International Students in Australia: Numbers Surge by 15%

Australia has boosted its popularity as a world-class study destination with a notable increase of 15% in international student numbers in the first three months of this year compared to 2016. The ELICOS sector jumped by almost 38%.

Surging international student numbers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection received over 111,000 student visa applications in the first three months of the year, up from 94,000 for the same period in 2016, according to the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham. “In 2017 Australia hosted a record number of international students as more than 550,000 students from over 190 different nations flocked to our shores”.

The latest figures have indicated Australia’s popularity as a world-class education destination. As confirmed in a 2016 survey by the Australian government, the top reason that international students choose to study here is the reputation of the Australian education system.

Minister Birmingham said the Australian Government was committed to bolstering the sustainable growth in international education and protecting the strong practical measures outlined in Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025.

Numbers increase across all sectors

Students who finished their ELICOS courses at Scots English College

“All education sectors had experienced growth in international students during the first quarter of 2017 — the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students [ELICOS] sector grew by almost 38%, the higher education sector by almost 23% and the VET [vocational education and training] sector by almost 13%”, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke said.

Top 5 source countries sending foreign students

The number of enrollments from China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal has increased, with China showing the highest growth in numbers (almost 30%). These top 5 source countries accounted for 54% of all international student cohort in Australia.

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