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Overseas Students

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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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 originStudents
COMMONWEALTH
Canada1,065
Cyprus1,578
Hong Kong5,133
India1,170
Kenya1,169
Malaysia12,679
Nigeria5,883
Rhodesia1,534
Singapore1,813
Sri Lanka2,067
Countries where numbers are less than 1,0008,610
Total42,701
EEC
Belgium191
Denmark158
France501
Germany, Federal Republic of1,028
Ireland, Republic of739
Italy363
Luxembourg42
Netherlands316
Total3,338
OTHER FOREIGN
Greece3,153
Iran9,151
Iraq2,485
Jordan1,876
Libya1,014
Turkey1,469
United States of America3,720
Countries where numbers are less than 1,00017,935
Total40,803
ALL COUNTRIES86,842

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:

Academic year

Fee £

Maintenance* £

Total £

1975–763201,0481,368
1976–774161,2181,634
1977–786501,4132,063
1978–797051,5492,254
1979–809401,7612,701
* 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.