International students increasingly look to London as their preferred study destination. 2019-20 is an exceptional year for international students in the British capital, strengthening the city’s position as the best study option on the world stage.
According to new data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the total number of international students in London universities rose to 135,490, an increase of 8.4% over the previous academic year at the highest level in existence. . It is also an increase in the number of international students in London for the seventh year in a row, demonstrating the growing attractiveness of the British capital for future international students.
Indian students who chose London saw the largest increase. India rose from third place in 2018-2019 and became the second largest international student market that year. The data shows that 13,435 Indian students are enrolled in London universities, an impressive 87% compared to 7,185 students last year. China retained its first place while the United States fell to third place.
It’s an impressive growth period for India, which rose to second place this year after falling to fourth place in 2017-18 before moving to third place the following year. Figures for 2019-2020 show an unprecedented 152% increase compared to 2017-2018.
Indian student applications may have been encouraged by the UK government’s reintroduction of the two-year postgraduate visa for international students, which allows foreign graduates to seek employment longer after graduation.
Lalage Clay, Director of Education and Talent at London & Partners, said: “These new figures clearly confirm the status of one of the world’s leading universities in London. The staggering growth in the number of Indian students who have chosen London shows the great opportunity that study in the British capital offers, as well as the possibility of staying in the UK for two years after graduation. Whether in fashion or finance, accounting or art history, prospective international students know that when they choose London, they are choosing a world-class education and cultural experience, not like the others. “