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Engineering students outside EU flock to UK universities

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Record numbers of engineering students from outside the EU are applying for places at British universities. 

The number of engineering applicants from outside the EU rose from 26,850 in 2018 to 28,120 in 2019, according to data released by UCAS. It marks the highest number of non-EU applicants for engineering courses ever recorded.  

Across all subjects, a total of 63,690 non-EU students have applied for British universities, marking an increase of 9% year-on-year increase. 

However, engineering applicants from within the EU applying to British universities fell from 12,450 in 2018 to 12,370 in 2019. The current figure represents the lowest number since 2015, with figures consistently falling since the EU referendum was held in 2016.

In addition, there were 120 more female engineering applicants in 2019 than in 2018. Overall, 117,480 male applicants applied for engineering courses starting in September 2019 compared to 17,880 females.

More broadly, the number of students applying to study at UK universities increased for the first time in three years – a total of 561,420 people have applied to start a course at a British university in September 2019, compared to 539,720 in 2016.

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