More than half of overseas students in the UK say they have felt "less welcome" because of policies to cut migration, a survey suggests.
A survey of more than 500 overseas students across 105 institutions showed 52% had a negative perception of the attempts to cut migration numbers.
Almost half of North American students in the UK shared this concern.
Universities have campaigned to have students counted separately from headline migration figures.
Business Secretary Vince Cable recently said that the UK's "torrid" debate on immigration risked damaging the economically valuable recruitment of overseas students.
He warned of the "public panic" over migrant numbers and how it could adversely affect overseas students.