Study Abroad: 18% increase in international students at Queen’s University Belfast

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One of the top universities in the UK, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), has seen an 18% growth in the number of overseas students with study abroad programme.

In the 2021/22 academic year, more than 2,400 international students are enrolled at Queen’s, according to the university’s annual report, “Moving Forward”. More than 100 international students from Belmont University came to study at Queen’s this year in study abroad programme, making it the school’s first time in history to host the greatest group of international students from a single university.

The same document also points out that international students pay substantial amounts of tuition to the university. In the academic year 2022–2022, Queen’s has received about £57 million in tuition fees, an increase of £7 million from the previous year.

Additionally, the institution received £66 million in tuition payments from full-time students in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The university is home to over 25,000 students from over 96 different countries and employs over 4,300 staff members from over 98 different nations. More than 17,000 of all students are undergraduates, and more than 8,000 are graduate students.

President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Greer said in a statement included in the annual report that the university solidified its leading role in the economic and social development of Northern Ireland this year, which is connected to the ongoing advancement of Strategy 2030 aspirations.

According to a recent London Economics Report, the total impact of our activities is estimated to be £3 billion annually, with teaching and learning accounting for £1,068 million (35%), educational exports accounting for £305 million (10%), and research and knowledge exchange accounting for £1,186 million (39%). Additionally, the impact produced by our operating and capital expenditure is £482 million (16%).

In 1845, Queen’s College Belfast was transformed into Queen’s University Belfast. It is currently the ninth-oldest university in the UK and a Russell Group member. The university was ranked joint 13th in the UK for research output, with 88 percent of its output receiving good ratings on a global scale.

The report’s statistics, among other things, show that Queen’s boosted its overall revenue from £400 million in 2020–21 to around £437 million in 2019–20.

London Economics Report claims that Queen’s activity in a number of sectors, such as knowledge exports and research exchange, has an impact of more than £3 billion. The same notes that every £1 invested in this university boosts the national economy by £8.20.

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