According to figures from UCAS’s January deadline, despite a 1% decline in UK applicants, a 9% increase from non-EU candidates meant the total went up for the first time in three years.
The number of applicants from the EU was shown to have increased by 1% to 43,890, while a record number of applicants from outside the EU was received – 63,690 applied to study in the UK.
“It’s welcome news – more EU and international students wanting to study in the UK”
China has the largest cohort of non-EU applications, with the figure rising by a third this year, up from 11,920 to 15,880.
Combined with applications from Hong Kong (5,100), the total is 20,980 applications – surpassing the number from Wales (18,850) and Northern Ireland (17,910) this year.
Meanwhile, despite concerns over Brexit, applications from Spain (7%), France (5%), Italy (3%) and Ireland (1%) also showed modest increases in application numbers to UK universities.
Application numbers from India also increased (5%) despite the country’s noted absence from the UK government’s recently expanded list of nations from which student visa applicants have to provide a “reduced level of documentation” in order to secure their Tier 4 study permit.