Australia’s international student enrolment hit a new high in 2016 to reach a total of 554,179 for the year. The latest data from the Australian Department of Education and Training reports this as a 10.9% year-over-year increase from 2015, against average annual growth of 6.5% per year over the past decade.
More than four out of every ten of those students (43%) were enrolled in Australian higher education, which saw overall growth of 13% for the year. The next-largest sectors were vocational education and training (VET), with 26% of all enrolment and nearly 12% growth for the year, and English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) which accounted for 21% of all foreign students and 4% growth.
International education exports hit a record AUS$21.8 billion, making it Australia’s third largest export after iron ore and coal.
In 2016, India has sent more than 78,000 students to Australia which is approx. 9% increase over 2015. Now, in 2017, the figures are expected to ‘hit the roof’, since many students are looking towards Australia for higher education, given the uncertainty in USA.
Nine out of ten students (89%) say they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their experience of living and studying in Australia.
Nearly three quarters (74%) said that Australia was their first choice or overseas study with most indicating the that reputation of Australian education and personal safety and security were among the major factors in their choice.
With such positive response from the International student community, Australia becomes a ‘hot’ destination for studying at any level – be it Bachelor’s, PG Diploma or Master’s.
Best of all, Australia caters to all levels of students – both academic and financial – and the decision-making process on applications is very fast. Some universities give an admission decision in less than two weeks. And, there are four enrollments per year, for many programs in most universities.
What are you waiting for? If you are looking for quality education at an affordable cost and want to seek ‘Permanent Residence’ (PR) after your education, Australia is the country to jump in.
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