | map source: Wikimedia Commons

Non-EU countries

Students from China and India still accounted for over 35% of all non-EU domicile students at UK HEIs in 2011/12. The table below shows the growth in numbers of students from the top ten non-EU countries of domicile from 2010/11 to 2011/12.

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students in UK Higher Education Institutions
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 67325 78715 16.9%
India 39090 29900 -23.5%
Nigeria 17585 17620
0.2%
United States 15555 16335
5.0%
Malaysia 13900 14545
4.6%
Hong Kong 10440 11335
8.6%
Saudi Arabia 10270 9860
-4.0%
Pakistan 10185 8820
-13.4%
Thailand 5945 6235
4.9%
Canada 5905 6115
3.5%
All other non-EU countries 101915 103205
1.3%
Total non-EU domicile 298110 302680
1.5%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures
See Press Releases 172, 155 and 144 for previous years' data

Other EU countries

The number of students from other EU countries also continued to rise between 2010/11 and 2011/12. The table below shows the growth in numbers of students from the top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12. The numbers of students from Romania and Bulgaria each increased by over 20%, while the numbers of students from Ireland, Germany, France and Poland declined.

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students in UK Higher Education Institutions
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Germany 16265 15985 -1.7%
Ireland 16855 15075 -10.5%
France 13325 12835 -3.7%
Greece 11630 11790 1.4%
Cyprus 11320 11620 2.7%
Italy 7100 8010 12.8%
Poland 7330 6295 -14.1%
Spain 5795 5935 2.5%
Romania 4625 5915 27.9%
Bulgaria 4615 5705 23.7%
All Other EU countries 31265
33385 6.8%
Total other EU domicile 130120 132550 1.9%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Level and mode of study

Non-UK domicile students accounted for over a third of all postgraduate students at UK HEIs in 2011/12. Just under half of all non-UK domicile students were studying for postgraduate qualifications. The table below shows the number of students by domicile, level of study and mode of study in 2011/12.

Students by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
  Postgraduate Undergraduate  
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 132785 226010 1212025 490590 2061410
Non-UK 176640 33070 199950 25575 435235
   Other EU 37090 12375 73660 9430 132550
   Non-EU 139550 20695 126295 16145 302680
Total 309425 259080 1411975 516165 2496645
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

The Statistical First Release of data from the HESA Student Record was published on 10 January 2013: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/sfr183

The HESA publication Students in Higher Education Institutions 2011/12, including comprehensive data on student domicile, level and mode of study, subjects of study, qualifications obtained, offshore provision, and more will be published in February. Students in Higher Education Institutions 2011/12 can be pre-ordered from http://www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs.

A schedule of HESA releases for 2013 can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs_schedule

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:

    Simon Kemp
    HESA Press Officer
    01242 211120
    pressoffice@hesa.ac.uk
    95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ.

  2. In the above data and annex tables 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.
  3. HESA student data is collected from all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK, plus the University of Buckingham, which is a non-publicly-funded institution. The 2011/12 data covers 163 HEIs (131 in England, 10 in Wales, 18 in Scotland and 4 in Northern Ireland).
  4. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
  5. Equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found in the Annex below.
  6. Equivalent tables for earlier years can be found in Press Release 172, Press Release 155 and Press Release 144
  7. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found on-line here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/index.php/content/view/1902/

Annex - equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

England

Students at HEIs in England by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
UK 1746065 1740070 -0.3%
Non-UK 351155 357165 1.7%
Other EU 102700 105185 2.4%
Non-EU 248455 251980 1.4%
Total 2097215 2097230 0.0%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in England
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 56990 66050 15.9%
India 30890 24030 -22.2%
Nigeria 14165 14415 1.8%
Malaysia 11950 12440 4.1%
United States 11510 12120 5.3%
Hong Kong 9510 10275 8.1%
Saudi Arabia 8765 8400 -4.2%
Pakistan 8120 6880 -15.3%
Thailand 5335 5555 4.2%
Canada 4640 4875 5.1%
All other non-EU countries 86580 86930 0.4%
Total non-EU domicile 248455 251980 1.4%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in England
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Germany 12550 12410 -1.1%
Cyprus 10890 11120 2.1%
France 10720 10385 -3.2%
Greece 10040 10070 0.3%
Ireland 8495 8015 -5.7%
Italy 6290 6955 10.6%
Romania 4065 5175 27.3%
Spain 4775 4860 1.9%
Poland 5350 4675 -12.6%
Bulgaria 3785 4540 19.9%
All Other EU countries 25740 26985 4.8%
Total other EU domicile 102700 105185 2.4%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Students at HEIs in England by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
  Postgraduate Undergraduate  
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 110620 191540 1001455 436450 1740070
Non-UK 146640 26205 165155 19165 357165
Other EU 30755 9895 58495 6040 105185
Non-EU 115890 16305 106655 13130 251980
Total 257260 217745 1166610 455615 2097230
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12

