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No of international postgraduate students grows by 90%

The number of international students who have chosen to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK has risen by 90% over the last ten years.

Findings put together by the 1994 group of universities showed that while international students grew significantly during this period, domestic students at UK universities have dropped by 12% in the last three years, The Independent reported.

According to the newspaper, the reason why there has been a decline in British students studying postgraduate degrees is likely to be down to rising tuition fees, as many do not have any money left at the end of their undergraduate course to take on further study.

It stated that student numbers on the whole have risen by 42% over the past decade, which is largely down to the influx of international students.

The country that provided the largest group of overseas students to UK universities was China, with 36,290 students taking postgraduate courses in the country in 2011/12. This was followed by Indian students, totalling 19,495.

This comes after Chancellor George Osborne revealed visa applications for Chinese nationals will be simplified to encourage more students from China to study in the UK.

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