More UK students choosing universities in the US


A rising number of students from the UK are choosing to go to US universities.

More than 10,000 students from the UK were at US universities in 2013-14, up by 8% on the previous year, according to annual figures from the Institute of International Education.

These students applied in the autumn of 2012, as tuition fees of £9,000 were introduced in England. The analysis of overseas students in the US says the UK students were worth $338m (£216m) to the US economy. Yet the UK remains a small proportion of the record number of 886,000 international students in the US.

Global students

The overall figures show the growing number of Chinese students in the US higher education system – rising by 17% to more than 274,000.

The figures, gathered by the Institute of International Education and the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, show that three Asian countries – China, India and South Korea – account for about a half of all the international students in the US.

There has also been a big increase in students from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

But the biggest group of European students in US universities are now from the UK – the 13th biggest national group and overtaking the number of students from Germany. Read the whole story.

This story was originally published on BBC News – Education.