Overall figures

Overall figures

27 Apr 2016

In the UK, the main source of data on the number of students studying or on work placement abroad as part of their degree comes from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). For the academic year 2014/15, institutions reported 35,000 instances of mobility to HESA, among 31,720 students, of whom 24,185 were UK domiciled students.

Average proportion of students going abroad

  • UK students only: 1.3%

  • UK undergraduate students only: 1.3% 

  • UK undergraduate second and third year students only: 2.6%

While the proportion of students going abroad in 2014/15 by nation of institution was as follows:

Note: These figures exclude the Open University

Type of mobility

When only considering UK domiciled students, the breakdown by instances of mobility can be seen below. (Note: some instances involved more than one type – for example, a student might be both studying and working – the data here represents the main type identified by the institution).

Broken down by proportion, 75.9% of students were studying abroad, 23.6% were working and 3.3% were volunteering. 

Distribution of types of mobility in 2014/15 

Level of study

When only considering UK domiciled students, the breakdown by their level of study can be seen below. 

Broken down by proportion, 96.2% were undergraduate, 2.3% were postgraduate research and 1.5% were postgraduate taught students. 

Distribution of mobilities in 2014/15 by level of study

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