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Chinese applications to British universities surge by more than third to reach record high

By ITS Education Asia

The number of Chinese students applying for places at British universities has surged by more than a third this year to reach a record high, official figures show. The latest statistics from UCAS also show that applications from European Union (EU) students have dropped by 2 per cent on last year – from 43,890 to 43,030 – following fears over Brexit. 

But a record 73,080 people have applied from countries outside the EU – up 14.7 per cent compared to last year. It has been driven by large increases in applicants from China, India and Hong Kong.

Chinese students now represent more than 10 per cent of all revenue at some universities in the UK, according to an analysis by trade magazine Times Higher Education (THE).

This increase in applications is not surprising given the recent troubles in Hong Kong and now the outbreak of the Corona virus in the region. 


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