New figures realised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England have shown that there are almost as many Chinese students doing Masters Degrees in England as there are British students.
According to data released at the start of April, overall, 75% of all Masters Students in universities in England are foreign.
Despite the large number of international postgraduate students currently studying in England, numbers fell between 2010 and 2013. Rising fees and new government visa restrictions are thought to have attributed to the decline, which marks the first fall in numbers for 3 decades.
In total, the number of full-time postgraduate students from China in England reached 28,390 last year. This figure represents a 9% increase when compared to figures from the previous year.
Higher Education Funding Council for England’s report shows that 26% of full-time postgraduate students in England were British and 23% were Chinese.
The report shows that maths and media studies were the most popular subject selections for Chinese students, making up 50% of total intake. Business studies, engineering and architecture were also popular choices for Chinese students.
Home to 6 of the world’s top 20 universities, the UK is a popular higher education choice for international students. Asian students are particularly drawn to studying in England because of cultural ties and high living standards.
Students who come from richer backgrounds often tend to stay in high-end, purpose-built accommodation which is close to university campuses.
Purpose-built student accommodation also offers a higher level of security for students as most building have 24/7 CCTV and secure key fob locks to enter the building. This extra level of security is a comfort for students who only have family overseas and provides peace-of-mind for parents who are living abroad.