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Where do HE students come from?

HE Student Data Where do HE students come from?

On this page: Detailed breakdown | Changes over time | Domicile by level of study | Transnational education

The following tables and charts include information on where UK HE students come from (their domicile). Some information is taken from our Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2016/17 and Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 (SFR) releases. 

All tables and charts include a link underneath allowing you to download the data. Many tables also include a link to download the complete source data as a machine-readable csv file.

Detailed breakdown

The table below provides the greatest detail on where UK HE students come from. The rows display UK counties/unitary authorities and countries - use the Domicile marker drop-down to show only other EU or non-EU countries.

Table 11 - HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider

2016/17

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Changes over time

Figure 8 - HE student enrolments by domicile

2012/13 to 2016/17

 
 
 
 
 

The chart below is restricted to students in their first year of a course. This gives an indication of the annual inflow of non-UK students. Since 2012/13 the number of entrants from China each year has exceeded the number from all EU countries combined.

Chart 6 - First year non-UK domicile students by domicile

2006/07 to 2016/17

 

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Figure 10 - Top ten European-Union countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2016/17 for HE student enrolments

2012/13 and 2016/17

 
 
 

Please note that the source data download contains information on the countries shown above for all years 2012/13 to 2016/17

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Figure 11 - Top ten non-European Union countries of domicile in 2016/17 for HE student enrolments

2012/13 and 2016/17

 
 
 

Please note that the source data download contains information on the countries shown above for all years 2012/13 to 2016/17

Domicile by level of study

The chart below shows the proportion of non-UK domiciled students on different kinds of courses. Full-time postgraduate courses tend to have a relatively high proportion of non-UK domicile students.

Figure 7 - HE student enrolments at HE providers in the UK by level of study, mode of study and domicile

2016/17

 
 

The following table gives a breakdown of students by domicile and level, including students on designated courses at alternative HE providers. For more details on alternative HE providers, see our Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 release.

Figure 13 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by domicile and level of study

2016/17

 
 
 
 

Transnational education

These tables and charts look at students who study for awards or courses of UK univeristies, but study overseas without coming to the UK. Data on these students is returned via HESA's Aggregate offshore record, and these students are counted separately from the HESA Student record population. See the Aggregate offshore definitions for more information.

Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

2016/17

 

Note: Only showing countries with over 1000 transnational students

Figure 12 - HE student enrolments studying wholly overseas by location of provision

2012/13 to 2016/17

 
 
 

View more detailed data on transnational education

Further data

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