Foreign students applying to British universities hits record high of 125,500 applications

Mail Online | 7/12/2018 | Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail
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The number of foreign students applying to British universities has hit a record high – despite warnings about the impact of Brexit.

Official figures show 125,510 European Union and overseas candidates have applied to take up degree places this autumn.

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This will be welcome news to institutions amid fears that applicants could be deterred after the referendum vote.

The number of EU applicants to UK universities has risen 2 per cent to 50,130, said the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

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This has been boosted by a record 75,380 students applying from outside the European bloc – an increase of 6 per cent on last year. This is the highest figure since Ucas records began in 2009.

Chief executive Clare Marchant said the ‘significant increases in applications from EU and international students demonstrate the continuing popularity of UK higher education’.

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Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Studies at Buckingham University, added: ‘Overseas students continue to be greatly attracted to our universities.

Overall, 636,960 students applied to start degrees this autumn, down two per cent on 2017. There were 511,460 UK applicants, down three per cent on last year, and the gender gap has also widened.

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Almost 98,000 more women than men had applied by the June 30 deadline to start courses this...
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