International students’ glowing report card for Australia

Thursday 23 February 2017


Key findings released today by the department have found overwhelming support for Australia as a destination of choice for international students.

View the ministerial media release

International Group’s Annual data for 2016 and findings from the 2016 International student Survey paint a very positive picture of the international student experience in Australia. The 2016 international Students Data shows a record 554,179 international students studying in Australia, an increase of 11 per cent on the previous year. More information is available on the International student data page.

The latest International Student Survey results reveal that nearly 90% of students were satisfied, or very satisfied with their overall experience in Australia. This is higher than the global average reported by international students studying in other countries such as the US and the UK. The 2016 survey is the fourth in a biennial series conducted across Australia since 2010. 

The latest survey had the largest response rate with over 65,000 international students providing feedback on their learning and living experiences across all major educations sectors – higher education, vocational education and training, schools and English language colleges. More information is available on the international student survey for 2016.