Australia is the best place to study overseas for the second year running, a new study has found.
In its annual study of the international student community, University of Melbourne researchers found the country was home to a whopping 80,000 international students, up 12% from last year.
That number includes around 11,000 students studying in Australia, with around 10,000 studying in the US and Canada.
“This is a significant rise in numbers compared to last year,” said Professor Matthew Walker from the School of Social Sciences and Global Policy at the University of New South Wales.
“We’ve had a very high number of international students since 2013 and this is a result of the changes in Australian politics in recent years.”
Mr Walker said it was a “really good sign” that the number of students studying overseas had risen to around 30,000 this year.
The study was carried out by the University’s International Research Centre and the University Research Institute of the University at Adelaide.
It included an analysis of the top international student destinations around the world.
Australia is home to around 80,00 international students.
Photo: Andrew Meares “We found that in 2015-16, Australia was home for about 15,000 overseas students and we expect that to increase in 2016-17,” Professor Walker said.
“In 2016-2017, overseas students accounted for nearly 40% of the total overseas students.”
The number of overseas students at our university increased by 15% to around 29,000.
Professor Walker and Mr Walker say the growing international presence of Australia’s international students has been an important factor in the country’s economic growth. “
Over the last year, the number and quality of international education in Australia has been increasing and we’re seeing this rise continue,” Professor Paul Cocks, an associate professor at the School, said.
Professor Walker and Mr Walker say the growing international presence of Australia’s international students has been an important factor in the country’s economic growth.
“Our research suggests that Australia’s foreign students are a significant part of our economy,” Professor Cocks said.
“International students account for approximately 10% of our student population.”
They make up almost 30% of total overseas student spending and we estimate that their presence is responsible for $12.5 billion in direct and indirect tax revenues.
“International students in Australia have grown in recent decades.
Photo by Kate McGowan.
Australia has seen an increase in international students in the past two years, with the country taking the top spot for international student spending in 2015.
Professor Walker said the University was looking at how international students affected Australia’s universities and the economy. “
Australia has the highest number of foreign students in any major economy in the world and this rise in international student numbers is an important economic driver for the country,” Professor Cameron Smith from the University said.
Professor Walker said the University was looking at how international students affected Australia’s universities and the economy.
“There’s a lot of interest in international education and there’s a huge demand for international students to study here,” he said.