BSA and Connexcel Survey of Chinese Parents 2023

Posted: 9th October 2023

The latest Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) survey and report on Chinese parents sending their children to school in the UK launched on Monday October 9, 2023.

Written in partnership with Connexcel, a BSA certified Chinese agent and guardian, the survey gives responses from nearly 1,000 Chinese current and potential parents of pupils in UK boarding schools about the factors driving their decision making on location for their child’s education.

This is our third annual survey on Chinese pupils in UK schools, the second largest group of international pupils here, and reveals interesting data relating to the impact of political factors on parents’ decision to choose the UK over other destinations.

  • Graduate employment and immigration prospects are high on the list of reasons for choosing the UK.  12% of parents stated this in 2021 but that figure is 28% this year
  • 21% of Chinese families state that reducing the length of the Post-Study Work visa, which permits international graduates to continue residing in the UK to search for employment, would lead them to consider studying in a different country.  A further 37% said it would negatively influence that decision.  Conversely, any relaxation in UK immigration policies would be a key factor for 20% of respondents in choosing this country for education and another 46% would be positively influenced to study here
  • The perceived decline in Oxbridge admissions from independent schools was important to 20% of parents and would influence the decision of a further 56% on which country they choose for their child’s education
  • The addition of VAT onto schools fees would impact the decision making of 60% of parents, with 9% saying it would make them choose another country for their child’s education.

The report is available to view via the Members Area. If you have any questions relating to the report, please do not hesitate to get in contact via

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