Each year Australian universities report enrolment and revenue data to the Department of Education and Training (DET). This data set is a rich source of information about enrolment, revenue, academic success and attrition rates. Of specific interest are proportions of students who are international, proportion of revenue sourced from international students, and academic success of students. 2014 enrolment data are now available, with finance data released around November each year.
In 2014, 24.3% of students in Australian universities were international.
Proportions of University Students who are International - all Modes
In 2014, 18.7% of university students studying onshore in Australia were international. Recently, growth in international students has not kept pace with growth in domestic students.
Proportions of University Students who are International - Onshore
In 2013, 16.3% of total revenue at Australia’s universities came from international student tuition fees.
Proportion of revenue from international students
Finally, international students commencing bachelor degrees in Australian universities in 2014 passed 85.2% of what they attempted in first year, higher than domestic students (83.4%), the third year in a row that international students have bettered their domestic peers. Australian universities pay attention to the academic success of international students.
Originally published in The Pie News 2/10/2015
Footnote: Australia in 2012 had the second highest proportion of international students among its undergraduate population of any OECD economy, behind Luxembourg.