The new academic year is nearly upon us. For many young people, the next few weeks will be filled with bag packing and looking forward to new adventures, with many students heading to university for the first time from across the UK – and even further afield.
The number of international students heading to Higher Education institutes in the UK is steadily on the rise. In 2012 – 2013, there were 425, 265 students from outwith the UK studying at universities within the country. Of those students, 106,060 came from other countries within the EU, and 268, 245 were non-EU students. These numbers made up 15% of all full time first degree students, 71% of full time taught postgraduates and 49% of full time research students.
The largest numbers of non-EU students come to the UK from China, India, Nigeria, the USA and Malaysia, whilst the top EU countries sending students to study here are Germany, Ireland, France, Greece and Cyprus. International students contribute a great deal to the UK's economy, with international students spending £10.2 billion on tuition fees and living expenses in 2011 – 2012. But they also enhance the cultural life of the UK, bringing in other cultures and experiences to enrich the lives of the home students they study alongside.
If you're an international student preparing to study at any of the UK's universities this year, you'll be looking forward to immersing yourself in the student lifestyle and UK culture. But you'll also know the importance of staying in touch with friends and family back home. With JustCall, you can make cheap calls abroad – so whether home is India, China or France, you can focus on making the most of your studies, safe in the knowledge that you can phone loved ones for as little as 1p/min.