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International students in UK education

Students from International House Newcastle meeting at Greys Monument

Over 500,000 international students study in the UK each year

Every year close to 500,000 students from 200 nations come to the UK to study at a school, college or university and 600,000 more come to do an English language course.

In addition, over 500,000 international students each year take a UK qualification overseas – for example, online or at a UK overseas campus.

The UK has a long history of welcoming international students from around the globe. And with a reputation for academic excellence, it’s easy to see why so many international students choose a UK education.

Many UK schools, colleges and universities have an international society to help international students settle in and make friends.

International societies tend to offer:

  • social activities such as parties, meals and meet-ups
  • trips to visit local tourist attractions
  • support, friendship and advice.

Ask your school, college or university what resources they provide.

You'll find an insight on UK student life in Student experiences, where other international students share their stories. Find out why they chose the UK, how they settled in and what advice they would give as you start your studies here.

On our YouTube channel, you can also watch films featuring international students studying in the UK, and find out what it is really like.