Statistics for Q2 2023 show strong recovery continues for UK ELT
29 August 2023

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UK ELT market intelligence: student statistics from Q2 2023 

The latest data from our QUIC cohort confirms that the UK ELT sector saw strong recovery in the second quarter of 2023. The cohort's overall student week volume reached 81% of Q2 2019 levels.  

Almost half of the source countries sent higher student week volumes than in Q2 2019. A number of markets show particularly promising short-term growth potential.

Booking types, sources and age ratios were similar to pre-pandemic norms. As observed in previous quarters, traditional source markets again dominated the top rankings and student weeks from traditionally strong junior source markets in Europe continued to grow. 

>> download the QUIC Q2 2023 executive summary

QUIC is our in-depth quarterly statistics initiative, produced in collaboration with our insight partner BONARD. It currently comprises of a voluntary sample of 38% of English UK member centres. The full detailed report and excel datasets are exclusive to QUIC participants with top lines made publicly available via the executive summary.

QUIC is the most up-to-date intelligence available to monitor and understand the pattern of market recovery.  

Revealed by 125 QUIC members in Q2 2023 

  • 135,000 student weeks in total (+25% on Q2 2022): 83% adult, 17% juniors  
  • Compared with Q2 2022, junior student weeks doubled, and adult were up 16% 
  • Of a potential 217 teaching premises in the cohort, 139 were operational (+18% on Q2 2022) 
  • Overall total student weeks in Q2 2023 reached 81% of Q2 2019 volume 
  • Adults recovered 82% and juniors 78% of their pre-pandemic student week volume 
  • Top five adult source markets: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Turkey, Switzerland and South Korea 
  • Top five junior source markets: Italy, Spain, Thailand, Austria and France 
  • Top 20 source markets accounted for 87% of all student weeks 
  • The proportion of group bookings continued to rebound and surpassed pre-pandemic levels 
  • 80% of student weeks were commisionable bookings (via an agent), slightly higher than in Q2 2019. 
We're grateful to all our QUIC participants for committing their time and resources to submit quarterly data.  

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