Increase in international students

Universities Scotland position: One in five students are from overseas allowing institutions to collect £181m last year through international fees. Wider benefits are also being felt in Scotland with an estimated £172m fed into Scotland’s economy by the students. Recent research by Universities Scotland concluded that for every three overseas students in the country, one job has been created.

Universities Scotland states:


“International students make a vital contribution to Scotland. Not only in an economic sense but they also enrich our culture and society and will often stay in Scotland after they graduate, enabling Scotland to retain highly-skilled people. It is a testament to the quality and international reputation of our universities that international students continue to be attracted to Scotland.”