More students from the EU were accepted to a UK university than ever before in 2016, the latest UCAS statistics have revealed, while acceptances from outside the EU have dropped for the first time in five years.
In the first UCAS statistics published relating to the next academic year, there has been a recorded 7% increase in applicants from the EU and a 3% increase from those outside the EU for undergraduate study. Statistics by domicile have also been released.
The UK’s undergraduate sector has seen solid growth in international applicants for the second year in a row as UCAS figures show non-EU applications have risen another 6% this year. The report indicates strong demand from Malaysia and the UAE among all applications submitted for 2014/2015.
The UK's education exports have been labelled a "growth success story" by Brian Johnson, Head of International HE Strategy, at BIS. Last week's BUILA's annual conference also delivered updates on UCAS's agent-friendly changes and Immigration Bill insight.
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A new international strategy from UCAS, significant opportunity in markets such as Indonesia and Iraq and a revelatory update from Universities UK all featured in a information-loaded BUILA annual conference last week. Organisations working hard to boost the sector's international capabilities interacted with delegates in the Scottish capital.
Non-European Union undergraduate applications submitted by the June deadline have climbed 6%, in a sign that toughened visa policies are not deterring students at tertiary level. However, Dominic Scott, CEO at UKCISA, said that the figures only represented a proportion of the overall market, and that the sector continued "to hold its breath" about enrolments in the autumn.
International applications to UK universities rose 9.6% by the January deadline, UCAS revealed today, defying fears that tougher visa policies are damaging the country's appeal as a study destination. Observers welcomed the growth but cautioned that new interviews of students by border officials this year could harm final enrolments.