Double-digit growth in international student enrollments following the end of Covid travel restrictions has caused a multi-million pound windfall for most of the UK’s top research universities, according to recent reports.
With British universities able to charge higher tuition fees to students from the EU for the first time in 2021-22, many Russell Group universities have seen an unprecedented increase in their annual income from overseas students – with the University of Southampton almost doubling its income. International students to £170 million in one year, and King’s College London will increase its international tuition revenue by £95 million from 2020-21.
However, the extraordinary growth was not replicated across all 24-strong research-based institutions, with enrollments flat or slightly down at some northern institutions, including the universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Some of the most dramatic increases in overseas student income have come in London, where UCL’s intake from full-time international students rose from £440.8 million to £512.5 million – an increase of £71.7 million, or 16 per cent. That is offset by a £20m cut in income from “domestic” students in 2021-22, after EU students are removed from this group and start paying the same fees as non-EU students.
Overseas tuition income at the London School of Economics and Political Science rose by £10.3 million to £153.5 million in 2021-22, an increase of 7 per cent, while Imperial College London saw its international fee income rise by £44 million, up 18.5. percent increased.
Queen Mary University of London is recruiting an extra 3,019 international students in 2021-22, a 29 per cent increase compared to last year, bringing the total to 13,451 and an increase of £61 million worldwide. Payments.
The £95 million increase at King’s comes from international postgraduate and undergraduate tuition, growing by 39 per cent and 21 per cent by 2021-22.
Outside the capital, the University of Warwick’s international fee income rose by £40.7 million or 21 per cent to £235 million, the University of Exeter’s income rose 33 per cent to £114 million, and the University of Manchester’s overseas student income increased. From £50.5 million to £356.2 million, an increase of 16.5%.
Those numbers, however, were eclipsed by Southampton, whose full-time international student fee income rose from £85.5 million to £170 million in 2021-22. Southampton’s total of 7,504 full-time equivalent international students is significantly higher than the 5,430 enrolled in 2018-19.
An estimated £7 billion for UK universities in 2020-21, 17 per cent of total income, may underline the growing reliance on international tuition fees, amid fears Home Secretary Suella Braverman plans to hit back at students. Visas.
Russell Group Policy Manager Ben Moore said: “International students generate significant funds that are reinvested in our universities, with wider cultural, social and economic benefits for the UK, while domestic education and research deficits persist. Growing’ and ‘a new sustainable funding system is vital to maintaining quality and choice for students and ensuring UK universities remain global R&D leaders’.
Nick Hillman, director of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, said income from international students was more important than ever, so domestic fees – £9,250 in the UK – often did not cover the cost of teaching.
“International student fees have always been important because they helped subsidize the cost of research, but now they have to subsidize the teaching of domestic students,” Mr Hillman said.