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About the United Kingdom

With an international student enrollment of over 496,000 students in the 2014/15 academic year, the United Kingdom is the second largest host of international students after the United States. The United Kingdom attracts large numbers of students from Asia, the United States, and other places of origin within Europe.

Fast Facts: United Kingdom

  • There were over 496,690 international students in public post-secondary institutions in the UK in 2014/15.
  • The top five places of origin in 2014/15 were China, the United States, India, Nigeria, and Germany.

Sources: British Council

International Student in the United Kingdom: For purposes of collection, students are defined by their country of domicile i.e. "the students' permanent or home address prior to entry to the programme of study." International students are those who are not UK-domiciled.

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