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International students enrolled in higher education Australia 2009-2019

In 2018, there were over 440,000 international students enrolled in higher education across Australia. The number of international students enrolled in higher education in Australia has steadily increased from 2009, in which there were just above 226,000 students from overseas. Studying in Australia has become extremely popular due to its high standard of education and multicultural environment.

Education export income

For Australian citizens, tertiary education is made more accessible through government supported subsidies and a payment deferral scheme. However, non-citizens and international students must pay the full cost of their degree, which can be well over 20,000 Australian dollars per year. Despite the relatively high cost of education in Australia, it is a popular choice for international students and education exports contribute significantly to the Australian economy. In 2019 alone, the total value of education exports in Australia was 37.6 Billion Australian dollars, representing a steady year on year increase since 2013. International student fees are also the second most valuable source of income for universities, after funding from the Australian government.

International student population

With the substantial income that international students bring to tertiary institutions, it is perhaps unsurprising that the proportion of international students at many Australian universities can be as high as 40 percent of the total student population. In 2018, the total number of international students enrolled in higher education numbered almost 400,000 with Chinese students making up over a quarter of the International student population. The majority of international students come from Asia and the Indian subcontinent, however students from Brazil and Columbia were among the top ten international student groups in 2019.

Number of international students enrolled in higher education in Australia from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

December 2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The international student enrolment data generally does not represent the number of overseas students in Australia or the number of student visas issued in different countries. Instead data counts actual course enrolments. The exception is the data at the beginning of a month which represents a close approximation to the number of students enrolled on that day.

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