Skip to main content

Overseas Students: EU Nationals

Question for Department for Education

UIN 220125, tabled on 12 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure British universities attract EU students after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered on

20 February 2019

The UK remains a highly attractive destination for both EU and non-EU students, with their numbers remaining at a record high. The total number of international students (EU and non-EU) studying in the UK has increased from 442,000 in 2016/17 to 458,000 in 2017/18.

The government fully recognises the important economic and cultural contribution that EU and international students make to the UK’s higher education sector. We want that contribution to continue and we are confident – given the world-class quality of our higher education sector – that it will. We welcome international students and there continues to be no limit on the number who can come here to study, nor any plans to limit any institution’s ability to recruit them.

That is why the government announced on 21 January that an international education strategy will be produced by the Department for Education and the Department for International Trade in 2019. The strategy will set out the government’s ambition for international education, in which international students play a key role, and plans to support the sector in driving growth in education exports.