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How many International Students came to Australia in 2017 so far?

Posted Date: 05 Sep, 2017

Australia is considered as one of the top destinations for international students and had over half a million enrollments in first of half of 2017.

From January to June 2017, a grand total of 583,243  students enrolled* in different education sectors including higher education, vocational education, and training (VET), schools, English language intensive course for overseas students (ELICOS), and non-award.

Top Contributors

According to Department of Education and Training, China is the biggest source of international students in Australia**.

In all the sectors combined, 170,547 Chinese nationals secured enrolments in the first six months of this year. Other top contributors include:

India: 64,364

Malaysia: 25,396

Nepal: 23,614

Brazil 23,534

Vietnam: 23,270

South Korea: 22,650

Thailand: 22,439

As many as 12,328 Pakistani nationals secured enrolments in different education sectors in Australia in the first half of this year.

Higher Education

In terms of the higher education sector, China was the top contributor to the international student enrolments this year from January to June with 108,620 Chinese nationals enrolling. The rest is as follows:

India: 40,997

Nepal: 15,386

Malaysia: 13,196

Vietnam: 12,438

Pakistan: 9,024

Student Visa

The total number of students who were in Australia on a student visa in the first six months of 2017 was 510,348, showing growth of over 14 per cent. In the year 2016, the number of students on such visa was 554,179.

States and Territories

New South Wales had the highest number of students on the student visa in the first half of this year with 192,332 students. This was followed by Victoria with 163,631 students, Queensland with 77,889 students, South Australia with 24,841, Western Australia with 35,033, ACT with 11,368, Tasmania with 5,432 students and Northern Territory with 1,849 students.

*The international student enrolment data generally does not represent the number of overseas students in Australia or the number of student visas issued in different countries. Instead, data counts actual course enrollments. A student attending two different courses in the same reference period (for example ELICOS and Bachelor Degree) will have both enrolments counted. Students will be counted as enrolled in Australia even if they have left Australia temporarily for example during the end of year holidays.

**The information in this article was amended to ensure accuracy. Any inconvenience is regretted.