A new report released by British Council says that the UK is losing out to the US and Australia in the market share of international students. The market share of the UK for internationals students have been falling in the last three years since 2009/10 academic year. It is also expected that the stringent visa policies will further reduce the number of overseas student enrolment in 2014/15.

Australia has emerged as a major competitor for the UK as the international student enrolment has been steadily increasing for the last two years. After a slump in 2009, Australia is in the recovery phase with more and more international students enrolling for higher education in the country’s universities and it is taking back the enrolment figures to the post-2009 numbers. It is expected that Australia will achieve a double digit growth in the market share of international student population in a couple of years and it will attain the international students figure that is higher than the enrolment numbers in Canada and the UK put together.


The US has become the largest attractor of international students since 2009 and becomes a strong competitor for the UK. The enrolment rate of internationals students for higher education in the US is equal to the total enrolment of international students in the UK and European Union. Further, the undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolling in the US universities are for longer duration as compared to the UK universities.


According to the OECD report, around 170,000 international students have enrolled in the tertiary education sector in the US than the UK.


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