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Students in transnational education 2022/23

The number of students studying overseas for UK qualifications rose by 8% in 2022/23 to 576,705.

View Student open data - Transnational education

Transnational education (TNE) students are those who study for awards or courses of UK universities, but who study wholly overseas without coming to the UK. 75% of TNE students were registered at a UK provider, studying by distance learning, at an overseas campus, or via other arrangements such as collaborative provision with partner organisations.

The remaining 25% of TNE students were studying for an award of a UK HE provider while registered at another overseas organisation or via other arrangements.

66% of TNE students were studying at undergraduate level and 34% at postgraduate level. This contrasts with non-UK domicile students studying in the UK, among whom postgraduate students are typically the majority.

China, Sri Lanka and Malaysia had the highest numbers of TNE students studying for UK qualifications with these three countries accounting for over 30% of the total between them. All EU countries combined accounted for 16% of the total.

Open data on transnational education going back to 2014/15 is available now on the HESA website. Data on students studying in the UK in 2022/23 is expected to be published in August 2024.


  1. Data relates to students enrolled between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.
  2. Data on TNE students is collected from 186 UK HE providers through the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record (AOR). This is a separate data collection from the HESA Student record.
  3. Definitions of terms used in the open data and press release can be found at Aggregate offshore definitions.
  4. See Upcoming data releases for a schedule of Official Statistics releases from HESA. 

HESA is part of Jisc. Jisc cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.

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