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Research on international students

We conduct occasional pieces of research, many of which result in reports which you can download from the publications section of our website. Key themes include:

  • Experiences of international students in the UK
  • Experiences of the UK student visa system
  • Benchmarking international student services in the UK

    Other research on international students

    You can find other relevant research via the following links:

    • Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute , March 2015 on the perspectives of applicants to UK universities on studying with international students.
    • The Student Academic Experience Survey 2014: Summary and recommendations
      This report summarises the results of the 2014 HEPI-HEA Student Academic Experience Survey and makes some policy recommendations arising from the data.
    • Universities UK report International Students in Higher Education: the UK and its competition (September 2014)looks at international student enrolments in the UK, compares them with other countries and assesses the impact of course provision, funding and immigration reforms.
    • Universities UK and British Future report International students and the UK immigration debate (August 2014) assesses public opinion on international student migration.  It draws on a poll of 2,111 people and six workshops.  Key findings include 59% of the public says the government should not reduce international student numbers and only 22% of the public think that international students count as 'migrants'.
    • BIS commissioned report on The Wider Benefits of International Higher Education in the UK. Sept 2013. The report examines the social, economic and political benefits to the UK including 'soft power' through study of international alumni who graduated from UK HE institutions in 2007-8.  The report, overall, is extremely positive.
    • The UKCISA/Higher Education Academy Teaching International Students project, funded by the Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education includes an extensive resource bank on teaching and learning issues relating to international students, including research articles. You can now find this on the resources pages of the HEA website.
    • The Database for Research into International Education - a searchable database hosted by IDP, Australia's main international education body, containing details of over thousands of books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of international education from publishers in Australia and abroad from 1990 onwards.
    • The Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE) is the official journal of the Association for Studies in International Education (ASIE). The ASIE is an inter-organizational body whose mission is to encourage serious research dealing with international education and academic mobility, to stimulate interest in such work (both in the international education community and in academic circles in general), and to develop and promote ways to disseminate this work in an effective format. Through the Journal of Studies in International Education, readers are challenged to consider how international education, cooperation, and exchange will influence and be influenced by an increasingly transnational world. Individuals in the UK can subscribe cheaply to the JSIE through the British Council.

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