University of Melbourne receives most overseas students

14, August, 2014

The University of Melbourne, VIC, has overtaken the University of New South Wales, NSW, with the highest number of international students studying onshore in 2013, research from Australian Education International (AEI) shows.

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In 2013, The University of Melbourne had 14,165 overseas students studying onshore compared to 13,123 international students who chose to study at the University of New South Wales. The total means The University of Melbourne now has the third largest international student population at a public university (27.1 per cent), climbing rapidly in two years from twelfth place in 2011.

The Federation University of Australia, VIC, formerly University of Ballarat, had the top proportion of international students in 2013 with 43.6 per cent, followed by Bond University , QLD, with 35.1 per cent.

Some universities experienced a drop in their international student share, mainly due to rising domestic numbers. These included Macquarie University, NSW, with 25.1 per cent of international students in 2013 compared to 28.5 per cent in 2012 and 32 per cent in 2011, and Central Queensland University, QLD, which saw a drop of 12.6 per cent of international students from 2011 (35.9 per cent) to 2013 (23.3 per cent).

For a number of years, there has been a steady decline of onshore international students, but this decrease appears to have slowed this year. There were only 0.8 per cent fewer students in 2013 (216,298) compared to 2012 (218,001), compared to a fall of 4.6 per cent from 2011 to 2012, and a decline of two per cent from 2010 to 2011. Domestic students have increased by five per cent, leading to a slight decrease in international proportion by approximately one per cent to 18.8 per cent.

As reported in The Australian, Phil Honeywood, Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia, said that determined efforts were being made by the Group of Eight universities, including The University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales, to bolster numbers of international undergraduates and provide pathways to postgraduate studies.

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