Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Australia witnesses a record 10 per cent surge in overseas students


                                                                       PA/03/17                                                                                                                      23 February 2017

                                                   Australia witnesses a record 10 per cent surge in overseas students

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Ms Harinder Sidhu, has welcomed the results of the latest International Student Survey that shows a record 10 per cent surge in the number of international students coming to Australia to 554,179.

“The Australia-India education relationship is strong and vibrant. India is our second largest source of overseas students,” Ms Sidhu said.

“Australia has some of the world’s best institutions and academics and our government recognises the importance of our international education system.”

The survey of 65,000 students revealed that a record nine out of ten international tertiary students were either satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience in Australia.

Based on the results, the top three reasons international students chose to study in Australia were: the reputation of Australian qualifications, the reputation of the Australian education system as a whole; and personal safety and security.

The 2016 preliminary export data shows international education exports hit a record $21.8 billion, making it Australia’s third largest export after iron ore and coal.  

The 2016 full year international student data and the International Student Survey are available at:

Link to the media release of Australia’s Minister for Education and Training: