The number of Polish students in the UK increased by 45%

According to the official higher education statistics, covering the 2017/18 academic year, a number of 7,545 citizens of Poland are seeking to get a university degree in UK, marking this an increase of 45% in the past 5 years, reports

Although the international higher education is becoming a more decentralized market, the UK universities remain global leaders and thus continue to attract a large number of students from different countries. EU students remain one of the biggest community of foreigners in UK universities, regarding the statistics.

Poland is among the largest European distributors in the UK’s higher education. According to the latest official education statistics they’re ranked in the top ten countries of origin for EU students attending UK universities.

As of 2017/18, UK universities were home to 7,545 Polish students. This number has followed a year-on-year upward trend statistics show. Five years ago, during the 2013/14 academic year, 5,200 Poland residents were seeking to get a degree in UK. That said, in percentage terms, the number of Polish students in UK universities increased significantly by 45% between 2013/14 and 2017/18.

Out of this number, 3,225 Poland students were first-year students, as opposed to 4,320 students who were in higher years of studies.

Further on, statistics reveal that the majority of these students are choosing England’s universities. Out of the total number of Poland students in UK as of 2017/18, exactly 5,790 students were attending an English university.

Other UK countries shared the number of Polish students in 2017/18 as follows:

  • Scotland – 1,005 students

  • Wales – 730 students

  • Northern Ireland – 20 students

On the opposite, Poland is becoming an attractive study destination as the official education statistics reveal that the number of foreign students aiming to study in this country is increasing rapidly.  

Based on these statistics, as of the 2017/18 academic year, there was a number of 72.7 thousands of international students attending Poland’s universities. That being so, foreign students represented 5.6% of the total number of students in Poland.