Britain Accepting More International Students – Study in the UK

September 15th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

britain country and map147290929A few weeks ago, the British government introduced its new International Education Strategy, the goal of which is to attract an additional 90,000 university students from overseas by 2018. According to the report, the education exports industry—which includes everything from tuition paid by international students to the overseas branches of British schools—adds £17.5 billion, or $26.5 billion, to the national economy.

The United Kingdom wishes to increase partnerships with other countries, encourage more British students to study overseas, and expand the Chevening Scholarship program, which finances foreign students studying in Britain. Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a statement, “Overseas students make a huge contribution to Britain. They boost our economy, and enhance our cultural life, which is why there is no cap on the number of legitimate students who can study here.”

Research suggests that as many as a third of the educational institutions in Britain, including some of the country’s finest, will recruit more students from outside Britain and the EU this year, continuing an already established trend. In the last ten years alone, the proportion of international students recruited to British universities has doubled. In fact, half of all students enrolled in postgraduate courses are now foreign.

Much of this increase in international students is due to the financial benefits that they bring. A study by the think-tank Policy Exchange found that overseas students were seen as a “lucrative source of income for a growing number of universities.”

A recent study by the Telegraph surveyed almost half of the universities in the UK. Of the 30 that responded, more than a third reported that they were planning on increasing the number of international students accepted this year. This included Cardiff, Plymouth, Reading, Royal Holloway, West of England, and the University of Wales, Newport. The number of international students at Oxford has risen from 385 to 582 in the last five years, and the upward trend is expected to continue.

Want to study in the UK? Check out International Student’s Study in the UK Guide.

13 Comments

  1. kaouthar says:

    I’m realy want to study in this country …but I haven’t too much many for that ..that’s why I’m searching for a scholarship that let me achieve my dream and be a fomous computer programmer..and I am working hard for that …

  2. dinesh says:

    its very wonderful idea after finishing graduation degree….soon I gonna prepare tis.

  3. Angelika Buenaventura says:

    Me and my friends are so interested with this scholarship. How can we apply for this? and what are the requirements needed?

  4. Byomuhangi Gad says:

    I would like to have a masters scholarship to study in the UK. I am Ugandan Nationality with a first degree, i would like to apply but i have no where to start from.

  5. Mike Deng Aguer says:

    I am like international Education Study in UK bcoz that is my career i am taking I.R.

  6. sammy kiplimo kiptoo says:

    i would also wish o join UNITED KINGDOM to pursue a course in humanitarian disasters and emergency

  7. NICHOLAS KESSEH says:

    I LOVE TO CONTINUE WITH MY MASTERS AND PHD ABROAD

  8. Thank you for all of your interest.

    For more information on studying in the UK you can visit our Study in the UK Guide. For more information on applying to a school in the UK you will need to find a school to attend, then contact them directly for further information. You can find scholarships to assist your studies in the UK here.

    Best of luck.

    Good luck!

  9. suci says:

    i really want to study abroad like in the UK but i still doubt with my english…

  10. Hi Suci,

    Studying abroad is a great experience and something that many students decide to participate in to improve their English. If you would like more study abroad resources you can visit here.

    Good luck!

  11. Hi Nicholas,

    That is great! You may find these additional resources helpful.

    Enjoy!

  12. frano says:

    aidez nous pour étudier au Royaume Uni

  13. Hi Franco,

    To find more information on studying in the UK you may want to visit here.

    Good luck!

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