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The UK is still a top higher education study destination for international students, despite COVID-19

29 September 2020

A record number of international students have chosen to study at UK universities this year, despite predictions that the global pandemic would result in a significant drop in enrolments.

According to UCAS data, the number of students from outside of the EU accepted onto undergraduate courses at UK universities has risen by 9% to an all-time high of 44,300. There has also been a notable increase in students progressing to UK Higher Education programmes from China (12,980) and India (3,150) for the 2020/21 academic year.

According to Study Group’s Executive Director for the UK and EU Dr Mark Cunnington:

“In this challenging and uncertain time for people across the world, we are delighted that to see that record numbers of international students have chosen the UK as their higher education destination of choice this year. It is a testament to the outstanding academic quality, student experience, pastoral support and progression opportunities that UK universities offer to international students, even in the midst of a global health crisis.  

We have collaborated with our university partners to create robust online and blended learning programmes, personalised to meet the needs of international students at this unprecedented time.  

At Study Group, we are impressed by the determination and resilience of our 2020/21 student cohort. They have chosen to pursue their studies and take advantage of the opportunity to progress to the world-class universities with whom work. This outstanding educational environment will set them in good stead to achieve their higher education and career goals.”

Study Group partners with 18 universities in the UK including members of the Russell Group of the UK’s world-class, research-intensive universities - the Universities of Durham, Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff - as well as newer universities such as The University of Strathclyde, named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2019.

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