Australian universities are growing in popularity with international students flocking Down Under in record breaking numbers.
A new report shows that Australia has never accepted more international students than in 2018. At the moment more than half a million students from all over the world, but mainly Asia and Africa, are studying in Australia and working towards that coveted internationally recognized university qualification.
A record-breaking 510 000 students have enrolled to study in Australia this year. It is the first time the mark has been reached this early in a calendar year, and is a 12 per cent increase on the same time last year said an article in SBS.
"We're on track to continue our record-breaking run of growth in international education," said Australia’s Education Minister Simon Birmingham of the 510,000 international students from over 190 countries who were issued with student visas this year.
“We are thankful that so many international students choose to enhance their knowledge and skills in Australia, providing a richer and more diverse experience for both Australian students and other international students.”
“International education is vital to the people-to-people links and knowledge sharing between Australia and the rest of the world.
“Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown the value of international education jumped 22 per cent from 2016 to $32.2 billion last year,” the minister said.
The half-million mark represents a 54 per cent increase in the number of international students in Australia over the last five years.
The number accounts for students enrolled in higher education, vocational education and training (VET), Schools, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and non-award sectors.
Interested? Find out if you qualify for an Australia Student visa:
You might qualify for this visa if;
- you are enrolled in a course of study that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
- you are under 18 years of age, you need to have welfare arrangements in place while you are in Australia. More information is available about Welfare arrangements for students under 18
- you can provide evidence of your English language skills with your visa application
- you have enough money that is genuinely available to you, to pay for your course fees, and travel and living costs for you and your accompanying family members while you are in Australia
- you meet the health requirements and you must have adequate health insurance while in Australia. Students can show this by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance
- you can prove that you are of good character and will be assessed against the character requirements.
Can I work while in Australia on a Student Visa?
If you are studying for an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to work up to 40 hours a fortnight once your studies have begun, at minimum wage or above.
If you are studying for a Master’s by research or PhD qualification, you can work an unlimited number of hours alongside your studies.
Source: SBS and NWI