Australia a top destination for higher education seekers

Publish Date: Sep 08, 2014

Australia is continuing to attract individuals from overseas to enrol in higher education institutions. 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute of Statistics' Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students data, states that Australia attracts 6 per cent of the global total of mobile students.

This makes Australia the fourth-highest destination country behind United States (18 per cent), United Kingdom (11 per cent) and France (7 per cent). Germany is fifth in the rankings with 5 per cent of mobile students choosing to study there. 

The majority of international students coming to Australia to study are from East Asia and the Pacific. A high number of students that are hosted by Australian higher education institutes come from China (87,479), this is followed by Malaysia (17,001) and India (11,684). 

Worldwide, the number of students who are completing study overseas is increasing according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, from 2 million in 2000 to approximately 4 million in 2012. However, Australia and the other top five countries experienced a drop in international enrolments over this period, from 55 per cent in 2000 to 47 per cent in 2012. 

The UNESCO Institute of Statistics states that while international enrolments are still strong in Australia, the decline is due to increased competition from other destination countries such as China, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and New Zealand. In 2012, these countries hosted 6 per cent of the global share of mobile students. On the whole, the East Asia and the Pacific region hosted 20 per cent of the global share of internationally mobile students. 

Internationally mobile students are individuals who have entered a new country for the purpose of study or are completing a distance learning program overseas.

Getting a study visa in New South Wales

A 2012 report, NSW Strategy For Business Migration and Attracting International Students, by the NSW government's Trade and Investment department identifies Victoria and NSW as the two regions in Australia that host the majority of international students in Australia. The report also outlines the importance of international students in NSW. 

If you are interested in completing a higher education program in NSW you must obtain a valid Australian visa. A student visa enables individuals to study at an Australian educational institution for a specified period of study. 

Every student visa application is assessed on an individual basis. The area of study you are interested in completing and your country of origin will determine what assessment level you will need to reach in order to obtain an Australian study visa. 

If you are interested in applying for a study visa in NSW, an immigration lawyer can help guide you through the process.

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