International Students

Data from the HESA Student record for 2011/12 shows that there were 2,496,645 students in higher education in the UK in 2011/12. Of these 17.4 per cent were non-UK domiciled students.

The majority (62 per cent) of non-EU domiciled students in 2011/12 came from Asia. However the pattern of participation in UK HE varied significantly between countries. The number of Chinese domicile students at UK HE institutions (HEIs) continued to grow.

The number of Indian, Pakistani, Irish and Polish domicile student numbers fell in 2011/12 for the first time.

Attracting international students: equitable services and support, campus cohesion and community engagement

Equality Challenge Unit research report looking at equity of support and professional services between international and UK students, the relationship between international and UK students, between staff and international students, the ways in which institutions support good relations and how international students engage with local communities and how institutions encourage this.

Black International Students Understanding the Issues

This NUS briefing highlights the issues Black International students face, including the immigration system and issues of hate crime.

Building an Internationalised Students' Union

A NUS Toolkit for both HE and FE students’ unions, which will help students’ unions make a positive impact on the experience of international students in the UK and create a more international union for all students.

Careers services: supporting international students

Equality Challenge Unit guidance on practical ways to: ensure the careers service can provide support tailored to the needs and expectations of international students, increase communication with students and collaboration with academic departments and other support services, improve connections and opportunities for international students outside the university campus.

Disability services: supporting international students

Equality Challenge Unit resource helping staff in disability services to support international students.

International students' services: supporting gay students

Equality Challenge Unit leaflet with information and advice for staff supporting international LGB students.

NUS International Students Campaign

This Campaign aims to represent, support and improve the experiences of all international students in the UK. From fighting for fairer immigration policies to supporting the internationalisation of unions, the Campaign ensures the international student voice is heard.


UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) 

UKCISA is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them. UKCISA provides organisations with information and training to keep up to date on current legislation, regulations and resources. There is also advice specifically for international students on preparing to study in the UK, the fees and finance, working in the UK and immigration.