International student numbers slip for first time in UK

January 17, 2014

The number of non-European Union students studying at UK universities fell for the first time in 2012-13, creating concerns amoung institutions over the impact of the government’s drive to cut immigration. The government recently abolished the post-study work visa, which universities say has deterred students from coming to the UK. The data published this week by the Higher Education Statistics Agency also show a 25% drop in the number of Indian first-year students starting courses in 2012-13, following a 32% dip the previous year. Non-EU students made up 13% of the total student population at UK universities in 2012-13. Times Higher Education