Latest HESA data: Lots of students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09
The newly released Students in Higher Education Institutions 2008/09 publication from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that there were 2,396,050 students in higher education in the UK in 2008/09. Of these 2,027,085 (84.6%) were UK domicile students, 117,660 (4.9%) were from other EU member countries and 251,310 (10.5%) were from non-EU countries.
There are some interesting headlines in here. International student (ie non-EU) student numbers have grown 9.4% over the previous year, outstripping the growth in home student numbers which increased by 3.2%.
Students from China and India accounted for nearly one third of all non-EU domicile students at UK HE institutions in 2008/09. The table below shows the growth in numbers of students from the top ten non-EU countries of domicile from 2007/08 to 2008/09:
Further details available via HESA.