External information on international students studying in Australia or in other countries is available below.
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Student visa grants in Australia, Canada, UK, and USA
The COVID-19 pandemic influenced a decline in student visa grants in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA between 2019 and 2020.
Time series of student visa grants since 2019 in these four countries are provided below.
External sources by country
Department of Education
The Department of Education manages the Higher Education Statistics Collection which provides data relating to domestic and international students studying in Australian higher education institutions.
Department of Home Affairs
The Department of Home Affairs publishes quarterly and annual reports which provide data about Australia's Student Visa Program. These reports incorporate data on student visa applications lodged and student visas granted.
Student Visa Statistics (Pivot Tables)
These pivot tables provide data on student visa applications lodged and student visas granted in the current and previous financial year.
The Department of Home Affairs publishes quarterly reports on the number and composition of temporary entrants and New Zealand citizens present in Australia at a particular date, including student visa holders.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
NCVER is an independent body responsible for collecting, managing and analysing national VET statistics and survey data that cover both domestic and international students studying in Australian public VET institutions.
English Australia is the national peak body for the ELICOS sector and publishes data on international ELICOS students in Australia on student visas and other visa types.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Study permit holders by country of citizenship and year in which the permit(s) became effective.
Education Counts is an official government source of information about international students studying in NZ. It includes international students’ progression through the New Zealand education system, their academic achievement, support provided for international students and international students’ experiences in New Zealand. It also includes information of graduate employment outcomes and graduates ongoing links to New Zealand as alumni.
Education New Zealand (ENZ)
ENZ is the lead government agency for the promotion and representation of New Zealand education. The IntelliLab is a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at higher education institutions in New Zealand.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
HESA is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the UK, including domestic and international students at higher education institutions.
Home Office of the United Kingdom
The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics relating to the issuances of visas to individuals intending on studying in the UK.
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
UKCISA serves the interests of international students and all who work with them in universities, colleges and students' unions and collates research and statistics from a variety of sources.
Institute for International Education (IIE)
IIE provides a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at higher education institutions in the United States, and US students studying abroad for academic credit at their home institutions.
U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
The Bureau of Consular Affairs publishes monthly statistics relating to the issuances of visas to individuals intending on studying in the USA.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
UIS’s online data centre gives access to data and tools to build customised statistical tables.
UIS provides interactive graphical access to UIS data on international student mobility.
Education at a Glance
On 12 September 2023, the OECD released Education at a Glance 2023, a report that highlights Australia’s performance in educational delivery and outcomes in comparison with other 37 OECD member countries and some partner countries. It covers early childhood education, school, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education. This year’s report focuses on the VET theme, while also covering other parts of the education system. The report shows that Australia’s primary to tertiary education system is well-funded by international standards, and its tertiary education system continues to perform well above the OECD average in delivering high levels of participation and attainment and strong labour market outcomes.
The Australia Country Note provides an overview of the key characteristics of the education system in Australia. It draws on data from Education at a Glance 2023 report.
A developing database of statistics developed by OECD, including the indicators published in Education at a Glance.
Education Policy Outlook
The OECD publishes an Education Policy Outlook each year which monitors the evolution of policy priorities and policy developments across OECD participants worldwide. This includes a comparative analysis and highlights best practice examples together with what can be improved over time.
The OECD also publish Education Policy Outlook country profiles which review a selected country’s education system and examine its challenges and policy responses according to six policy levers.
Australia participated in the inaugural suite of Education Policy Outlook country profiles in 2013.
Project Atlas collects and reports accurate, timely and comprehensive data on global student mobility.