Foreign students grant UK £250k per day

The British Council has launched a new interactive tool to show how the UK’s position as host to foreign students is evolving

To support a greater understanding of the trends in international mobility, the British Council has launched a new interactive tool, which is based on data from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and UNESCO to show how the UK’s profile as a study provider and host of foreign students is evolving.

Michael Peak, the British Council’s Education Research Manager, commented: “Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew and their higher education policies and international outlooks developed but the tool also reveals some interesting sub-plots. The decline in Malaysian student numbers around the time of the south-east Asia financial crisis; the emergence of Saudi Arabia from 2007 onwards following the introduction of their large-scale scholarship programme; and the decline of Greece as a sending country after higher education reform at home.”

International students make a great academic, cultural and economic contribution to the UK; they contribute over £250,000 each day to the UK economy and the total value of UK education exports is nearly double this amount.

Not only do international students add to the diversity of UK campuses but they also help sustain the economic viability of many courses, particularly full-time Masters.

The British Council is proud to have worked with Kiln to develop this new interactive student mobility data visualisation, and hope that it can help anyone looking to get to grips with the evolving story of a vital part of the UK’s future.

To see the student mobility data visualisation visit: 




29 October 2020 11am (GMT)

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