UK and US driving global drop in ELT students

There was a second year of decline in the numbers of students travelling abroad to learn English in 2016. The UK and the US were the only destinations to suffer declining numbers in 2016, but the change was big enough to bring down overall numbers from around 1.4m students in 2015 to 1.38m students last year, according to StudentMarketing research.

This has just been published, completing English UK's 2016 Student Statistics. The figures also show a second year of decline in student weeks, with a 7.6 percent decrease overall. The UK and the USA decreased in both student numbers and student weeks, but the UK remains the destination attracting the largest numbers of English language learners.

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa showed growth in both student numbers and student weeks, while Ireland, Canada and Malta attracted more students but registered fewer weeks, thanks to increasing popularity of shorter stays. 

English UK annual student statistics reports

Save the date for the English UK Annual Conference & AGM 2018 where the analysis of 2017 data will be released. This data is based on your student weeks data submission, which is changing from 2018 for state sector members to enhance the depth of analysis.


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