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Indian, Pakistani, Irish and Polish domicile student numbers fall in 2011/12

Data from the HESA Student record for 2011/12 shows that there were 2,496,645 students in higher education in the UK in 2011/12. Of these 2,061,410 (82.6%) were UK domicile students, 132,550 (5.3%) were from other EU member countries and 302,680 (12.1%) were from non-EU countries.

The table below shows the rate of change of student numbers by domicile. The total number of students fell by 0.2% from 2010/11 to 2011/12. However the number of non-UK domicile students rose by 1.6% and the overall decrease was entirely due to lower numbers of UK domiciled students.

Students at UK HE institutions by domicile 2010/11 and 2011/12
Domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
UK 2073070 2061410 -0.6%
Non-UK 428225 435235 1.6%
   Other EU 130120 132550 1.9%
   Non-EU 298110 302680 1.5%
Total 2501295 2496645 -0.2%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/10, 2011/12
See Annex below for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland figures

 

The majority (62%) of non-EU domiciled students in 2011/12 came from Asia. However the pattern of participation in UK HE varied significantly between countries. The number of Chinese domicile students at UK HE institutions (HEIs) continued to grow, while the number of Indian and Pakistan domicile students fell for the first time.

The map below shows, for countries with over 1,000 students at UK HEIs, those countries from which the number of students grew, and those for whom numbers fell, between 2010/11 and 2011/12. More details about student numbers from the top ten non-EU and top ten EU countries are given in the tables below.

Non-EU countries

Students from China and India still accounted for over 35% of all non-EU domicile students at UK HEIs in 2011/12. The table below shows the growth in numbers of students from the top ten non-EU countries of domicile from 2010/11 to 2011/12.

Top ten non-EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students in UK Higher Education Institutions
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
China 67325 78715 16.9%
India 39090 29900 -23.5%
Nigeria 17585 17620 0.2%
United States 15555 16335 5.0%
Malaysia 13900 14545 4.6%
Hong Kong 10440 11335 8.6%
Saudi Arabia 10270 9860 -4.0%
Pakistan 10185 8820 -13.4%
Thailand 5945 6235 4.9%
Canada 5905 6115 3.5%
All other non-EU countries 101915 103205 1.3%
Total non-EU domicile 298110 302680 1.5%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
See Annex below for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland figures
See Press Releases 172155 and 144 for previous years’ data

Other EU countries

The number of students from other EU countries also continued to rise between 2010/11 and 2011/12. The table below shows the growth in numbers of students from the top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12. The numbers of students from Romania and Bulgaria each increased by over 20%, while the numbers of students from Ireland, Germany, France and Poland declined.

Top ten other EU countries of domicile in 2011/12 for HE students in UK Higher Education Institutions
Country of domicile 2010/11 2011/12 % change
Germany 16265 15985 -1.7%
Ireland 16855 15075 -10.5%
France 13325 12835 -3.7%
Greece 11630 11790 1.4%
Cyprus 11318 11620 2.7%
Italy 7100 8010 12.8%
Poland 7330 6295 -14.1%
Spain 5795 5935 2.5%
Romania 4625 5915 27.9%
Bulgaria 4615 5705 23.7%
All Other EU countries 31265 33385 6.8%
Total other EU domicile 130120 132550 1.9%
Source: HESA Student Record 2010/11, 2011/12
See Annex below for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland figures

Level and mode of study

Non-UK domicile students accounted for over a third of all postgraduate students at UK HEIs in 2011/12. Just under half of all non-UK domicile students were studying for postgraduate qualifications. The table below shows the number of students by domicile, level of study and mode of study in 2011/12.

Students by domicile, level of study and mode of study 2011/12
Postgraduate Undergraduate
Domicile Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time All students
UK 132785 226010 1212025 490590 2061410
Non-UK 176640 33070 199950 25575 435235
   Other EU 37090 12375 73660 9430 132550
   Non-EU 139550 20695 126295 16145 302680
Total 309425 259080 1411975 516165 2496645
Source: HESA Student Record 2011/12
See Annex below for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland figures

The Statistical First Release of data from the HESA Student Record was published on 10 January 2013: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/sfr183

The HESA publication Students in Higher Education Institutions 2011/12, including comprehensive data on student domicile, level and mode of study, subjects of study, qualifications obtained, offshore provision, and more will be published in February. Students in Higher Education Institutions 2011/12 can be pre-ordered from http://www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs.

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency

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