International students in Australia
- How many international students are studying in Australia?
Which education sectors are international students studying in?
Which states and territories are international students studying in?
Where are Australia's international students from?
Australia is a popular study destination with students from around the world wishing to gain a top-quality education. Each year, many new international students enrol in Australian courses and add to the already significant international student body around the country.
In 2012, 515,853 international students were enrolled in education programs in Australia. Of these, there were 230,923 international students enrolled in the higher education sector.
Most of the international students in Australia are studying in the higher education sector, followed by the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector and the schools sector (see table below).
Data also shows that the schools and ELICOS sectors continue to provide a popular pathway for international students moving into the VET and higher education sectors. In 2012, 56 per cent of students who studied ELICOS courses moved into the VET and higher education sectors, while 35 per cent of international students who studied in Australian schools went on to study in the VET and higher education sectors.
|Total in Australia||515,853|
New South Wales and Victoria attract the biggest numbers of international students. New South Wales registered 194,003 international students in 2012, while Victoria registered 148,860 international students. The other states and territories have smaller numbers of international students and smaller numbers of students overall.
The table below shows the international student enrolment numbers for the ten countries in 2012 that had the highest numbers of students studying in Australia, which made up 69 per cent of Australia’s international student enrolments in all sectors. The largest number of enrolments in the higher education sector were from China, Malaysia and India; the largest in the VET sector were from India, China and Thailand; the largest in the ELICOS sector were from China, Brazil and the Republic of Korea; and the largest in the schools sector were from China, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. There were some slight differences in the top ten countries in 2012, with Brazil overtaking Nepal and Pakistan overtaking Saudi Arabia in terms of international student enrolments. Data also showed a significant increase in the number of student visa applications from Colombia and the Philippines.
|Republic of Korea||27,719|
The information in this article was sourced from the Australian Government’s Australian Education International 2012 international student enrolments data.