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February 2018 student data released

16 Apr 2018

February 2018 international student statistics have been released by the Department of Education and Training, with results showing continued growth in students, enrolments and commencements.

Key results compared to February 2017 include:

  • International students in Australia increased by 12.1 per cent to 509,610, new commencements increased by 8.5 per cent to 149,442 and total enrolments by 12.6 per cent to 542,054.
  • The top three markets of China, India and Nepal all experienced double-digit growth in enrolments (18.0 per cent, 15.8 per cent and 57.4 per cent respectively). Sixth placed Brazil was the only other top 10 market with double-digit growth, enrolments grew by 26.4 per cent.
  • The fastest growing top 50 markets (by total enrolments) included Nepal (up 57.4 per cent), Mongolia (up 49.6 per cent), Bhutan (up 34.1 per cent), Cambodia (up 31.5 per cent) and Colombia (up 28.9 per cent).
  • Higher education led percentage growth by sector with a 15.6 per cent increase; followed by VET (15.3 per cent), schools (9.5 per cent) and ELICOS (1.4 per cent). Non-award enrolments declined by 0.7 per cent.
  • Management and Commerce and Information Technology combined accounted for over half the increase in enrolments by field of study.


  1. Some institutions do not commence until March.
  2. The Department of Education have discontinued their enrolment graphs and detailed tables. The latest data and full time series are available by market, sector and state on the MIP Orbis dashboards and in the student data pivot tables.

For further information please contact the MIP team