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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 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, 2018/19 statistical bulletin.

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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

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

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Changes over time

Figure 8 - HE student enrolments by domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 
 
 
 
 

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: 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 domiciled students by domicile

Academic years 2006/07 to 2018/19

 

Key fact: In 2018/19, 32% of first year non-UK domiciled students come from China.

 

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Figure 10 - Top ten EU and non-EU countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2018/19 for HE student enrolments

Academic years 2014/15 and 2018/19

 
 
 
 

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.

Table 28 - Non-UK HE students by HE provider and country of domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

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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 by level of study, mode of study and domicile

Academic year 2018/19

 
 

Table 38 - AP student enrolments on designated courses by level of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 
 
 
 

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: UK, 2018/19 release.

Table 41 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by domicile and level of study

Academic years 2016/17 to 2018/19

 
 
 
 
 

Transnational education

These tables and charts look at students who study for awards or courses of UK universities, 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.

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

 

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

Chart 5 - Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 

Note: Only showing countries with over 1000 transnational students

Figure 11 - HE student enrolments based wholly overseas by location and type of provision

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

 
 
 

View more detailed data on transnational education

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