10 countries that send the most students to the UK universities, 2020
China is the biggest source of international students in the United Kingdom. Can you guess which country is next?
International students in the UK were up 5.9% from the academic year 2017-18 with 485,000 students total, and foreign students now make up 20.38% of all higher education students (2.38 million) in UK universities.
Here are the 10 countries that send the most students to UK universities in 2018/19.
- China (120,385, +13% since 17/18)
The most populous country in the world with about 1.4 billion people, 120,385 Chinese students went to college in the United Kingdom.
- India (26,685, +35% since 17/18)
India is the second-largest country by population in the world with about 1.3 billion — 26,685 of its students went to a British college.
- United States (20,120, +7% since 17/18)
With a population of about 327 million, the United States sent 20,120 of its students to the UK for college.
- Hong Kong (16,135, -1% since 17/18)
Hong Kong has a population of close to 7.4 million and 16,135 of its people went to college in the UK.
- Malaysia (13,835, -8% since 17/18)
India’s near- neighbor across the Andaman Sea Malaysia has a population of about 31 million, and 13,835 of them attended a UK college.
- Italy (13,965, level with 17/18)
With a population of about 60 million, Italy sent 13,965 of its students to the UK for the college academic year 2018-19.
- France (13,675, level with 17/18)
France, which has a population of about 67 million, had 13,675 of its citizens attend British colleges.
- Germany (13,475, -1% since 17/18)
Of the roughly 83 million people in Germany, 13,475 went to the UK for college.
- Nigeria (10,645, +1% since 17/18)
Nigeria has close to 191 million people in it, and 10,645 went to college in the United Kingdom.
- Greece (9,920, -2% since 17/18)
Greece has a population of about 11 million — 9,920 went to school in the US.
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