Wales

Students at HEIs in Wales by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
UK 104715 105915 1.1%
Non-UK 26290 25270 -3.9%
Other EU 6455 6020 -6.8%
Non-EU 19835 19250 -2.9%
Total 131005 131185 0.1%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Wales
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 3690 4395 19.1%
India 4730 3180 -32.7%
Nigeria 935 1065 13.9%
Pakistan 1160 1030 -11.5%
Bangladesh 885 810 -8.5%
Saudi Arabia 755 740 -2.0%
Malaysia 680 730 7.5%
Hong Kong 455 490 8.1%
Sri Lanka 470 475 1.1%
Nepal 375 450 20.0%
All other non-EU countries 5695 5885 3.3%
Total non-EU domicile 19835 19250 -2.9%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Wales
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Germany 1340 1180 -11.7%
Ireland 1110 910 -18.1%
France 930 885 -4.7%
Spain 470 485 3.4%
Greece 440 410 -6.2%
Poland 500 400 -19.4%
Bulgaria 260 245 -5.4%
Italy 165 205 24.0%
Romania 105 160 50.0%
Cyprus 125 140 8.7%
All Other EU countries 1010 995 -1.6%
Total other EU domicile 6455 6020 -6.8%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Students at HEIs in Wales by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
  Postgraduate Undergraduate  
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 6615 9425 67285 22590 105915
Non-UK 8885 3230 10415 2740 25270
Other EU 1095 630 2760 1535 6020
Non-EU 7790 2595 7655 1210 19250
Total 15495 12655 77700 25335 131185
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12

Scotland

Students at HEIs in Scotland by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
UK 176885 170345 -3.7%
Non-UK 44190 45975 4.0%
Other EU 16310 17475 7.1%
Non-EU 27880 28500 2.2%
Total 221075 216320 -2.2%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Scotland
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 6145 7485 21.8%
United States 3410 3645 7.0%
India 3290 2445 -25.8%
Nigeria 2410 2070 -14.1%
Malaysia 1080 1160 7.5%
Canada 975 965 -0.9%
Saudi Arabia 725 690 -5.0%
Norway 600 680 13.2%
Pakistan 860 645 -24.9%
Thailand 425 535 26.2%
All other non-EU countries 7960 8185 2.8%
Total non-EU domicile 27880 28500 2.2%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Scotland
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Ireland 2965 2630 -11.2%
Germany 2280 2315 1.6%
France 1625 1510 -6.9%
Greece 1125 1290 14.6%
Poland 1455 1200 -17.5%
Lithuania 665 1060 59.1%
Bulgaria 565 895 58.9%
Italy 615 825 33.9%
Sweden 550 655 19.3%
Romania 440 570 29.8%
All Other EU countries 4025 4515 12.1%
Total other EU domicile 16310 17475 7.1%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Students at HEIs in Scotland by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
  Postgraduate Undergraduate  
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 12350 19895 114065 24040 170345
Non-UK 19155 2715 21785 2320 45975
Other EU 4400 995 11355 725 17475
Non-EU 14755 1725 10430 1595 28500
Total 31505 22610 135850 26360 216320
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12

Northern Ireland

Students at HEIs in Northern Ireland by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
UK 45405 45085 -0.7%
Non-UK 6595 6825 3.4%
Other EU 4655 3875 -16.7%
Non-EU 1945 2950 51.8%
Total 52000 51905 -0.2%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Northern Ireland
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 500 785 57.7%
Pakistan 40 270 ..
India 180 240 36.0%
Bangladesh 20 230 ..
Sri Lanka 55 215 301.9%
Malaysia 195 210 8.2%
United States 260 195 -24.8%
Brunei 75 80 9.6%
Nepal 15 70 ..
Nigeria 75 70 -9.1%
All other non-EU countries 530 575 8.9%
Total non-EU domicile 1945 2950 51.8%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
.. represents a percentage calculated on a population of 52 or fewer individuals.

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students at HEIs in Northern Ireland
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Ireland 4285 3520 -17.8%
Germany 90 75 -20.7%
France 50 50 ..
Spain 30 35 ..
Bulgaria 5 25 ..
Greece 30 20 ..
Italy 25 20 ..
Poland 25 20 ..
Romania 15 15 ..
Netherlands 10 15 ..
All Other EU countries 85 80 -4.8%
Total other EU domicile 4655 3875 -16.7%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
.. represents a percentage calculated on a population of 52 or fewer individuals.

Students at HEIs in Northern Ireland by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
  Postgraduate Undergraduate  
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 3205 5150 29220 7510 45085
Non-UK 1960 920 2595 1350 6825
Other EU 840 855 1050 1130 3875
Non-EU 1115 65 1550 215 2950
Total 5165 6070 31820 8855 51905
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12