How the UK compares to other countries



OECD data indicates that, for every 14.3 international students in the UK, there is one UK student studying abroad (OECD Education at a Glance 2016). However, this figure only includes students who study abroad for a minimum of one year.



UNESCO have developed a handy interactive tool (data from 2014) to demonstrate student flows internationally, based on the data they collect for mobility of one year or more.


Erasmus programme

Although the UK has seen a steady increase in the number of students taking part in the Erasmus programme, with a record number of students participating in 2013/14, it still lags behind other European countries. The chart below shows the UK's performance in Erasmus compared to the top four performing countries. The data is based on the European Commission's Erasmus statistics website, and some numbers may differ minimally from the data available on the UK National Agency's website.

Overall, the UK receives more students on Erasmus then it sends. This means that, whilst the UK now comes 5th in terms of the number of students it sends abroad, it comes 4th in terms of the number of students it receives. The chart below shows the UK position in terms of the number of students it sends out as part of Erasmus.

This interactive chart by the British Council allows you to see how many students have studied abroad in various mobility programmes each year since 1996


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