The slight increase in applicants this year has been welcomed by universities, after applications fell last year prompted by a rise in tuition fees.
Rebecca Ratcliffe writes today: Universities have welcomed a 3.5% increase in the number of students applying to start university this autumn, but warn applications are still not back on trend.
Of the non-European countries, Malaysia recorded the biggest rise in applicants at 22% followed by Australasia with a 12% increase.
Around 83% of overall EU applicants, and around 60% of overall non-EU applicants, had applied by the January deadline in the 2010 to 2012 application cycles.
The number of UK 18-year olds applying to universities has risen very slightly, 0.8% compared to 2011, this represents an increase of just over 2,000 people.
The number of applicants to UK universities has risen by 3.5%.
Find out how many people applied and for what subjects • Download the data • More higher education statistics • More data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian The number of applicants to UK universities has risen by 3.5% according to official figures published today.
The latest release from UCAS looks at the number of applicants in the 2013 cycle and includes all applications considered 'on time' for the 15 January deadline.
Around 85% of overall applicants had applied by this time in the 2010 to 2012 application cycles.
Total applicant numbers are up - 558,898 in 2013 compared to 540,073 at the same point last year.
The number of applicants from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have increased although Wales saw a decrease of 2.1%.