International Student Survey 2014

The Australian Government, in collaboration with peak education bodies and state and territory governments, has released an overview report of the findings of 2014 International Student Survey, the latest in a biennial series of national surveys supported by the government since 2010.

Results of the 2014 survey are very positive, finding that a high percentage of international students (88 per cent) were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall studying and living experience in Australia. This result compares favourably to the findings in the 2012 and 2010 survey (87 per cent, 86 per cent respectively).

Other key findings of the 2014 survey include:

    • The main reasons why international students chose Australia over other international destinations were the reputation of Australian institutions; the quality of teaching and research in Australia, and personal safety.
    • 89 per cent of international tertiary student respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their experience of living in Australia (compared with 88 per cent in the 2012 and 86 per cent  in the 2010 survey).

    • 87 per cent of international tertiary student respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their study experience in Australia (compared with 86 per cent in the 2012 and 84 per cent in the 2010 survey).
    • 82 per cent of international school students were satisfied with their overall experience in 2014. 81 per cent indicated that they were satisfied with their living experience in Australia and 77 per cent considered the teaching at their school was either good or very good.

The 2014 survey received responses from over 50,000 international students studying onshore in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET), English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and secondary schools sectors.

Findings from the survey will provide a useful updated evidence base for consultations and discussions following the release of the Draft Strategy for International Education and the Austrade 2025 Market Development Plan.


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