Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students
Large numbers of international students study at various Australian institutions each year; these principles aim to help ensure their safety and protection while they are away from home.
International students in Australia are a diverse group. They are of different ages and at different stages in their lives. Some are single, some are married and some travel to Australia with members of their families. They stay in Australia for varying lengths of time and come from all parts of the globe, including Asia, the Middle East, North and South America, Europe and Africa.
The type of study they undertake is just as diverse: primary and secondary school courses; secondary school exchange programs; English language courses; and higher education courses, such as bachelor or associate degrees, diplomas, postgraduate courses and research.
Australia is a popular destination for international students. In 2009, the country had the highest proportion of international students in all OECD countries, followed by the United Kingdom and Austria.5 In 2011, over 550 000 international students were enrolled in courses in Australia.