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Higher Education: Overseas Students

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many EU-domiciled undergraduate students began courses at higher education institutions in 2008; (254168)

(2) how many EU-domiciled undergraduate students are expected to begin courses at higher education institutions in 2009.

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: The latest available figures for the number of EU domiciled full-time undergraduate entrants to UK higher education institutions are shown in the table. Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available in January 2010.

EU domiciled undergraduate entrants by mode of study, UK higher education institutions, academic year 2007/08

Number

Full-time

25,715

Part-time

9,050

Total

34,765

Note:

Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

EU domiciles make up 4.4 per cent. of all undergraduate entrants, compared to 89.2 per cent. for UK domiciles and 6.4 per cent. for non-EU domiciles.

Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that 21,255 EU domiciled applicants were accepted for entry to full-time undergraduate courses at UK higher education institutions in 2008. This is compared to 20,661 in 2007, a rise of 2.9 per cent. Not all EU domiciled applicants apply through UCAS, some will apply to the institutions directly. Final figures for applicants accepted for entry in 2009 will be available in January 2010.

The admission of students, whatever their nationality, is a matter for individual higher education institutions.