International students studying in Australia between 2002 and 2021

This page provides a historical analysis of the total number of international students who have studied in Australia on student visas between 2002 and 2021.

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This analysis is presented as two student cohorts: (i) those who had studied between 2002 and 2020 and were no longer studying in 2021, and (ii) those who were commencing or continuing study in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students were unable to enter Australia in 2020 and 2021 but continued their studies from outside Australia. Students who may have studied on more than one occasion over the period of 2002 to 2021 are only counted once.

Between 2002 and 2021, 3,530,531 international students studied in Australia. Of this total, 84 per cent (2,981,512 students) were no longer studying in 2021 and 16 per cent (549,019 students) were commencing or continuing study in 2021.

Country Students that studied between 2002 and 2020 and were no longer studying in 2021 Students commencing or continuing study in 2021
China 629367 164928
India 345613 97245
Korea, Republic of (South) 147949 13161
United States of America 156912 3417
Malaysia 124481 14961
Nepal 94312 42985
Brazil 112612 13823
Japan 105149 5410
Thailand 93299 9972
Vietnam 80803 20110
Indonesia 84539 15034
Colombia 60854 14104
United Kingdom † 60448 4599
Taiwan 56531 8160
Germany 61372 1743
Singapore 55575 6109
Pakistan 43064 13439
Philippines 39197 13777
Hong Kong 39382 10248
Sri Lanka 35788 11331
Canada 39643 3155
France 35587 2492
Italy 32535 3956
Saudi Arabia 29294 3895
Bangladesh 26920 6000
Spain 26750 1715
Norway 27432 394
Sweden 21347 577
Chile 15781 2531
Mexico 16778 1249
Region % share of total
North-East Asia 33.8
Southern and Central Asia 20.6
South-East Asia 16.4
Americas 13.1
North-West Europe 7.8
Southern and Eastern Europe 3.7
North Africa and the Middle East 2.5
Sub-Saharan Africa 1.7
Other 0.4

Source: Department of Education, PRISMS

International students studying in Australia (2002-2021)

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This file contains a count of international students studying in Australia between 2002 and 2021, by source country.

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