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Overseas Students

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN HL2848, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the export earnings which derive from foreign students attending United Kingdom universities.

Answered on

26 November 2014

In the Government’s International Education Strategy, published in July 2013, the value of international higher education students to the UK was valued at £9.7bn. The international education strategy can be found at More recent data for the 2012/13 academic year is now available. Based on this, BIS estimates that UK exports attributable to international higher education students were £10.4bn.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills