Australia is preferred destination for many international students

According to the latest OECD indicators on education, the most significant feature of the tertiary education landscape in Australia is the large proportion of international students. Australia is a key destination for students from around the world, hosting more than 6% of the world’s foreign students. This figure places Australia as the third most popular destination after the United States (16% of international students worldwide) and the United Kingdom (13%). One in five of the students enrolled in tertiary education in Australia in 2011 were international students, the highest proportion among all OECD countries, against an OECD average of 7%. The country receives almost 20 times more international students than the number of Australian students who choose to study in tertiary programs abroad.


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