The London city enjoys an enviable position as the second largest market of any global student destination, with an international student population of 19%.
And yet, many of ineed national students have doubts over whether or not they should study in the capital because of negative experiences with current visa policies.
A report published in April 2016 by research programme Hobsons and British Universities International Liason Association (BUILA) show’s that International students not only bring diversity to the country, but also contribute £11 billion annually towards the UK economy.
The report also estimates that the contributions from subsistence spending, such as rent, food, travel, and tuition fees are being paid directly to the UK universities.
The breakdown of granular local and region areas demonstrates just how much each sector gained from international students, with more than £800 million to the North West and £576 million and £2.5 million in the East of England including London.
Their positive influence extends beyond the economic profit to the country. Foreign scholars also directly contribute to the ‘amazing’ selection of course choices available for UK students. Some of the key aspects were that international students enhance the experience of UK students, brining different perspectives to the classroom, enriching campus life through events and societies, and allowing UK students to be exposed to different cultures and ideas.
According to the UK International Unit analysis released in March 2016, foreign students rate the UK as a number one country for student satisfaction, ahead of the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and New Zealand. The report draws on feedback from 365,754 international students studying outside their home country. The findings show that 91% of undergraduates and 89% of postgraduate international students are ‘highly’ satisfied with their UK higher education. Moreover, 85% of all students would actively recommend their UK study experience, which from 2007 went up by 5%.