*Higher education academic year: January to December


2011

Higher Education Sector

Higher Education Students Total
Domestic higher education students 888,431
International higher education students 242,351
All higher education students (both domestic and international) 1,130,782
Higher education Institutions Total
Public higher education institutions 128
Private higher education institutions 69
All higher education institutions 197

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 242,351
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 97,423 40.2%
2 Malaysia 17,973 7.4%
3 India 15,507 6.4%
4 Vietnam 10,967 4.5%
5 Indonesia 9,351 3.9%
6 South Korea 8,772 3.6%
7 Singapore 8,381 3.5%
8 Nepal 6,895 2.8%
9 Saudi Arabia 6,189 2.6%
10 Thailand 3,722 1.5%
All Others 57,171 23.6%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 20,906
Top 5 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 USA 3,159 15.1%
2 China 2,009 9.6%
3 UK 1,812 8.7%
4 Canada 1,080 5.2%
5 Italy 953 4.6%

2010

Higher Education Sector

Higher Education Students Total
Domestic higher education students 857,384
All higher education students (both domestic and international) 1,087,979
Higher education Institutions Total
All higher education institutions 125

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 230,595
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 75,558 32.8%
2 India 19,238 8.3%
3 Malaysia 15,687 6.8%
4 Hong Kong 10,395 4.5%
5 Indonesia 8,977 3.9%
6 Vietnam 8,950 3.9%
7 Singapore 8,189 3.6%
8 South Korea 6,927 3.0%
9 United States 6,642 2.9%
10 Saudi Arabia 5,079 2.2%
All Others 64,953 28.2%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 10,330
Top 5 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 3,267
2 New Zealand 2,996
3 United Kingdom 1,643
4 Germany 421
5 France 352

2009

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 245,593
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 69,290 28.2%
2 India 26,398 10.7%
3 Malaysia 19,831 8.1%
4 Hong Kong 12,913 5.3%
5 Singapore 10,347 4.2%
6 Indonesia 10,065 4.1%
7 United States 8,198 3.3%
8 Vietnam 7,595 3.1%
9 South Korea 6,759 2.8%
10 Canada 4,439 1.8%
All Others 69,758 28.4%
Level of Study Number of Students Percent of Total
Undergraduate 134,970 55.0%
Graduate/Post-Graduate 95,303 38.8%
Non-degree (all levels) 15,320 6.2%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 9,968
Top 5 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 3,150
2 New Zealand 2,943
3 United Kingdom 1,647
4 Germany 347
5 Japan 326

2008

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 223,508
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 56,603 25.3%
2 India 26,062 11.7%
3 Malaysia 18,349 8.2%
4 Hong Kong 12,507 5.6%
5 Indonesia 9,879 4.4%
6 United States 9,280 4.2%
7 Singapore 8,595 3.8%
8 South Korea 6,311 2.8%
9 Vietnam 5,190 2.3%
10 Thailand 4,195 1.9%
All Others 66,537 29.8%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 9,864
Top 5 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 3,091
2 New Zealand 2,809
3 United Kingdom 1,610
4 Japan 337
5 Germany 328

2007

Higher Education Sector

Higher Education Students Total
All higher education students (both domestic and international) 959,195

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 202,448
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 51,145 25.3%
2 India 27,586 13.6%
3 Malaysia 15,640 7.7%
4 United States 10,177 5.0%
5 Hong Kong 10,068 5.0%
6 Indonesia 8,107 4.0%
7 Singapore 7,612 3.8%
8 South Korea 6,369 3.1%
9 Thailand 4,806 2.4%
10 Germany 3,854 1.9%
All Others 57,084 28.2%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 9,968
Top 10 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 2,859
2 New Zealand 2,750
3 United Kingdom 1,771
4 Germany 392
5 Japan 361
6 Sweden 314
7 Denmark 310
8 France 289
9 Canada 183 (2006)
10 Switzerland 75

2006

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 167,954
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment
Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 China 27.0%
2 India 14.2%
3 Malaysia 8.8%
4 Hong Kong 5.9%
5 Indonesia 5.1%
6 Singapore 4.7%
7 South Korea 3.3%
8 Thailand 2.8%
9 Taiwan 2.2%
10 Japan 2.0%
All Others 24.0%

Outbound Student Mobility

Number of students from Australia studying abroad: 9,983
Top 10 destinations and number of students from Australia studying abroad
Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United States 2,906
2 New Zealand 2,742 (2005)
3 United Kingdom 1,607
4 Canada 420 (2005)
5 Germany 374
6 Japan 333
7 Denmark 265
8 France 256
9 Sweden 232
10 Switzerland 71

2005

Inbound Student Mobility

Total international student enrollment: 160,000
Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes
Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 China 24.4%
2 India 13.6%
3 Malaysia 9.4%
4 Hong Kong 6.5%
5 Indonesia 5.8%
6 Singapore 5.1%
7 South Korea 3.3%
8 Thailand 3.2%
9 Taiwan 2.4%
10 Bangladesh 2.2%
All Others 24.1%

Sources

  • Australian Education International (AEI)
  • The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) -- Note: DEST included AEI and HEC (Higher Education Collection). For more information, please contact AEI.
  • Australia Government, Department of Education. (2014). Outgoing international mobility of Australian university students.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012). Global Education Digest 2012. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.