IELTS task 1: International student enrolment in British universities

International student enrolment in British universities

The bar chart shows the percentage of international students enrolled in British universities in two years, 1990 and 2014.

The majority of the universities managed to increase the percentage of international students present at their institutions. The universities that experienced the largest increase were the Scottish ones: Glasgow jumped from 4% to 6%, while Edinburgh’s percentage doubled from 3% to 6%. In England, Huddersfield also increased its percentage of foreign students considerably. The university with the largest percentage in both 1990 and 2014 was Brighton, at 12% and 13% respectively.


The only university to loose international students in percentage terms was Cardiff, falling from 2% to 1%. All universities underwent some change, except Liverpool whose proportion of international students remained stable at 8%. Manchester, Bristol and Leeds each experienced an increase, albeit of a smaller proportion, in the range of
1-2 percentage points growth.

Over the twenty-four year period, changes in the percentage of students enrolled has fluctuated but generally towards an upward trend. The decrease was in Cardiff, which falls short of the leader Brighton, by 12 points.

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