Analysis of data acquired from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency has shown that there were 128,770 Nigerian students enrolled in British universities between 2015 and the end of 2022.
The number of students from Nigeria has increased over time as they look for a better education and quality of life.
According to statistics, 16,100 Nigerians studied at UK universities during the 2015–2016 academic year.
Only 12,655 Nigerians were registered for the 2016–2017 academic year, a significant fall that analysts attribute to the recession in Nigeria.
The number of Nigerian students enrolled decreased to 10,685 in 2017/2018, but slightly increased to 10,810 in 2018/2019.
In the academic year 2019–2020, there were 13,020 students registered in total. In the next year, 2020–2021, there were 21,305 students enrolled, a 64 percent increase.
The most students have been enrolled for a session since Nigeria’s independence in 1960—44,195—according to the most recent data made available by HESA.
Nigeria placed third in the top 10 international students list, after China and India, according to a breakdown of the HESA figures.
It was learned that the movement of Nigerian students to overseas schools has continued to be advantageous for international tertiary institutions and their home nations.
In a recent development, the UK is about to unveil new limitations that will likely prevent students from other countries, including Nigeria, from studying in the UK and bringing their families with them.