asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of overseas students studying in the United Kingdom over the past five years to the latest available date; and if he will give the country of birth, Commonwealth, EEC and other countries.
Statistics for 1977–78 and earlier years are published in the British Council's annual volume "Statistics of Overseas Students in Britain", copies of which are in the Library. Provisional information for 1978–79 relating to students classified as "overseas" for fees purposes at universities and maintained, assisted and grant-aided establishments of higher and further education in the United Kingdom, is set out below:
|Country of origin||Students|
|Countries where numbers are less than 1,000||8,610|
|Germany, Federal Republic of||1,028|
|Ireland, Republic of||739|
|United States of America||3,720|
|Countries where numbers are less than 1,000||17,935|
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what the average cost to overseas students from Commonwealth, EEC and other countries was for degree courses over the past five years; and what the average cost will be during the next financial year.
No precise information is available on the average cost to an overseas student for a degree course, or its equivalent, over the past five years. The best indication that can be given for the period is the recommended fee for a first degree course plus the rate of maintenance grant payable through a mandatory award to home students. The cost of travel from abroad is not included.
Following is the available information:
|* Rate for ordinary maintenance (outside London) adjusted for a full year. Insufficient data is available to calculate the average cost for the next financial year.|