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Overseas Students

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-EU students attended English universities in each year since 1997. (170441)

The latest available information is given in the following table. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in January 2009.

Number of non-EU enrolments1 at English higher education institutions 1997/98 to 2006/07

Academic year

Non-EU enrolments

1997/98

92,740

1998/99

92,875

1999/2000

97,500

2000/01

107,040

2001/02

117,940

2002/03

142,660

2003/04

161,250

2004/05

163,750

2005/06

164,975

2006/07

171,835

1 Figures cover postgraduate and undergraduate students on full-time and part-time courses.

Note:

Figures are calculated on a snapshot basis as at 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years and have been rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

The figures indicate that international student numbers at English higher education institutions have increased by 85 per cent. since 1997. This is very much a success story as these students contribute to the cultural mix, the research capacity and the finances of our institutions. The growth of international student numbers has not been at the expense of home students as they are not in competition with each other for places.