StudyAbroad: Australia sees 15% increase in number of international students

StudyAbroad: International student numbers in Australia grew by 15 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, figures show.


Some  520,737 international students were enrolled in Australia in March 2017, of which about 280,000 were on university courses, according to statistics released by the country’s Department of Education and Training on 26 May.


Overall, 30 per cent of the international students were from China, and 11 per cent were from India, while Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal each accounted for 4 per cent, generating A$22.4 billion (£13 billion) in income for the Australian economy (A$15 billion when only higher education students are considered).



Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia, said that the latest growth figures highlighted the enormous contribution of Australia’s high-quality university system to national prosperity.


“We know that international students are attracted to Australia by the excellent quality of the education we provide and the calibre of both teaching and research here,” Ms Robinson said.


Data released by Universities Australia also confirm the huge contribution that international students make to the economies of each state and territory across Australia.


In terms of enrollment, there were 520,737 international enrollments in March 2017, the bulk of which were in higher education (54 percent), followed by vocational education and training (VET) (23 percent), English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (Elicos) (14 percent), non-award (six percent) and schools (four percent).


“All education sectors had experienced growth in the number of international students during the first quarter of 2017 – the Elicos sector grew by almost 38 percent, the higher education sector by almost 23 percent and the VET sector by almost 13 percent,” Assistant Immigration and Border Protection Minister Alex Hawke said.


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