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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 | Non-UK domicile | Domicile by level of study | Transnational education

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, just over half way through the 2019/20 academic year. An insight brief has been published that analyses the impact of the pandemic on student data and trends across years of enrolments and qualifications across various characteristics. There are two known areas in which the pandemic has had some impact:

  • There is evidence to suggest that among a few providers, administrative hold-ups related to the pandemic resulted in significant numbers of qualifications awarded in 2019/20 not being reported. The impact of this under-reporting is believed to explain some of the 3% decrease in the number of qualifications achieved in 2019/20 compared with 2018/19, and the impact is most noticeable on the number of part-time qualifications awarded. Qualifications that were not reported in the 2019/20 academic year have carried over to 2020/21 and contributed to the 9% increase in the number of qualifications awarded in 2020/21.
  • In relation to classifications of first degrees and other awards, many providers issued public statements that a 'no detriment' approach would be adopted when it came to assessment in 2019/20. This typically ensured that students would be awarded a final grade no lower than the most recent provider assessment of their attainment.

The 2019/20 and 2020/21 data was collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Exceptional guidance was issued to HE providers regarding a number of data fields within the collections to clarify HESA's expectations about how these fields should be treated in light of the pandemic.

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, 2020/21 statistical bulletin.

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 EU or non-EU countries.

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

Academic years 2014/15 to 2020/21

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The following table details UK unitary authority of domicile by HE provider. Use the regional radio buttons to access further detail on individual countries.

Table 59 - UK domiciled HE students by HE provider and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2020/21

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Changes over time

Figure 9 - HE student enrolments by domicile

Academic years 2016/17 to 2020/21

 
 
 
 
 

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.

 

Key fact: While first year entrants from the EU continued to grow, entrants from China fell for the first time since 2007/08.

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

Academic years 2006/07 to 2020/21

 

Key fact: The number of entrants from Nigeria has increased by 64% from 2019/20 to 2020/21.

 

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Figure 11 - Top ten EU and non-EU countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2020/21 for HE student enrolments

Academic years 2016/17 and 2020/21

 
 
 
 

Non-UK domiciled students

The following table details non-UK country of domicile by HE provider. Use the regional radio buttons to access further detail on individual countries.