Even though only one percent of all international students studying in the UK attend universities in Northern Ireland, this year saw a 16 percent rise in the number of students outside the European Union starting their undergraduate careers in Northern Ireland.

The BBC reported that the percentage of Northern Irish youth starting university is also at a five-year high, with 3,840 Northern Irish people leaving school beginning university in England this year, 950 in Scotland and 150 in Wales

UCAS data shows 280 students from outside the EU started university in Northern Ireland this year, an increase from 240 in 2017.

The number of international students from the UK studying in Northern Ireland does not make an impact on the number of local students allowed.

How does it work? The Department for the Economy (DfE) controls the number of undergraduate places available and sets a maximum cap based on financial calculations.

Both Queen's and Ulster universities are concerned about their ability to continue to attract international students and staff after Brexit.

About five percent of 55,000 students in Northern Ireland are from non-EU or EU countries outside the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Learn more about studying in Northern Ireland.