One in four international students in UK universities is from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. In spite of the large number, very little is known about them.
International students are a vital asset to UK universities bringing tremendous intellectual and cultural diversity and economic benefits to the country.
In 2015, there were approximately 110,000 Chinese students studying in British universities, which means one in four non-UK students studying in Britain at the university level was from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. This ratio will become even larger in the future as East Asian economies continue to grow.
The All-Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group commissioned the British Chinese Project to do a research on Chinese international students in order to understand their experiences and the policy changes necessary to ensure the competitiveness of the UK higher education sector.
This report uses first-hand data collected in online surveys and follow-up interviews with 988 Chinese student participants across the UK. It examines four major areas in Chinese students’ everyday lives: their experiences when accessing UK public services, reception of university services, the immigration system, and social integration.
The report is now in its final stage and will be released to the public in late 2016.