University drop out rates amongst international students

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Dear Higher Education Statistics Agency,

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:

1. What percentage of UK university students are classed as ‘international’ (annually 2012-2015)?

2. What percentage of UK university students who drop out are classed as ‘international’ (annually 2012-2015)?

3. What percentage of 'international' university students in the UK drop out each year (annually 2012-2015)?

4. What percentage of 'home' university students in the UK drop out each year (annually 2012-2015)?

5. Please provide the nationalities (as percentages of the total) of the 'international' students who have dropped out of university each year (annually 2012-2015)? (I.e. their country of permanent domicile prior to programme entry)

6. What reasons do these 'international' students give for dropping out of university?

7. On average, how much money do UK universities receive each year in fees from 'international' students (annually 2012-2015)?

I would like to define 'home' students as those from the UK, and 'international' students as all non-UK students (including EU students). 'Drop out' can include those who leave due to academic failure. I am interested in full-time, undergraduate, first degree students only.

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing or by email that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Katie Strick

HESA Press Office, Higher Education Statistics Agency

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HESA data enquiry reference 36946

 

Dear Katie

 

Thank you for your enquiry. HESA is not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as it is an independent company, owned by its
members, and not deemed to be a public authority. However we will always
try to answer any enquiries.

 

I have provided the background data below, as well as the answer to each
individual question (where available). The latest data we hold is for the
2013/14 academic year, so I have provided the last four years of available
data. Continuation status is calculated using 2 years of data.
Continuation status for 2013/14 students will be available from January
2016. A pdf copy of this email is attached in case any table formatting is
lost.

 

According to the HESA Student record the numbers of full-time first degree
students at UK higher education providers by domicile and continuation
status in 2010/11 to 2013/14 were as follows:

 

Domicile Continuation status 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
UK Continuing at HE provider 721100 753360 739240
  Gained intended award or higher 272975 290470 298855
  Gained other award 18985 20130 20830
  Left with no award 31210 30130 29880
  Dormant or writing-up 30105 28520 27340
  N/A Not in base population 565 0 435 1130740
UK Total   1074940 1122610 1116580 1130740
Non-UK Continuing at HE provider 109155 118860 121995
  Gained intended award or higher 52700 56370 60120
  Gained other award 3210 3485 3695
  Left with no award 4435 4705 4275
  Dormant or writing-up 5795 6080 5645
  N/A Not in base population 20 0 20 203500
Non-UK Total 175315 189505 195755 203500

 

Please note:

 

o All figures have been subjected to our standard rounding methodology
(0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are [1]rounded up or down
to the nearest multiple of 5).
o Definitions for the Student Record can be found here:
[2]http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2880

 

 

1. What percentage of UK university students are classed as
‘international’ (annually 2012-2015)?

YEAR % Non-UK domicile
2010/11 14.0%
2011/12 14.4%
2012/13 14.9%
2013/14 15.3%

 

2. What percentage of UK university students who drop out are classed as
‘international’ (annually 2012-2015)?

Of those who 'Left
with no award',
YEAR % non-UK domicile
2010/11 12.4%
2011/12 13.5%
2012/13 12.5%

 

 

3. What percentage of 'international' university students in the UK drop
out  each year (annually 2012-2015)?

% Non-UK domicile
who 'Left with no
YEAR award'
2010/11 2.5%
2011/12 2.5%
2012/13 2.2%

 

 

4. What percentage of 'home' university students in the UK drop out each
year (annually 2012-2015)?

% UK domicile
who 'Left with no
YEAR award'
2010/11 2.9%
2011/12 2.7%
2012/13 2.7%

 

 

 

5. Please provide the nationalities (as percentages of the total) of the
'international' students who have dropped out of university each year
(annually 2012-2015)? (I.e. their country of permanent domicile prior to
programme entry)

2010/11 % of all non-UK
students who 'Left
Domicile with no award'
China 15.4%
India 6.4%
Nigeria 3.7%
Cyprus (European Union) 3.6%
Greece 3.2%
Germany 3.2%
Ireland 3.0%
France 3.0%
Saudi Arabia 2.9%
Lithuania 2.9%
All others 52.8%
2011/12 % of all non-UK
students who 'Left
Domicile with no award'
China 16.8%
India 6.5%
Saudi Arabia 3.5%
Cyprus (European Union) 3.5%
Pakistan 3.4%
Lithuania 3.3%
Nigeria 3.2%
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of
China) 3.2%
Greece 2.9%
France 2.7%
All others 51.1%
2012/13 % of all non-UK
students who 'Left
Domicile with no award'
China 17.0%
India 5.8%
Nigeria 4.2%
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of
China) 4.0%
Cyprus (European Union) 3.7%
Pakistan 3.6%
Lithuania 2.6%
Romania 2.6%
Greece 2.6%
Saudi Arabia 2.5%
All others 51.3%

 

 

 

6. What reasons do these 'international' students give for dropping out of
university?

HESA does not hold this information

 

7. On average, how much money do UK universities receive each year in fees
from 'international' students (annually 2012-2015)?

HESA finance data does not dis-aggregate tuition fee income from UK and
other EU students.

HESA finance data for 2013/14 will be available from March 2015.

Data on the income of UK HE institutions from non-EU students’ tuition
fees can be found via the following releases:

2010/11:            [3]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/pr174

2011/12:            [4]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/pr188

2012/13:            [5]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/pr201

 

If you have any questions about the data please ask.

 

Kind regards

 

Simon

 

HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions
derived from HESA data by third parties.

 

 

Simon Kemp
Press Officer and Data Protection Officer
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
95 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HZ
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Dear HESA Press Office,

Thank you very much for your response, much appreciated. I will get in touch if I have any further queries about the information.

Yours sincerely,

Katie Strick