How dependent on foreign (non-EU) student fees is the UK (2010-2011)?

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 3 May 2012.

Note: I asked HESA if they broke the data down further, and delineated undergraduate vs postgraduate numbers & percentages for non-EU domicile students. Their response included the following:

HESA finance data does not distinguish between undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fee income for non-EU students.

The HESA student data does show the numbers of non-EU students by level of study. Please see the fourth table in this release for a simple breakdown of student numbers by domicile and level:

Table 1 from this release has this data for the last five years:

The ‘Students by Institution’ table from this page has the same data broken down by institution:

3 thoughts on “How dependent on foreign (non-EU) student fees is the UK (2010-2011)?

  1. Thank you for sharing this data. I reviewed the fourth table in the release and was surprised to find that the majority of domicile UK students in post graduate programs were part-time students. This may be indicative of the need for adults to hold down full-time employment while attending college in their spare time. In the five year data tables, it was interesting to find that enrollment in mathematical sciences had increased while computer sciences saw a decrease. Undergraduate enrollment in subjects allied to medicine, education, and law also saw a decrease. Mass communications had strong enrollment, which denotes the changing nature of our society.

  2. This table difinitely shows that some countries in the UK, specially Scotland, is dependent of non-EU students fees. I am now curious to know if international students are allowed to work legally while studying abroad in the UK, or what sources are non-EU students using to provide their tuition fees… Thanks for the information.

  3. You have raised an important question in global education, especially during a recessionary economy with colleges and universities facing budget constraints. Some institutions turn resident students away in favor of foreign students who pay higher tuition rates. In addition, educational opportunities for marginalized groups are further reduced. In setting admission policies, the impact on student demographics and access to education should be considered.

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