HC Deb 13 February 1980 vol 978 cc648-50W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of overseas students studying in the United Kingdom over the past five years to the latest available date; and if he will give the country of birth, Commonwealth, EEC and other countries.

Dr. Boyson

Statistics for 1977–78 and earlier years are published in the British Council's annual volume "Statistics of Overseas Students in Britain", copies of which are in the Library. Provisional information for 1978–79 relating to students classified as "overseas" for fees purposes at universities and maintained, assisted and grant-aided establishments of higher and further education in the United Kingdom, is set out below:

Country of origin Students
Canada 1,065
Cyprus 1,578
Hong Kong 5,133
India 1,170
Kenya 1,169
Malaysia 12,679
Nigeria 5,883
Rhodesia 1,534
Singapore 1,813
Sri Lanka 2,067
Countries where numbers are less than 1,000 8,610
Total 42,701
Belgium 191
Denmark 158
France 501
Germany, Federal Republic of 1,028
Ireland, Republic of 739
Italy 363
Luxembourg 42
Netherlands 316
Total 3,338
Greece 3,153
Iran 9,151
Iraq 2,485
Jordan 1,876
Libya 1,014
Turkey 1,469
United States of America 3,720
Countries where numbers are less than 1,000 17,935
Total 40,803

Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what the average cost to overseas students from Commonwealth, EEC and other countries was for degree courses over the past five years; and what the average cost will be during the next financial year.

Dr. Boyson

No precise information is available on the average cost to an overseas student for a degree course, or its equivalent, over the past five years. The best indication that can be given for the period is the recommended fee for a first degree course plus the rate of maintenance grant payable through a mandatory award to home students. The cost of travel from abroad is not included.

Following is the available information

Academic year Fee £ Maintenance* £ Total £
1975–76 320 1,048 1,368
1976–77 416 1,218 1,634
1977–78 650 1,413 2,063
1978–79 705 1,549 2,254
1979–80 940 1,761 2,701
* Rate for ordinary maintenance (outside London) adjusted for a full year. Insufficient data is available to calculate the average cost for the next financial year.

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