Overseas students in Australian higher education: a quick guide

Higher education Universities International students Australia

This quick guide provides an overview of key information related to overseas students in Australian higher education. Higher education accounted for 68.5 per cent ($22.2 billion) of international education export income in 2017–18, and 45.6 per cent of all overseas student enrolments in 2018.

While people studying in Australia on a student visa are often referred to as ‘international students’, this quick guide uses the terminology of ‘overseas students’, which is more commonly used in the Australian Government’s Education and Home Affairs portfolios, which have responsibility for policy and programs related to overseas students.

Except where otherwise indicated, the information provided in this quick guide relates to the entire higher education sector. Registered higher education providers are public and private universities, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit non-university providers, including public institutions such as TAFEs.

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