International student statistics

Sources of regularly published data on international students in the UK

You can find some quick summaries of international student statistics linked via the right-hand menu on this page, but UKCISA does not collect or process international student data, so if you have a query about anything more detailed please check the websites and publications of the following organisations:


Other estimates

There is no reliable source of data on international students outside the HE sector, but the following research reports give some estimates:

Other data on student mobility

See also our statistics on UK students abroad.

Transnational Education

  • HESA provide stats each year on transnational education. Recent stats are summarised on our page on international student statistics.
  • A report commissioned by BIS The Value of Transnational Education to the UK defines TNE as 'award- or credit-bearing higher education learning undertaken by students based in a different country from that of the awarding institution.' This includes branch campuses and distance learning programmes.  The report develops data gathered by HESA's Aggregate Offshore Records and estimates revenue to be worth £495 million in 2012/13.
  • British Council Report, 2013 The Shape of Things to Come.The evolution of transnational education: data, definitions, opportunities and impacts analysis. This examines a range of countries.