University applications have gone up for the first time in three years – but the rise is fuelled by soaring applications from overseas rather the British students.
Figures from Ucas, the university admissions service, show that 561,420 people have applied to start a course this autumn, the first increase since 2016.
The rise is driven by to a record 63,690 students from outside the European Union (EU) applying to UK institutions, an increase of 9 per cent compared to last year.
The figures will be welcomes by the UK’s higher education sector, which relies on international students to boost its income.
Under EU laws, universities must charge European students the same level of fees as their British peers, but non-EU students can be charged at a higher rate.