South Korea reports gains in foreign students

Some 430 South Korean universities see gains in foreign student numbers as they collectively report strong growth in international student enrolments totalling 160,165 as at 1 April 2019.

Reflecting the continued expansion of recruitment marketing by the country, the growing numbers of students from overseas contrasts falling domestic enrolments primarily due to declining demographic trends.

The new record continues the trend of growth from 2014/15 which saw South Korean universities reversing three consecutive years of falling student numbers from 2012 to 2014. This represents growth of 75% between 2015 and 2019; just under 69,000 additional students were enrolled.

China in top spot

China remains the largest contributor as country of origin accounting for more than 44% of enrolments this year. However, as a percentage of foreign students overall, Chinese students have shown a decline since 2010.

Vietnam (almost 25%), Mongolia (nearly 5%), Japan (3%) and the United States (2%) complete the top five.

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