According to HESA, the number of students from Asian countries coming to the UK has risen. The number of Chinese students far exceeds any other nationality; almost one third of non-EU students in the UK are from China. China is the only country showing a significant increase in student numbers to the UK (a 14% rise since 2012-13), although there has been a slower increase of only 2% since 2014. However, last year, the number of Chinese students in the UK grew by 4.2%, despite an overall decline of student applications from non-EU countries of 1% in the same period. There’s a total of 91,000 Chinese students in the UK; the next largest number of non-EU students in the UK is from India, but that number has declined by 26% since 2012-13.
In the US, the situation is slightly different. A study by Open Doors reveals that Chinese students are still the largest group of Asian students in US universities – 350,000 – and their numbers have risen by 6.8% in the last year. Students from India are the next largest group – 16,8000 – an increase of 12% from 2017.
A study by the University of Oxford, titled ‘International Trends in Higher Education’, shows that while international study is increasing, many students are choosing to study overseas but closer to home. Their figures show a year-on-year reduction since 2012 in the number of Chinese postgraduates studying at US universities.