According to the Universities UK report, the UK is the second most popular destination for international students, after the US. This trend plays a fundamental role in the UK economy, as well as its society and culture.
Thanks to international students, British learners can create international networks, useful for their future careers. This also allows them to understand different cultures which will allow them to work in a globalised labour market.
Furthermore, teachers benefit from international students as they need to develop new and engaging teaching methodologies, that are suitable and consistent with their previous learning experiences.
Considering the economic aspects, statistics show that in 2014-15, international students were up to 19% of all learners registered at UK campuses, generating £25.8 billion in gross output for the UK economy. Also, this trend increased the UK GDP and supported the whole UK labour market.
Also, it has been estimated that in the academic year 2014-15, international students spent around £6.1 billion in the UK economy. These spendings include payments to the university without the expenditure on tuition fees. Furthermore, international students who applied for online learning programs offered by UK institutions have contributed to the UK economy.
When it comes to international learners, different cities in the UK have benefited from them. However, London is a clear winner, getting £4.64 billion from international students, following by West Midlands, Scotlands and North East.
Finally, this positive trend can be confirmed by the fact that while European students have a net economic impact of £68,000 per students, international students generate £95,00, meaning that every 11 non-EU students contribute £1 million to the UK economy.