Enhancing international student graduate outcomes

Below are some resources to help education providers to enhance their international students’ study experience when in Australia and improve their graduate outcomes for employability.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring all students who study in Australia are prepared for both employment globally. The future of work is changing, and international students need to be equipped with the skills and experience to ensure their success.

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Improving employment outcomes for students returning to their home country

Positioning Australia to remain a competitive study destination is a research report produced by the Department of Education and the consultants at Nous Group. It has recommendations to help education providers offer the best courses and resources for international students so they are employment-ready after graduating and returning to their home country.

Delivering programs as an education provider to improve student graduate and employment outcomes

International Student Employability: A Guide for Australian Education Providers shares best practice and practical examples for providers to improve their course offerings.

The guide to engaging international students with work integrated learning offers a range of ideas for providers to develop work-integrated learning like internships, placements and work experience into their courses.

For ready-made materials that education providers can offer to their international students to support their studies, explore the Support for international students page.

Data on international student graduate outcomes

Recent data on the employment outcomes of international student graduates in Australia are available on the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website.

Visit the Graduate Outcomes Survey page to access the 2021 International Graduate Outcomes Survey International Report and Key Findings.

Enhancing International Student Employability Webinar

The department previously hosted the Enhancing International Student Employability webinar for education providers on 1 December 2020. In the webinar, experts in improving international student graduate outcomes discussed best practice in: 

  • education provider support for students
  • preparing and supporting students in work integrated learning
  • the importance of supporting entrepreneurship.

Watch the webinar recording

Success stories

The following success stories showcase some great examples of how some international students prepared for employment during their studies:

The Enabling Growth and Innovation Program

The Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Program was an annual fund administered by the department for initiatives that supported the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025. Many of the projects (and published reports) under this program are valuable resources for education providers. 

Read the published EGI projects 


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