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Overseas Students

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the numbers of students registered at universities in the United Kingdom from countries outside the EEC, defined by country of origin, in each of the years since 1978.

The required information for 1986 for countries with more than 250 students is shown in the table. Information for all countries could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In addition, there were 7,000 students from other non-EC countries. Information for earlier years has been published in "Statistics of Students from abroad in the United Kingdom", by the British Council, a copy of which is in the Library.

Students from abroad in United Kingdom universities
1986
Hong Kong4,729
United States4,202
Malaysia3,788
Singapore1,606
Nigeria1,493
Norway1,104
Iraq1,061
Algeria1,059
Iran1,044
Canada952
Cyprus719
China716
Kenya688
India650
Pakistan634
Saudi Arabia575
Japan444
Brazil419
Egypt419
Zambia392
Australia363
Jordan356
Cameroon336
Lebanon330
Sri Lanka324
South Africa316
Indonesia286
Bangladesh280
Tanzania261
Total29,546