‘The UK is losing a significant share of the international student market to competitors such as Australia and Canada, with the Conservative government's immigration policy being blamed. The tightening of visa requirements and new rules to make it harder for non-EU graduates to work in the UK after their courses have resulted in yet another fall in enrolments this year as students head for more welcoming countries, according to a series of reports. Only an influx of students from China stopped the fall from being more dramatic.
International students contribute more than £7bn to the UK economy, says UniversitiesUK, the umbrella body for vice-chancellors. The Higher Education Funding Council for England warns that any further fall in fee income would present a significant risk for university finances.
Though still the biggest recruiting country after the US, Britain is losing out to other English-speaking countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand and to a wave of new courses being taught in English across Europe.
The British Council says that the decline in numbers coming to the UK is happening at a time of rising numbers of students globally seeking to study abroad. It reports that the number of study visas issued last year by the UK fell by 2.6%.’ – International Business Times