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UK Universities Witnesses 50% Rise In US Students Post-Brexit

UK universities have seen an almost 50% increase in the number of US students applying for courses since Brexit. This has coincided with a 40% drop in the number of European Union students coming to the United Kingdom between 2020 and 2021.

The rise is the “largest proportional increase in applicants of any major nation”, UCAS said in a report. First-year foreign students contribute £28.8bn to the national economy, according to the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

In a recent report, UCAS revealed that undergraduate applications from outside the EU rose by over 12% to a record 111,255, with 54,030 placed – an increase of 2% over the previous year. China remained the largest market with 30,845 applicants and 16,310 placed, followed by India with 11,075 applicants and 4,600 placed.

The USA saw the largest proportional increase in applicants of any major nation to 7,980, an increase of over 48%. The number of placed applicants from the USA increased by 32% to 2,710.

The figure for 2022 was 5,280 – which represents a fall in 2021 – however a spokesman pointed out that this will likely rise as international applicants can apply after the January cut-off date.

And when compared with 2013 – when there were 2,710 applicants – the figure has almost doubled in nine years, UCAS pointed out.

The UK also has numerous world-leading academic institutions – most notably the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

This has seen the number of international students coming to the UK growing from 216,565 in the 2000/1 academic year to 605,130 in 2020/21, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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