Australia is a popular study destination for students from all over the world who wish to gain top-quality education. Every year, the demand for enrolment in educational institutions in Australia continues to rise. In 2017, Studies in Australia recorded that there were 799,371 international students who enrolled in educational institutions in Australia.

Source: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/international-student-data/Documents/INTERNATIONAL%20STUDENT%20DATA/2017/2017%20Time%20Series%20Graph.pdf

Which education sectors are international students enrolling in?

According to the table as supplied by Studies in Australia, most of the international students in Australia are pursuing higher education. In fact, 44% or nearly half of international students in Australia are enrolled in a higher education institute such as universities. 

SectorInternational student enrolments 2017
Higher education350,472
VET217,696
ELICOS155,448
Schools25,762
Non-award49,993
Total in Australia799,371

Previous data also shows that it is common for international students to enrol in ELICOS before pursuing further studies in the VET and higher education sectors. In 2015, 37% of international students who commenced a VET course attended ELICOS previously. Similarly, 30% of international students who pursue studies in a higher educational course had also previously taken ELICOS. 

Which states and territories are international students studying in?

In accordance to their QS ranking as the top 10 world’s best student cities (https://www.topuniversities.com/city-rankings/2019), New South Wales and Victoria as where Sydney and Melbourne is subsequently located attract the largest numbers of international students. 

State/territoryInternational student enrolments 2017
NSW304,545
VIC253,076
QLD123,737
WA53,897
SA35,821
ACT16,910
TAS8,889
NT2,495

Where are Australia’s international students from?

The table below shows the international student enrolments for the top 10 nationalities in 2017. Collectively, they made up roughly 70% of Australia’s student enrolments in all sectors. Each sectors are dominated by international students with different nationalities:

  • Higher education sector was dominated by students from China, India and Nepal;
  • VET sector was dominated by students from India, China and the Republic of Korea; 
  • ELICOS sector was dominated by students from China, Brazil and Japan;
  • School sector was dominated by students from China, Vietnam and the Republic of Korea.
NationalityInternational student enrolments 2017
China231,191
India87,615
Brazil36,496
Nepal35,423
Malaysia32,899
Republic of Korea31,112
Thailand30,730
Vietnam30,536
Colombia21,628
Indonesia20,028
All nationalities799,371

If you’re new or planning to come and study in Australia, please do not worry about your adaptation process! As you can see from the information above, there are lots of international students who are in the same boat as you. It’s also very easy to meet new people and build lasting friendships in this multicultural country. Thus, do not be discouraged and see you in Australia!

For more information about international students data in Australia, you can visit https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/international-student-data/Pages/InternationalStudentData2017.aspx#Time_Series 

Source: https://www.studiesinaustralia.com/studying-in-australia/why-study-in-australia/international-students-in-australia 

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