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Overseas Students: Commonwealth

Question for Department for Education

UIN 7135, tabled on 23 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many university places were allocated to non-British Commonwealth citizens in each year from 2015 to 2019.

Answered on

31 January 2020

Information on students at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is collected and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). More information is available at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk.

The number of higher education entrants to UK HEIs from Commonwealth countries has been provided in the table.

A list of countries that are currently in the Commonwealth can be found here: https://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries/all.

Entrants to all levels of higher education by domicile prior to study

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19

Academic year

Domicile1

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

UK

756,505

761,005

778,115

775,660

780,105

Other Commonwealth2

51,405

46,750

43,420

46,115

52,235

Non-Commonwealth

180,890

184,670

191,950

201,585

215,285

Total

988,800

992,425

1,013,485

1,023,360

1,047,630

Source:

DfE analysis of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record

Notes:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5, so components may not sum to totals

1 Domicile refers to country of student’s permanent address prior to entry

2 Commonwealth member countries as at 27 January 2020