Did Brexit impact University enrolments nation wide?

The Higher Education Statistics is the official agency for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the United Kingdom. Data collected by the Higher education statistics agency shows that between the years of 2012 and 2016 enrolment of EU students
enrolling to study in the UK increased by 7.6%.

The latest figures show the enrolment of new EU students has dropped by 1.2% between September 2016-2018 to 62,270. Data from the University of Reading shows not a decrease but an increase of both EU and Non-EU students enrolling at the university.

Their results show an increase of EU students wanting to study in the UK by 25.5% between the years 2015 and 2018.

University of Reading student Isabelle Wetzel,21 originally from Regensburg Germany “I think that having such a wide range of both international and EU students is important especially in a town like Reading, where diversity is celebrated. I get to associate myself with a variety of cultures and people who I don’t experience in Regensburg.”

In 2015 UoR welcomed 1251 EU students, during the year of the Brexit referendum in 2016 the University of Reading has had an 11.2% increase in EU students.


The university welcomed a total of 5021 non-UK students in 2017/8, with only 1570 of those being EU citizens. Isabelle “Because I study Foreign Policy, personally I think not being British has helped me a lot with my course in terms of understanding how other countries function especially when they are not part of the Schengen just like England.”

In 2015 international students export earnings generated £1.27 billion for the South East of England alone.