Fewer Chinese students enrolling into English-speaking countries

ICEF Monitor reports fewer Chinese students are enrolling across most of the English-speaking education world. However, the UK stands alone in seeing the largest growth in Chinese entrances but this is expected to have limited scope for future expansion.

The UK does also have a significantly high proportion of Chinese students at 45% of total international student visa recipients to the country. The weakened British Pound, Brexit concerns and North America/Chinese political and trade tensions may be significant drivers for this growth according to two ex-British Council staffers, Jeremy Chan and Anna Esaki-Smith. Their report “Rethinking China: The End of the Affair” was released this week.

As reported earlier this month on Studivest (http://studivest.com/marginal-growth-in-us-foreign-enrolment-numbers) some of the growth in US in foreign student numbers is attributed to attendance on Optional Practical Training (OPT) programmes. This is also thought to be the case in other English-speaking countries where enrolments in undergraduate and graduate programmes are showing slight rises in Chinese student numbers.

Of the four English-speaking countries studied, UK, US, Canada and Australia the first will show the largest growth in Chinese commencements.  However, the report does state for the UK that: “Overreliance on Chinese enrolments means there is little room for further, sustainable growth beyond current enrolment levels.”

The below graphic shows the distinct differences between the four countries.



The report also notes the move by the British Government to reinstate the full two-year post-study work rights that had been reduced by the previous Home Secretary, Theresa May, in 2012. As reported here: http://studivest.com/uk-restores-two-year-post-study-work-visas, the move is seen as a major boost in the UK’s appeal for overseas students.

It also discusses how the domestic educational provisions and rising quality of institutions in China is likely to lead to more students studying in their home country rather than abroad.

For more details on the report visit: https://tinyurl.com/tmtyb5l