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Higher Education: Overseas Students

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement by Lord Mandelson on 3 November on higher education, to what extent the increase in university applications is due to applications from foreign students. [HL6269]

In his Statement on 3 November, Lord Mandelson referred to the over 1 million entrants expected to enrol in higher education courses for the 2009-10 academic year. This relates to all levels of study (postgraduate and undergraduate) and all modes of study (full-time and part-time). At present information is not held on the region of domicile of all these expected entrants. The most detailed information available is the number of accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The table below shows the increase in accepted applicants for 2009-10 academic year by region of domicile compared with the same point last year.

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by region of domicile 2008-09 and 2009-10, as of 55 days after A-level results day

2008-09 (8 October)

2009-10 (14 October)

% increase

UK

400,314

422,126

5.4

Other EU

21,180

23,384

10.4

Non-EU

30,377

31,767

4.6

Total overseas

51,557

55,151

7.0

Total

451,871

477,277

5.6

Source: UCAS