Research papers and reports

This series of papers and reports presents the International Group's research, which highlights detailed trends in Australia's international education sector.
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2017/1
International Student Survey 2016

Every two years since 2010, the Australian Government has funded a national survey of international students across Australia’s major education sectors. The 2016 survey is the biggest so far, with over 65,000 international students participating.

The main 2016 survey covers students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and English language institutions, with a separate smaller survey covering international students in secondary school (hence the results of the schools survey are not comparable with results from the other sectors). The main survey found 89 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their living and learning experience in Australia. This is the highest score measured so far in these biennial surveys and higher than a comparable global score measured from international students in other countries over the same time period.

The overall headline findings and sector-level findings are captured in the infographic fact sheets below:


     Headline Findings           Higher Education                      VET                            Schools                         ELICOS
           (pdf 229KB)                    (pdf 210KB)                   (pdf 173KB)                    (pdf 154KB)                  (pdf 183KB)
 
2016/2
Australia’s international students: What’s important for sustainable growth?

Steve Nerlich, Director of the International Research and Analysis Unit, delivered this 26 minute video presentation to the 2016 International Student Advisers Network Australia (ISANA) conference. The presentation provides an overview of Australia’s international education system and of the half a million international students Australia has hosted in recent years. Mr Nerlich identifies some key ‘pull factors’ which underlie international student decisions to choose Australia as a study destination, drawing on the most recent findings from the 2016 International Student Survey that over 65,000 international students participated from across all of Australia’s education sectors. Institution-level data from the 2016 survey is now available to Australian education providers who participated in the 2016 survey and the integrated national data is expected to be available in early 2017.

This presentation is available for streaming from here.
 
2016/1
The value of international education to Australia

This report has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to assess the value of international education to the Australian community. This assessment encompasses the sector’s contribution to the Australian economy and its broader economic and social impact on regional communities, tourism and the calibre and productivity of Australia’s workforce.
The analysis encompasses international students studying at schools, vocational education and training (VET) providers, higher education providers and those studying English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses.

This report is available in pdf 1.7MB or docx 587KB.
 
2015/3
Study pathways of international students in Australia

During their Australian education experience, the majority of international students undertake study in more than one educational sector. The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector is the first step in an Australian study pathway for nearly two-thirds international students. Many other study pathways are also available. For example, 42 per cent of international students in Australian schools go onto further study in the tertiary sector and 46 per cent of international students in higher education had studied in one of the other sectors previously.

This report is available in either pdf 474KB or rtf 1.7MB.
 
2015/2
2014 Sample Stocktake Of International Student Accommodation In Australia

This document provides a sample stocktake of international student accommodation usage in 2014, being sample data from a national survey of international students, further supplemented by findings of a 2014 national census of university student accommodation providers.

This report is available in docx 910KB
 
2015/1
International Student Survey 2014 - Overview Report

This report documents research into the experiences of international students studying in Australia. The survey sought responses from international students studying onshore in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET) and English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas (ELICOS) Students sectors, using the International Student Barometer (ISB) survey instrument. A separate survey instrument was used to seek responses from international students aged 16 years or over studying in Australian secondary schools in years 11 and 12.

This report is available in either pdf 2.2MB or docx 5.8MB
 
2014/1
Study Pathways of International Students in Australia

In their Australian education experience, the majority of international students undertake study in more than one educational sector. The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector is the first step in an Australian study pathway for two out of every five international students who study in Australia’s tertiary sector. Many other study pathways are also followed by international students. For example, 47 per cent of international students in Australian schools go onto further study in the tertiary sector and 48 per cent of international students in higher education had studied in another sector previously.

This paper is available in either pdf 481KB or rtf 1.7MB