India is sends nearly 16,000 Indian students to the UK for higher education during 2005-06, according to the latest official figures of high fee-paying overseas students.
China is the largest source of overseas students, accounting for 52,000 students during 2005-06, while the US is third with 14,000 students. In all, 157,000 overseas students in the UK during the year. Overseas students together contribute 8.5 billion pounds a year as cash-strapped universities compete to invite them to study in their universities. The figures show that overseas students amount to 25 per cent of the immigrants, compared with 20 per cent five years ago. The number of foreign students has doubled since 1998. Business and administration is the most popular subject among students from abroad, followed by engineering and technology. University College London constitutes the largest number of overseas students with nearly 27,000 on its books, but the London School of Economics topped the list of universities dominated by overseas undergraduates and postgraduates with 64 per cent coming from overseas.