Australia attracts international students

Monday 29 February 2016


Figures released today show that almost half a million international students from nearly two hundred countries were studying in Australia in 2015 – clearly demonstrating Australia as a world-class destination for overseas students.

The figures show that Australia’s ranking in the global student community remains strong as they represent growth of 10 per cent on student numbers compared to 2014.

Encouragingly, Chinese students continue to flock to Australia with 136,097 students here last year – an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year. It remains at the top of the list of countries with most international students studying in Australia (27 per cent), with India second contributing 11 per cent.

Other nationalities in the top ten included Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

International education delivered almost $20 billion into the Australian economy last year alone, confirming its importance to the economic and social future of Australia.

Details of the latest international education figures for 2015 can be found at the International Education website.

View the ministerial media release.